Julian of Norwich: Four Essays


Bishop Graham Usher, Father Colin CSWG, Mother Hilary Crupi OJN, Sister Elizabeth Ruth Obbard OC

ISBN: 978‑0‑7283‑0366‑9

LENGTH: 74 pages

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Four Essays by leading Julian scholars examining various aspects of Julian theology and how it relates to today’s world

This book contains four papers read at a conference held in February 2023 to mark 650 years of the Revelations of Divine Love. They show the breadth and reach of Julian’s inspiration in today’s world, from personal issues such as impatience and despair (Mother Hilary Crupi) to the great questions of climate change and biodiversity loss (Bishop Graham Usher). The essays also examine the place of compassion in today’s increasingly cruel world (Sister Elizabeth Ruth Obbard) and what the monastic tradition as it is lived today might reveal about Julian presence (Father Colin). The context is introduced by Fr Bruce Batstone CJN.

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74 pages



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


Bishop Graham Usher, Father Colin CSWG, Mother Hilary Crupi OJN, Sister Elizabeth Ruth Obbard OC


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Author Bio

The Right Reverend Graham Usher is Bishop of Norwich and Church of England Lead Bishop for the Environment. Bishop Graham is the seventy‑second Bishop of Norwich, formally welcomed in Norwich Cathedral on 9 November 2019, and has made Julian’s Revelations a theme of his episcopal ministry in the city and diocese of Norwich. He began life as an ecologist, is a keen bee‑keeper, and speaks and writes widely on the environment, including the publication of two books: Places of Enchantment: Meeting God in Landscapes (SPCK, 2012), and The Way Under Our Feet: a Spirituality of Walking (SPCK, 2020). Bishop Graham has embraced the legacy of Julian of Norwich in much of his ministry, and gives a hazelnut tree sapling to each of the people confirmed by him in Norfolk. Until 2020 he was a board member of the Human Tissue Authority. He is a Church Commissioner, a member of the Anglican Consultative Council and of the International Commission for Anglican Orthodox Theological Dialogue.

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Father Colin CSWG has been a member of the Community of the Servants of the Will of God since 1984, and Superior since 2008. Brought up in Liverpool, Fr Colin was ordained in 1976, and worked in parishes until he joined the community. He is the author of A History of the Community of the Servants of the Will of God (CSWG, 2000). Founded in 1953, the Community of the Servants of the Will of God is a Church of England monastic community based at Crawley Down in West Sussex and committed to the Way of the Gospel and the art and science of contemplative prayer.

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Mother Hilary Crupi OJN is a priest in the US Episcopal Church and has been Guardian of The Order of Julian of Norwich, since 2010. The Order of Julian of Norwich is a contemplative monastic order of the Episcopal Church based in Wisconsin, with affiliates all over the world. Members of the order are committed to intercession and conversion of life in the spirit of the teaching of St Julian of Norwich. The nuns of the Order live the monastic life together under Benedictine vows of stability, conversion of life, and obedience, while Oblates and Associates of the Order are dispersed throughout the world, observing the vows in ways suited to their particular vocations and life situations.

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Sister Elizabeth Ruth Obbard OC comes from an army family and was educated between England and Germany. She spent a year in pre‑nursing before entering religious life at the age of 8. During her time as a Carmelite she spent fifteen years as a solitary attached to the Carmelite Shrine at Aylesford in Kent where she developed a special relationship with Julian as a woman of prayer who was also close to ordinary people and their needs. With other trustees of the Julian Shrine she was instrumental in the founding of the Companions of Julian, and was herself a member until she returned to enclosure at her original monastery of Quidenham, Norfolk in 2013. Sister Elizabeth has written and illustrated a number of books, including Through Julian’s Windows: Growing into Wholeness with Julian of Norwich (Canterbury Press, 2008).

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