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Pilgrimage: United Kingdom

Pilgrimage: UK began with a half-unit course that introduced students to the historical and theological framework of pilgrimage, the spiritual disciplines involved in the pilgrimage experience, and the significance of pilgrimage to the Christian tradition. Participants examined their own beliefs and practices alongside other team members, as they explored the rich heritage of the ecumenical Christian faith. The course culminated in a May travel intensive in which participants engaged in a walking pilgrimage along St. Cuthbert's Way.

St. Cuthbert's Way is a 100 km (62.5 miles) self-guided walking tour that leads from Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life, to the Holy Island off the Northumberland coast, which was St. Cuthbert's eventual resting place. The trail is way-marked and features a variety of landscapes as well as sites of cultural, historical, and religious significance. The final destination is Holy Island and Lindisfarne, where St. Cuthbert served as bishop. Holy Island is cut off from the mainland twice daily at high tide, so the final section of the walk includes the unique attraction of crossing the sands at low tide.

The 2015 and 2016 Pilgrimages to the United Kingdom were led by Bryn Taylor, director of spiritual formation, and Craig Kocher, university chaplain.

To learn more about the experience, explore the 2015 Pilgrimage: St. Cuthbert's Way blog, produced by Paul Brockwell (University Communications).