Capstone: Following in Celtic Footsteps—
A Pilgrimage to Iona & Ancient Missions of Britain
Tentative dates: July 25 though August 5, 2021
Facilitated by The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason & The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman
Rescheduled from August 2020 due to the pandemic, the shape of this 11-day trip is contemplative and communal, drawing on the ancient wisdom of Celtic spirituality and the monastic rhythms of worship, prayer and life in community, while also breathing in the serene beauty of the landscape. We will begin the journey with Durham as our base, moving about ancient missions in Northumbria, with lodging just down from magnificent Durham Cathedral, containing Cuthbert’s shrine and Bede’s tomb. We will make our way to Glasgow, then on to the island of Iona, known as a “thin place” of holy presence. Inspiration along our journey will draw on the lives of early saints like Columba, Aidan and Bede as well as writings by modern spiritualists like John Phillip Newell and Esther de Waal. There will be two pre-pilgrimage gatherings for those who make the trip.
Details about the cost, itinerary, and book are not yet finalized. You may read the brochure of last year's postponed pilgrimage to get an idea of what may be involved, although be aware that the information contained in this brochure is out-of-date.