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Norwich retreat explores comfort and courtesie 

Canon Gill Butterworth CJN will be leading a Julian retreat at St John’s Timberhill in Norwich on the theme of ‘Comfort and Courtesie’.

At the end of the Long Text of her Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich writes that God told her that all her experience, her wondering and wrestling, consistently pointed to and culminated in one meaning – and she concludes that Love was his meaning. 

Throughout her writing she works with many concepts and weaves them together as she mulls them over and returns to them again and again to emphasise how they illuminate that core and crowning assertion.

Comfort and Courtesy, Homeliness and Hospitality are themes which balance and counterbalance each other; that link together, having tension that both pulls and holds. 

In this time of retreat together we shall look at some of the ways in which Julian of Norwich experienced and considered these attributes of God, as she saw them, and reflect on what impact they may have on us and how they might enrich our own lives and faith as we seek to understand further the love of God and the God of Love.

Canon Gill Butterworth has been reading, praying, working and living with Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love for many years and finds them, and Julian, a constant source of inspiration in her walk with and into God. She became a Companion of Julian in 2009.
As a Distinctive Deacon, Gill has worked in parishes, as a Hospice Chaplain and in Lay Training. Now retired, she continues in an active ministry of Spiritual Direction.
The two-day, in-person retreat takes place on Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8 at St John’s Timberhill NR1 3LA.

Tickets are from £22.15, and you can book in here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comfort-and-curtesie

Eldred Willey, 22/09/2022

Eldred Willey
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