CTS Spiritual Formation

Between Nothing and Everything: The Gospel of Love according to Julian of Norwich

April 16–19, 2020AdultContinuing Education
A Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program
This event has been canceled until further notice.

G. K. Chesterton once commented that the saint each age most needs is the one who contradicts it most faithfully. Julian of Norwich was such a saint. An “anchoress” who lived beside a small parish church in the city of Norwich, England, at the turn of the 15th century, she received sixteen “showings” as a middle-aged woman, and spent the rest of her life meditating on them. She eventually produced a book at once wise and accessible, expanding these “visions of love” through a commentary in which she shares her radical discoveries about love, divine and human. While this might sound simple, what Julian offers is a remarkable vision of the immensity of divine generosity, and the radical call of compassion it places on us. Hers is a vision rooted in the apostle Paul’s conviction that nothing can separate us from divine love, and in Jesus’ radical notion that everything finds a place in God’s keeping.

The schedule includes two sessions each day with the instructor, morning and evening prayers, small group conversations and free time to enjoy the beauty of Montreat Conference Center.

This course is open to everyone. Credit towards the Certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF) will be given those who complete the pre-and post-course assignments. If you have any questions, please contact lifelonglearning@ctsnet.edu.



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: $390 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: $349.50
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $222.00 per person ($444.00 Total)
Check-in/Check-out Times
  • Housing Check-in: Thursday, April 16, 2020 AFTER 3:00 pm
  • Housing Check-out: Sunday, April 19, 2020 BEFORE 11:00 am
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 March 5; full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after March 5, but before April 9; no refunds will be given after April 9; all requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Questions about Housing and Meals?

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


The course will begin at 5:30 on Thursday, April 16 and conclude Sunday April 19 at 12 noon.

Required Reading

Julian of Norwich: Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality) translated by Colledge and Walsh, Paulist Press, 1977  ISBN-10: 0809120917  ISBN-13: 978-0809120918

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