2014 Pilgrimage Symposium

The Pilgrimage Symposium brings to the wider campus conversations that highlight the spiritual journeys of our students as they seek to explore the meaning of faith and its power to transform individuals and communities through peace building and social action.

Each year, the Office of the Chaplaincy embarks upon a series of pilgrimage opportunities that help illumine what it means to be a person of faith in today’s diverse world. The travel intensives challenge students to learn from others that have worked for the common good in places such as Israel, Poland, France, South Korea and Morocco. As a result, students return with a renewed commitment to their individual faith, a strengthened vision of service to others, and a commitment to continue the Pilgrimage mission both on campus and beyond.

This year, the Symposium will be composed of two events:

Witnessing Despair, Finding Hope: Commemorating the Holocaust

Students who traveled on Pilgrimage: Poland will be taking their experiences from Poland, thinking through the important messages of witness and memory, and leading a Holocaust Commemoration for the university community.

Wednesday, April 9th 7:00 – 8:00pm, Brown Alley Room

Paths Along the Journey

Students who traveled on Pilgrimage: France and who will be traveling on Pilgrimage: Morocco will share their journey with the wider community. As part of the Symposium, students are challenged to think about how Pilgrimage has shaped their spiritual journey, how they understand the world around them, and what they have learned and hope to learn from others across a spectrum of belief and practice. A reception and photo exhibition from Pilgrimage: Poland will follow.

Thursday, April 10th 4:30 – 6:00pm, Wilton Center Multifaith Room

For more information, please contact Emily Cobb at ecobb@richmond.edu.