Julian of Norwich

Lecture, Discussion Focus on Julian of Norwich: God as Mother

Julian of Norwich
Julian of Norwich

Historian and Loras College Professor John Eby will lead Womb of Mercy: God as Mother in Julian of Norwich, an online lecture and discussion sponsored by Sinsinawa Mound Center from 7-8 p.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 27. Julian of Norwich, a 14th-century woman recluse, has become increasingly popular in recent years because her ideas about the pervasive meaning of God’s love seem especially pertinent and needed here in the 21st century. A famous and significant part of her teaching was her assertion, repeated often in her “showings,” that God is our mother, that Jesus is our mother. This language, certainly unconventional in its time, speaks powerfully to many in the Christian tradition today. We will explore her notion of God’s motherhood. What did she mean by it? How could it belong to the context of medieval spirituality? How does her expression relate to the power of metaphors and to the social construction of gender? What does her imagery, taken in its own context, mean for us today? Eby has his doctorate in medieval history, coauthored “The Collapse of Apartheid, South Africa 1993” and leads the Children of Abraham interfaith movement in Dubuque. The fee is $10 per person, and the registration deadline is Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Please register by contacting Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visiting our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

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