The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Conference on Julian of Norwich

Birmingham, Ala.,

Contemplative Outreach of Birmingham, Ala., will have its 21st annual conference on March 1, a discussion of the female mystic Julian of Norwich. The theme of the conference is “ I Am the Ground of Thy Beseeching.” The Rev. Julia Gatta, Ph.D., will explore the mystical foundations of prayer in "The Revelations of Divine Love." Gatta is professor of pastoral theology.

English mystic Julian of Norwich, who lived from about 1342 to 1423 A.D., wrote a book called Revelations of Divine Love that remains influential. At age 30, while she was seriously ill, she received 16 revelations.

She had very graphic visions and her book taught that God sees all things as good, sin is part of God's purpose, human suffering is a prelude to bliss and that humans should rejoice now in Christ's love. She recorded her mystical insights in plain language and was a pioneer of writing in the vernacular.

The conference will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 3545 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m.The cost for the day is $60 and includes lunch. To register call Diana Tschache at (205) 991-6964, or email: