Cathie Lambert lives in Margaret River, Western Australia. She is currently taking a leave of absence from ministry as a Uniting Church minister to complete a PhD through the University of Divinity in Melbourne. Her topic is the beguine mystics of the 13th century and their relevance for de-churched women today. She is also a trained Spiritual Director and helps to train new spiritual directors as part of the team at Dayspring.
Deep Water Dwelling is her spiritual direction business where she provides individual spiritual direction and runs retreats and workshops for groups. She specialises in mandala workshops, which was her topic for her spiritual direction project and released a book, ‘A Mandala a Month Workbook’ earlier this year through Mediacom.
Cathie’s elective session, Marguerite Porete: Hearing the Voice of a Beguine Mystic in Today’s World, is in presentation format.
Marguerite Porete (1250-1310) was a beguine mystic from Hainaut, Belgium, who wrote of her experiences and ideas about the spiritual journey in a book titled “The Mirror of Simple Souls”. She wrote it creatively as a dialogue between Love (God), the soul and reason. Scholars believe that her work was a great influence for Meister Eckhart who followed her. Her book was written in the vernacular language and distributed widely. Her text was seen as heretical and copies were burnt. Eventually, Marguerite was burnt at the stake in Paris on the 1st of June 1310.
Marguerite Porete, often overlooked, has much to teach us about the spiritual life and spiritual authority in today’s world, particularly for women. Her life and writing dialogues with Matthew Fox’s principles of Creation Spirituality by presenting us with alternative ways to view God, teaching about the spiritual journey, opening up the mystical life, challenging the status quo of the church institution, and challenging us to embrace wisdom from different times and places.
In this presentation Margaret will introduce Marguerite to the audience, tell of the highlights of her work and her life and assist people to see her relevance in today’s world.