This month’s Spiritual Reading Group will be on 12th Century mystic Hildegard of Bingen with The Rev Dr Wendy Crouch, Locum Vicar, St Peter’s Anglican Church Bundoora. Zoom link
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Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was named a Doctor of the Church by Benedict XVI in October 7 2012, following her canonization earlier that year – an event that had first been petitioned in 1228. Although she was very much a woman of her time in a number of aspects of her thought, she is also a woman whose theology transcends both time and place. Describing herself as ‘a feather on the breath of God’, Hildegard was a highly complex and gifted person with a prophetic voice whose many works in theology, music, visual art, poetry and drama are still inspiring people today. One of her key ideas ‘Viriditas’, or the greening and life-renewing work of the Holy Spirit, seems especially relevant for our time.
In the November reading group I will focus on her theology of the Holy Spirit (the ‘supreme and fiery force’ as she calls it), the imagery she draws upon to present this theology, and how it is viewed in the context of her theology of the Trinity. We will also explore its connection with her mystical consciousness. As Carmen Butcher says: “For her, no gap existed between ‘praying’ and ‘doing’. All was one in God’s love.”
You may like to prepare by reading an article by Carmen Acevedo Butcher: “Supreme and Fiery Force” via this link. Article by Carmen Acevedo Butcher
The Reverend Dr Wendy Crouch is a priest in the Melbourne Anglican Diocese, and currently ministering as Locum Vicar during an interregnum at St Peter’s Bundoora. With a background as a clinical psychologist, she is passionate about using an integrative approach to applying insights from both psychology and spirituality to promote emotional and faith development. During 2020 and 2021 she has been conducting both day and longer spiritual retreats for parishes as well as the oblates of the Community of the Holy Name.
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