By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE
Norris is a Christian poet and author of nonfiction works such as “The Cloister Walk,” “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography” and “Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith.” Her most recent book, “Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life,” discusses her struggle with acedia, or spiritual sloth, during dark times in her life.
“We wanted to bring in somebody who’s well-known, articulate and can talk about their personal experience,” said the Rev. Jacob Thorne, associate minister at Broadway Christian Church. “She has all of that.”
On Saturday, March 5, Norris will read from her works during a workshop at Broadway Christian, 2601 W. Broadway. Afterward, she will discuss the “dark night of the soul” and how it relates to the Lenten season with a panel and the audience. The workshop will be 10:30 a.m. to noon in the sanctuary.
“The darkness of your life comes through during Lent,” Thorne said. “And sometimes you have to experience darkness to experience the grace of God.”
The workshop panel will consist of MU Creative Writing Program Director Scott Cairns, local pastoral counselor Robert Eichenberger and local psychology counselor Laurel Harlan. A reception in Fellowship Hall will follow the workshop.
On Sunday, March 6, Norris will preach at the 9 a.m. traditional worship and 11:15 a.m. contemporary worship services. Her sermon will be titled “Good for Us to Be Here,” Thorne said. Norris will also speak to the adult Christian education classes in “The Loft,” the youth center in the middle of the church, at 10:10 a.m. Sunday.
Broadway Christian Church is inviting the local community to come to the workshop, class and services with Norris.