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Hadewijch and Sacred Activism

Broadcast on August 15, 2022
With Andrew Harvey
Hosted by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, PhD

Andrew Harvey discusses the sublime and astounding work of the great Christian woman mystic, Hadewijch of Antwerp, exploring five of her greatest poems and meditations from his new book Love is Everything: 365 Poems and Meditations from Hadewijch of Antwerp. A 13th-century Beguine, Hadewijch was silenced for five centuries—her voice now returns with fierce splendor to inspire us all to be brave and noble enough to put love into action, even as a global dark night envelops us all.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The clarion call of Hadewijch of Antwerp, a 13th-century Beguine whose fiercely beautiful voice, once silenced, calls us to sacred activism
  • Andrew Harvey's reading of his new translations of five of Hadewijch's greatest, most fiercely loving, and most inspiring works
  •  Purpose and courage through the works of this brave woman mystic during this global dark night  
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Andrew Harvey

Mystical Scholar, Spiritual Teacher & Founder of the Institute of Sacred Activism

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker, and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic, and appears also in Rumi: Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Christ for a New Humanity.

He is co-author of the bestselling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer Banafsheh Sayyad in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi-inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of divine love. He has written or edited more than 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

Andrew Harvey