Our tradition developed on the backs of historical and legendary figures who encountered the presence of God in wild places. We too search the wilderness for divine sustenance on our trek toward the horizon of justice and redemption.
ENCOUNTER When your foot hits the trail, the day to day distractions of life in the de- veloped world begin to fade. That is your first step toward a profound and personal encounter with the wild God.
ENGAGE The vastness of our situation makes space for our stories to intersect. We begin to walk to the rhythm of sacred relationships, shaped by the experiences we share.
ENVISION As we go we collect images of the earth at peace and we imagine solutions to the obstacles that keep us from wholeness. We become a community committed to repairing our broken world.
WHY THE WILDERNESS? We like how it feels to be overwhelmed by beauty. We understand that a challenge is good for us and that the risk is worth the growth. We believe we will encounter God in the wild. We need a shift from our routine - to be unplugged, to have our distractions lifted - giving us an unveiled glimpse of what sort of life is possible. We want to feel close to the elements that make us up. We need to (re)connect with our Creator and our creativity.
COASTAL WILDERNESS PILGRIMAGE PARTICULARS Trail: Five-day/45-mile hike from Wirepass in Utah - through the Buckskin Gulch and the Paria Canyon - to Lee’s Ferry in Arizona - (search ‘Bureau of Land Management Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness’ for more details)
Provisions: Transportation from/to Coastal - camping and backpacking gear - food during travel and on the trail - permits - guidance in preparing for the Pilgrimage - guidance during the Pilgrimage
Activity: Carrying a 30-40 pound backpack for 6-10 miles/day - sleeping, eating, etc. in the backcountry (i.e. no human constructions or facilities) - drinking delicious wa- ter from desert springs
Daily Routine: Morning solitude for journaling, meditation and prayer as the sun creeps over the canyon walls - walk together through slot canyons, past rock for- mations and petroglyphs, within reach of riparian vegetation, and around river bends - share common meals carefully crafted for the trail and cooked over camp stoves - evening debrief, stories, testimonies, experiences and discussion - sleep under the shooting stars
Daily Themes: 1) Self-Concept + God-Concept - 2) Our Common Earth, Our Common Home - 3) Challenges We Share - 4) The Future We Share - 5) The Ecology of Us
The COASTAL Wilderness Pilgrimage is designed with three primary outcomes that align with our Vision, Values, and Vocation:
1) COMMUNION (Practices): The COASTAL-WP is a spiritual retreat structured with space for daily dynamic worship experiences as a group of pilgrims – e.g. sharing common meals as an embodiment of Eucharist, singing hymns, meditating on scripture – and (un) structured with sufficient space to allow for personal encounter with God.
2) COMMUNITY (Pockets) - New Kind of Family Formation: The COASTAL-WP provides a special opportunity for spiritual development through intentional teachable moments and reflection along the Way. The engagement with fellow pilgrims through these conversations and shared experiences serves as one of the most formative elements of the Pilgrimage.
3) COMMISSION (Pilgrimages) Outreach: On the COASTAL-WP pilgrims will be invited to envision ways that they can contribute to a peace-filled world. The destination of the Pilgrimage is not geographical. The destination is the act of justice or reconciliation that springs from the pilgrims' combined vision and efforts upon their return.
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