Mystic Heart Meditation Program: Rebecca Cole Turner, Christian Meditation #2
Rebecca Cole-Turner, CJN, spent her childhood among the ancient Redwoods, streams, forest animals and wildflowers of coastal northern California, where she first delighted in the spirituality of our natural world. Ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ, Rebecca is a spiritual director and a pilgrimage and retreat leader. A retired psychologist whose therapy practice centered on helping people heal from trauma, Rebecca is a published poet whose poems often reflect her love of nature. Her book of poems, A Siege of Herons: The Island keeper’s Farewell, can be found on amazon.com. Rebecca is a Friend of the World Community of Christian Meditation - USA and has been an Associate Member of the Iona Community in Scotland for over two decades. She is also a Companion of Julian of Norwich (CJN). Julian of Norwich, c. 1342 – c. 1416, was an anchorite who is considered to be one of the most important of the English mystics. Julian has been one of Rebecca's most significant spiritual mentors for over three decades. A member of the Friends of Julian of Norwich (http://juliancentre.org/) for many years, Rebecca was inducted as a Companion in a ceremony held in Julian's reconstructed anchorhold at St. Julian's Church, Norwich, England, in May 2014. As a Companion, Rebecca is part of a worldwide spiritual community of people who have committed themselves to a Rule of life that involves living in our troubled world in a manner inspired by Sister Julian's life and her insights that are grounded in the Christian mystical tradition. In July 2014, Rebecca organized a team which began leading the weekly Taizé & Tea service, with Ron as pianist, held every Monday evening during the season at the United Church of Christ Randell Chapel. It is a contemplative service of prayer and meditative chant open to people of all faiths.