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Madame Guyon: Mother, Mystic, Heretic
Jim Wilson, author of the forthcoming Annotated Edition of A Guide to True Peace
Original Date: Thursday, January 7, 2015
Jeanne Guyon (1648 - 1717) left a lasting legacy on the spirituality of Europe and America. Though she founded no sect, and did not consider her teaching to be radical, the simplicity and directness of her approach led to her arrest by the Inquisition in France. She was charged with heresy and imprisoned four times, including the infamous Bastille. Her brief work on prayer, A Short and Easy Method of Prayer, has assisted countless people and had a singular impact on Methodists, Quakers, and a wide range of spiritual seekers.
This talk will focus on her dramatic life and her simple teaching, suggesting ways in which Guyon's approach is uniquely suitable for us today. An inspiring life whose teachings are as vivid and applicable today as they were four hundred years ago.
Jim Wilson studied Buddhism in Korea, Japan, and the U.S. He is a former Prison Chaplain and one of the founders of Many Rivers. He has published a critical edition of A Guide to True Peace, a manual for the practice of Quaker Silent Prayer that draws on the work of Madam Guyon. He is in the process of preparing an Annotated Edition ofA Guide to True Peace, to be published in 2016.