Rediscovering Mary Magdalene, a workshop series with Kayleen Asbo, PhD, at St. Columba's, Inverness

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30 pm to Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:30 pm

Within Early Christianity, Mary Magdalene originally held an honored place as the First Witness, the Apostle to Apostles and the "Woman Who Knew All". Many early sources indicate that she was revered as a powerful and deeply trusted spiritual leader of profound courage, compassion and wisdom . Yet by the 6th century, her role was radically refashioned by the church to become the "penitent sinner” and eventually an adulteress and prostitute. In this first of a yearlong series of explorations of Mary Magdalene, we will encounter her as she was first known through a close examination of early Christian texts: the Canonical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the so-called "Gnostic" texts of the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary.

We will also explore the connection between Mary Magdalene and the Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt as we share  in Lectio Divina and icon meditation. Our evenings will end with sung Compline by candlelight.

Kayleen Asbo, PhD has taught courses on the history of Early Christianity  at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and led workshops, pilgrimages and classes on Mary Magdalene at  Grace Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology in Italy, Oxford University in England,  the Jung Institute of Houston, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, UC. Berkeley's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Bishop's Ranch. Her PhD dissertation was entitled Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Art, Music and Culture and culminated in the writing and production of a Passion Play for holy week from the perspective of Mary Magdalene

When: November 7,14, 21, 6:30 -8:30 pm

Cost: $100 for the three-evening workshop series

Anna Haight


St. Columba’s
12835 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Inverness, CA 94937
Phone: 415.669.1039