Searching for Mary Magdalene A three week introduction to the lost feminine within Early Christianity November 7-21, 2019
Within Early Christianity, Mary Magdalene originally held an honored place as the First Witness, the Apostle to Apostles and the "Woman Who Knew All". Many early sources indicate that she was revered as a powerful and deeply trusted spiritual leader of profound courage, compassion and wisdom . Yet by the 6th century, her role was radically refashioned by the church to become the "penitent sinner" and eventually an adulteress and prostitute. In this first of a year long series of explorations of Mary Magdalene, we will encounter her as she was first known through a close examination of early Christian texts: the Canonical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the so-called "Gnostic" texts of the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary.
We will also explore the connection between Mary Magdalene and the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt and share in Lectio Divina, chanting and icon meditation
St.Columba's Retreat House Inverness, California Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm
November 7: Apostle to the Apostles: The Biblical Magdalene (s) November 14: Mary Magdalene and the House of Bethany November 21: The Gnostic Magdalene: The Woman Who Knew All