Kindness in the Time of Pandemic: Julian of Norwich on Pain, Hope, and God’s ‘Kinde Love’

March 14, 4pm, Virtual (RSVP required)

Julian of Norwich endured several waves of the plague and resulting social upheaval, including a major rebellion in 1381. Her book, Showings, was in part her way of responding to such pain, anxiety, and division. She placed her hope (“All Shall Be Well, and Every Kind of Thing Shall be Well”) in what she called God’s “kinde love,” where “kind” signaled not only divine benevolence but also intimate kinship between God and humanity (God as mother), as well as among all humans. She proposed a new form of Christian humanism. 

Julia A. Lamm is Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, where she has taught for 30 years. She has been a parishioner at Holy Trinity for almost as long; she and her husband, Alan Mitchell, are proud parents of an HTS and Gonzaga High School alumnus. She is author of God’s ‘Kinde’ Love: Julian of Norwich’s Vernacular Theology of Grace (Crossroad/Herder&Herder, 2019) and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (Wiley, 2013). Another book, Schleiermacher’s Plato, will appear later this year (Walter de Gruyter, 2021).

If interested in reading more about Julian of Norwich. Participants are invited to read any chapter of the God’s ‘Kinde’ Love available via Crossroad Publishing, Amazon, or special ordered through your local bookstore. See and share the flyer.