In Praise of Communion: Poetry as a Healing of What Divides Our Heart with Poet and Theologian Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.
April 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online via Zoom
This virtual (Zoom-based) program is in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Month. If poetry has been aptly described and experienced as a means of restoring what is broken within us and between us, seldom has such a healing been as longed for and needed as it is in our day. How might we find in poems a means of knitting together — or what Julian of Norwich called “one-ing” — the divisions in our heart, individually and collectively? How might poems help us find the generative wisdom that often lies hidden in the silences. With the help of such poets as Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver, Kei Miller and W.S. Merwin, alongside several of Mark Burrows’ poems, we will discover how poetry weaves together some of the unraveled strands in our inner life, and those that make up our common life. None of this, alone, will overcome the deep divisions we face in our hearts and within our society. But our journey together might help us find a needed orientation, a direction by which we might live into a greater “communion” — within our own heart and with others who share this fragile and imperiled world with us. The morning’s rhythm will include time for small-group conversation as well as a final plenary discussion. For information about Mark Burrows: https://msburrows.com .