On Julian of Norwich

Recently, Dr. W. Travis McMaken at Lindenwood University, where I’m currently adjuncting, asked if we could have a conversation on Julian of Norwich, who features prominently in my research. I said sure, and it’s now on Youtube.

This year, I’ve presented three papers on Julian of Norwich, comparing her theology to Augustine (AAR Midwest); Anne Dutton (NABPR); and Paul Fiddes (Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy). All of these figures speak about theosis, though not as we may expect.

There are many things I appreciate about Julian.  She is a theologian, teacher, and a pastor. Her writings articulate her care for her community, her awe of God, and her desire to express the Triune God’s extravagant love to a people whose parents had witnessed the plague; whose church had been less than trustworthy, and whose leaders were intent on maintaining the status quo.

Here’s the video: 

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Image Source. Not much is known about Julian outside of her writings.

Additional resources on Julian are:

  • Abbott, Christopher. Julian of Norwich: Autobiography and Theology. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1999.
  • Hide, Kerrie. Gifted Origins to Graced Fulfillment: The Soteriology of Julian of Norwich. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2001.
  • Jenkins, Jacqueline, and Nicholas Watson, eds. The Writings of Julian of Norwich: a Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2007.
  • Julian of Norwich. Showings. Edited by Edmund Colledge and James Walsh. New York: Paulist Press, 1978.
  • Pelphrey, Brant. Love was his Meaning: The Theology and Mysticism of Julian of Norwich. Salzburg, Austria: Institut Für Anglistik und Amerikanistik Universität Salzburg, 1982.  (If you get a hold of this copy, let me know!! The only copies I can track down are in libraries). 
  • Soskice, Janet. The Kindness of God. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Turner, Denys. Julian of Norwich: Theologian.


Thank  you to Dr. McMaken for the opportunity–this conversation was the spark I needed to keep going.



Author: Kate Hanch

I like to laugh, study theology, the church, & Missouri sports. Sister, daughter, wife, Baptist, Christian feminist, friend, minister, PhD student in theology, wanderlust.

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