CTS Spiritual Formation

Ensouling Our Lives: The Gospel of Love According to Julian of Norwich

October 14–17, 2021AdultContinuing Education
This event is hosted by Columbia Theological Seminary

G. K. Chesterton once suggested that “each generation seeks its saint by instinct; and [she] is not what the people want, but rather what the people need.” Julian of Norwich seems such a saint, for our times. An “anchoress” living at the turn of the 15th century, in a simple cell adjoining the small parish church of St. Julian’s in Norwich, England, she received sixteen “showings”—or “revelations of divine love”—in midlife, devoting the remainder of her life to interpreting them. Her musings produced a book of Showings that is as startling and comforting, and as profound as it is accessible.

In this retreat we will explore selected passages from Julian’s “book,” discerning how she thinks through complex theological issues in terms of our lived experiences. Our approach will be dialogical, modeling Julian’s way of proceeding by raising questions–ostensibly, those she heard her neighbors and visitors raising–in order to understand the paradoxical nature of divine (and human) love. Our aim is to make sense of her profoundly Pauline notion of inclusion–that “nothing” can separate us from God’s love in Christ (cf. Rom. 8.38-39), and that “everything” finds its safekeeping in God.

Everyone is welcome to attend this retreat. If you are attending for personal enrichment, we invite you to participate fully in the program, including the book reflections and integration paper following the course which are required for those seeking credit toward the Certificate in Spiritual Formation.



This program is offered as part of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as course credit. Anyone interested in the course is welcome, but must also register through Columbia Seminary.

Rates below include conference fee only. Housing and meals are not included.

  • Program fee: $350 per person

Questions regarding conference registration? Please contact lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.

Refund Policy

Refunds for program fee are subject to the policies of the Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.


Rates are per person and include all room and meal charges for the entire conference (Thursday supper to Sunday lunch). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay.

Single Occupancy
Private Bath
Double Occupancy
Private Bath
$265.50 per person

If you have any questions about housing and meal reservations, please email SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Check-in/Check-out Times
Housing Check-in Thursday, October 14, 2021
Housing Check-out Sunday, October 17, 2021
Refund Policy

Refunds for housing in Assembly Inn will be awarded in the following ways: Full refund if notice of cancellation is received on or before October 7; full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after October 7, but before October 10; no refunds will be given after October 10; all requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.



The course will begin at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 14 and conclude Sunday, October 17 at 12 noon. The schedule includes morning and evening prayers, small group conversations and free time to enjoy the beauty of Montreat Conference Center.

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