Pilgrimage: Wyoming

Sat., April 30 -Thurs., May 5, 2022

Overview

Pilgrimage: Wyoming includes a spring semester half-unit course that introduces students to the historical and theological framework of pilgrimage and spiritual practices that are central to the Christian tradition. Participants will also examine their own beliefs and experiences alongside other team members, as they explore the rich heritage and wide diversity of Christian faith. The program centers on a travel intensive to Cody, Wyoming following the spring semester exam period. Throughout the course and pilgrimage, students will explore and practice a variety of spiritual disciplines as a means to cultivate a life of meaning, purpose, and holistic well-being.

Requirements

The program is open to full-time, traditional undergraduate students. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Each student will be expected to offer an open and generous heart to the experience and to their teammates. The pilgrimage will be physically and spiritually challenging, and students who participate will commit to cultivating their physical and spiritual health in preparation for the pilgrimage.

Applicants selected for the pilgrimage team will be enrolled and required to participate in a half-unit course that meets regularly throughout the spring semester. The course includes weekly readings, writing assignments, and a final reflection paper, and participants are also expected to study and engage in the spiritual practices that are a part of the pilgrimage experience. All participants should be prepared to discuss their own spiritual journeys, showing respect for differences present within the team. Applicants are encouraged to reserve Fridays from 9-10:15 a.m. in their spring semester class schedules.

Expenses

The Chaplaincy will cover all costs except for any needed gear or clothing, meals while traveling to and from Wyoming, and personal spending money.

Logistics

The pilgrimage team will travel by air to Cody, Wyoming, where we will stay at the Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center (TAC) near the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains. Meals will be on site at the retreat center or in nearby restaurants. The group will meet for breakfast each morning before departing for daily excursions to include hiking, learning about the native heritage of the land, and visiting Yellowstone National Park. The team will return to the retreat center for dinner and team reflections every evening.

Leaders

The pilgrimage will be co-led by Craig Kocher, university chaplain, and Bryn Bagby Taylor, associate university chaplain.