Talks from Stephen Platten's retreat with Margery Kempe of Lynn and Julian of Norwich now available in print

Glenis Lukas writes, "Stephen gave four addresses over the two day retreat in October – themes from the book of Margery Kempe, from Lynn, and the Divine Revelations of Love by Julian of Norwich. Medieval contemporaries, he talked of their very different lives, personalities; their pilgrimage and spirituality. 40 to 50 participants keenly listened to Stephen’s addresses, interspersed with readings and silences, with hospitality at the Julian Centre. We were blessed with glorious late summer sun, enabling us to have quiet time in the Julian garden. There was time for thoughtful contribution, fruitful discussion and insights from both books. We explored our solitude and our shared pilgrimage; our prayerfulness and contemplation; our need for solitude & pilgrimage, enfolded in God’s love as we journey. Margery’s and Julian’s faith and hope through their enlightenment, and the very real revelations speak to us vividly today. They draw us outward and onward with a deepening  in-dwelling in Christ – drawing us to openness and oneness."

I am far, I am near,

I am here, I am now.

This he knows, this I know.

The retreat was facilitated by the  Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Dean of Norwich 1995-2003. 

On 14 November 2018 he was awarded the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism as he steps down after 15 years as chair of governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome. 

Booklets are avaialble from the Julian Centre, 01603 767380, £5.00p including package and posting.


Attendees' comments

I think everyone there would take something different away with them. For myself I came away thinking about how we as individuals and as churches treat people who are ‘different’. Margery, in spite of her strange unconventional behaviour, which might even have been as a result of a mental condition, was listened to by many church leaders. Would we be as welcoming now? “Our thanks go to Revd. Platten for leading us in his talks, answering our questions and enabling us to discuss a variety of topics. Also thanks to the volunteers who kept us supplied throughout the time with refreshments.” Pauline W.

“This was my first ‘Retreat’ at St. Julian’s Church and as I am not a Christian, it is still novel to me to share an event with Christians, Vicars, Fathers, former Deans and ‘people of the cloth’ in general! I found Stephen Platten approachable and easy to listen to. I enjoyed learning more about Margery and Julian and it was interesting to hear other’s views on both of these incredible women in the discussion sessions. A highlight for me was Sheila Tolley’s Julian reading which she conveyed with such understanding and spiritual insight that I was quite moved.” Jo W.


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