“Love overflows into all things,
From out of the depths to above the highest stars;
And so Love overflows into all best beloved, most loving things,
Because She has given to the highest King
The Kiss of Peace.”
In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Hildegard von Bingen a Doctor of the Church, a Catholic holy title held by only four women. Who was this woman who was so honoured by the Church more than 800 years after her death?
Described by contemporary creation spirituality theologian Matthew Fox as “herald of the divine feminine, green prophet, church reformer” who “represents the big link between Christian spirituality and pre-patriarchial spiritualities,” Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was abbess, artist, composer, counsellor, healer, herbalist, poet, preacher, theologian and visionary.
Join us to experience some of the many ways the grandmother of the Rhineland mystical movement speaks to us today.
Our explorations will run over 5 sessions, but each session will be stand-alone so you are welcome to attend just as many as you can.
Week 1 – Tuesday 8 January
Hildegard the composer
Exploring her music