Episcopal priest begins 2000-01 Spiritual Journeys series at Bates

The Rev. Margaret Bullit-Jones, an Episcopal priest, author and lecturer in pastoral theology at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., will discuss “Holy Hunger: Finding Food for the Soul Beneath Our Addictions and Obsessions” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall, at Bates College. The public is invited to attend this Spiritual Journeys lecture free of charge. Call 207-786-8272 for more information.

Using her experience with an eating disorder to discuss addictions, Bullit-Jonas will reflect on her journey out of compulsive overeating and the spiritual longing that can lead one home. The New York Times called her book, “Holy Hunger: A Memoir of Desire” (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998), “an example of self-examination that is indeed insightful and instructive.”

Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain at Bates, the Spiritual Journeys lecture series features speakers from a variety of religious traditions who tell the stories of their spiritual awakening and development. “Speakers are invited to explore how they experience a sense of ‘the holy’ in their everyday lives, how their perspectives and disciplines have shaped that sacred experience, and how they understand religion as a resource or an obstacle to the life of the soul,” said Bates Chaplain Kerry Maloney. Speakers may also address the political and social consequences of their spirituality

Next in the Spiritual Journeys series will be Richard Curry, S.J., founder and artistic director of the National Theater Workshop of the Handicapped in Belfast, Maine, and New York City, who will discuss “Through the Back Door: The Spiritual Journey of an Actor Living With a Disability” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall, at Bates College.

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