Dear Members of the St Thomas’s family,
In two weeks (Sunday, Jan. 22), the adult education group will begin discussing the first autobiography ever written in English, The Book of Margery Kempe, written by Margery Kempe (c. 1372-after 1438). Although it is an autobiography, it focuses largely on her fantastic spiritual life and has much to fascinate modern readers. If you are interested in joining us, you are most welcome to do so on Sundays at 9:15 in the parlor. We will be reading the Penguin translation by B. Windeatt, which is readily available through Amazon.
After we have talked through Margery for a few weeks, we will then move on to the even more famous Revelations of Divine Love by someone born about 30 years earlier, Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), a mystic and spiritual guide whom Margery once visited. On May 8, 1373, while Julian lay at death’s door, she experienced 16 visions which she wrote up about 20 years later in her Shewings or Revelations (the more common translation), which are easily accessible in at least a half-dozen translations. The “Julian Porch” at church (to the left up front) is named after her and is inscribed with one of her more famous sayings.
If you are even vaguely possibly interested in any of this, please join us in the parlor on Sundays at 9:15. If you’d like more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Duggan (and Ronnie Wilbur, co-leaders of adult ed)