Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Moving!



All right, pilgrims!  I'm moving.  It is time to move to Portland, Oregon!  I'm the new interim head of staff at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR!  Come and visit.

Dean will stay here and tend to the home we own.  Adrianne and her husband, Scott, are moving to Weaverville, and Parker is finishing up at UNC-W.

The pilgrimage continues anon!

Buen camino!

Brett

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Practicing Pilgrimage Prayers


That's me in the foreground.

I'm working VERY hard on my next book, Practicing Pilgrimage.

I'll post some of the chapters on this site!

Expect to be amazed!

Buen Camino!

Brett

Friday, June 6, 2014

Walking is falling forward.



In the series, "To Walk the World" in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (Dec. 2013), Paul Salopek gives us a there is a wonderful definition or description of walking:

Walking is falling forward.

Each step we take is an arrested plunge, a collapse averted, a disaster braked.  in this way, to walk becomes an act of faith.  We perform it daily: a two-beat miracle--an iambic teetering, a holding on and letting go

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How cool is this!

Buen Camino!

B

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Need to Walk

I have a need to walk.

Maybe becasue it's the end of the semester.

I think it has to do with the rhythm of life.

I need to walk.

Because we had to scrap the walk along St. Cuthbert's Way, there is still a need to walk.  I'm mostly going to walk part of the Camino to visit a friend and visit with pilgrims who come along the way.

I need to walk.

Buen camino!

B

Monday, May 12, 2014

Update on Spring Pilgrimage: Spain!

Because of the low numbers the pilgrimage along St. Cuthbert's Way was cancelled.

However, I'm going to walk parts of the Camino, going to a small Albergue outside of Leon, Spain to spend time with a co-hort of pilgrims.

Buen Camino!

B

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Still Room for Pilgrims on St. Cuthbert's Way Pilgrimage!



Still room for more!

St. Cuthbert's Way Pilgrimage: May 24-31, 2014!

65 miles/5 days/6 nights.

$990.

Melrose Abbey, Scotland to Lindisfarne, England.

Trail Trekkers will be transporting equipment, preparing food and shelter.

Come for this time of communion with the saints above and right here on earth!

Buen Camino!

B

How Pilgrimage Teaches Us About Lent

From my article on Huffingtonpost.com:

For Christians, Lent is a season that is almost synonymous with the word "journey". In preparation for Easter, for 40 days, many people choose either to give up something, as Jesus did when he practiced fasting in the wilderness, or to re-focus on a Christian spiritual practice with a renewed sense of purpose. Whether one relinquishes something favored or adopts new habits, such activity is meant to lead people to remember the pattern of the Last Supper that prefigures an act of Godly love, the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, culminating in the celebration of the divine resurrection of Christ.
While I am usually drawn either to surrender or take on new during Lent, my attention this year is on the high incidence of traveling metaphors commonly used by writers, speakers, pastors, and priests alike, when describing Lent. The intent of using this language is to assist believers in focusing on the progress or process of transformation in this hallowed season. As I read and hear from religious leaders, some of my favorite ways of traversing over the 40-day period of Lent is as follows: one goes on a mysterious journey as one follows Jesus; Lent is a sacred pilgrimage into the desert of our lives accompanied by Christ's spirit. Or it is a solemn trek into an unknown land requiring us to rely upon the Spirit to give us strength in our time of praying and fasting. Other teachers talk of wandering on the road of temptation and forgiveness, or maybe a trail of remembrances, reflecting upon what Jesus has done and is doing for us. A few seek to be on a quest for a deeper understanding of the mystery of forgiveness as we make our way along a pathway toward more meaningful faith, one step at a time.

Read more here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brett-webbmitchell/how-pilgrimage-teaches-us_b_5024561.html

Buen Camino!

B