Julian Meeting Report 2017
Our Julian Meeting has now been running for over two years and has become an established feature of our Church life. For those who are still perplexed as to what a Julian Meeting is here is the briefest of explanations. Mother Julian of Norwich (sometimes known as Dame Julian) was a 14th Century mystic who became an Anchoress and spent her adult life contemplating a significant experience she had of encounters with Our Lord Jesus Christ. She then recorded her reflections in a wonderful set of writings which have, in modern times, been titled “Revelations of Divine Love” and are now recognised as being of profound quality and one of the earliest examples of writing by a woman in the English language. Some have compared her writing to that of Chaucer.
Mother Julian has given her name to a rapidly expanding and now international movement promoting the meeting together for silent contemplative prayer. The two key words here are” together” and “silent”.
Having benefitted from attendance at a local Julian Meeting for many years , and with encouragement from Father Graham, we decided to launch a Julian Meeting hosted by our Church in November 2015. We meet on the third Monday morning of each month at 10 a.m. in Church for up to an hour for fellowship and a half hour of shared contemplative silence. This is followed by a welcome cup of tea or coffee and chat about anything and everything. No one is asked to account for their experience of God in the silence we share because, by definition, this encounter is deeply personal and individual, and very often beyond the scope of words.
Our affiliation as the ’Burnham Area Julian Meeting’ to the national organisation ensures connectedness to the resources of the Organisation which is run entirely by volunteers. Happily our membership now involves friends from other denominations in the area and this accords precisely with our wish to be open and welcoming to anyone who might like to try this experience, or join those of us who find it deeply nourishing in the spiritual sense as well as very gentle and affirming. Visitors are always welcome. Taste and see.