Travel With Intention
Pilgrimage is an ancient spiritual practice of journeying to a sacred space for a spiritual purpose. When we step out of our normal routine and travel with this intention, we create space for powerful transformation to occur in our lives. Over and over again we hear how these experiences open hearts, build deep new friendships, deepen faith, and change the lens through which all of life is viewed. Our desire is to offer a variety of pilgrimages for folks in all seasons of life.
Fall Appalachian Trail Pilgrimage to God’s Thumbprint
Join us for our fall backpacking pilgrimage along a section of the longest hiking footpath in the world. Three full days of uphills and downhills and trail magic. Our planned route is in Southwest Virginia and will take us over Chestnut Knob, a 4400-foot bald, and around Burke’s Garden, a farming valley known as “God’s Thumbprint” because it’s surrounded by a 360-degree ridge line . . . as if God’s thumb pressed right into the mountains.
Total mileage over 3 days will be about 17 miles, but with the elevation gain and way-too-heavy pack weight it will feel more like 30 miles, so pilgrims will need to be mentally and physically prepared for strenuous climbs, groaning bones, and blisters. Anticipate practice hikes, with loaded packs, to prepare for the physical demands of this Pilgrimage. Trip dates are October 22-24, 2021. Cost: $175
Signups for the Fall Appalachian Trail Pilgrimage is open. You can sign up by emailing Corinne Jones (at ). There will be 14 spaces available and divided between first-time pilgrimage participants and prior pilgrimage participants based on interest. All that declare interest will be promptly notified regarding space availability, after which payment and forms will be collected.
Hello fellow pilgrims! We wanted to make you aware of some upcoming hiking dates that you might be interested in. We will be holding our last AT practice hike on October 9. We are inviting ANYONE who is interested in hiking to join us on this hike. Locations and mileage are still being worked out, but you can plan to make a day of it if you would like to walk with us. These hikes will be required if you plan on participating in the AT pilgrimage. However, we are welcoming anyone interested in hiking or pilgrimage to join us. Check the calendar for details. For now, we just wanted to give you an opportunity to get these dates on your busy schedules. Hope to see you on the trail!
Join the Rev. Sarah Carver on this Ireland Pilgrimage, from Dublin to Galway. This 9-day journey begins in Dublin with visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Book of Kells, and a welcome dinner with traditional Irish music and storytelling. Leaving Dublin, we travel south and west, visiting Kilkenny and Limerick and enjoying visits to Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral, and more along the way. We’ll enjoy time at Glendalough, in Galway, and on Inis Mor, one of the Aran Islands. For itinerary and more: https://progressivepilgrimage.com/hti22/
Zoom: Tuesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85167332215
Civil Rights Pilgrimage: Selma, Montgomery, Atlanta
This Civil Rights Pilgrimage is a journey from sin, to repentance, and finally to reconciliation. We explore slavery, white supremacy, racism, and Jim Crow on this pilgrimage from Greensboro to Montgomery and Atlanta. March 31-April 3, 2022. For itinerary and more: https://progressivepilgrimage.com/htcivilrights/
One hybrid in-person and zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 13 6:45 p.m., in Roe Library. Join The Rev. Sarah Carver and Progressive Pilgrimage to learn more about this pilgrimage opportunity: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85911606969