The Spirituality of the Beguines: A Study Group

July 23 – August 13 in the Garden Room
Susan Pitchford and Robin Mondares
Do you know about the Beguines? They were a movement of women that flourished in the 13th c., though they hung on into the 20th (in greatly reduced numbers). They were women who sought to live committed religious lives, though they were not nuns & didn’t have a rule of life. At a time when women were nearly all under the supervision/control of either male relatives or male ecclesial authority, the Beguines managed to carve out a small free space in which they served the poor and wrote some spectacular mystical and poetic texts. Join us this summer to learn about their particular forms of prayer, to ponder their contextual emergent movement and how that can speak to us today, and consequently how they were one solution to the “woman problem” of their time. If there is a “woman problem” of our time, what is it and what sort of community/spirituality might be an answer to it? We will be using the book Brides in the Desert: The Spirituality of the Beguines by Saskia Murk-Jansen and other writings of the Beguines.