Pilgrimage: New Mexico

Sacred Center, Sacred Quest

Fri., October 12 - Tues., October 16, 2018

The Program
Journey to the ancient pilgrimage site of the Pueblo people to explore spiritual questions in the light of the sacred architecture and mysteries of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Pilgrimage: New Mexico involves a 6-week small group study that includes a pilgrimage to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico during Fall Break. The pilgrimage will help students create or deepen their own spirituality through the lens of the sacred story of the Chacoan culture.

In our small group study and during our time in this stark and challenging place, we will learn from this ancient civilization ways to search for the “sacred center,” look to the stars to better discern our role on Earth (at the observatory and as we camp underneath the stars in this International Dark Sky Park), and explore ways to build our lives in harmony with the Heavens and Earth. Our quest will be guided by the following spiritual questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How shall I live?

Spiritual seekers and students of all faith or no faith backgrounds are welcome to apply for this spiritual journey. Applicants should be aware that the pilgrimage involves hiking and camping. Students selected will be required to attend all group meetings. Post-trip activities will integrate the experience and apply it to life at the University of Richmond and beyond. Participants are required to write a culminating reflection paper or create a multimedia presentation on how their spirituality has developed through their experiences in the small group and pilgrimage. The Chaplaincy will cover the majority of the costs for each pilgrim, but a modest financial contribution of $250 will be expected. Those with financial concerns or limitations are encouraged to contact Jamie Lynn Haskins (see below) for further conversation.

The pilgrimage is co-led by Jamie Lynn Haskins, Chaplain for Spiritual Life, and Craig Kocher, University Chaplain.