Finding The Waymarkers: A Pilgrim's Journal for Modern Times

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Pathways

The Iona Community
A dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace, social justice and the renewal of worship

View from the Pier
A writer's journey of self-discovery

The New World Foundation
An organization of Associate Members and Friends of the Iona Community living in the USA

Project Egeria
Focused on the preservation and promotion of pilgrimage monuments in the Mediterranean

Abraham's Path
A route of walking that follows the footsteps of Abraham across the middle east.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
962 cultural and national heritage sites around the world

Explore Faith
Spiritual guidance for anyone seeking a path to God

Lindisfarne
Information on heritage and community for those visiting The Holy Island

Community of Aidan and Hilda
A dispersed ecumenical body drawing inspiration from the lives of the Celtic Saints

Confraternity of St. James
Describes and supports the undertaking of a pilgrimage to Santiago, the shrine of St. James

St. Cuthbert's Way
Describes a 62.5 mile walking route across the Scottish Boarders from Melrose to Lindisfarne

Spirituality and Practice
Offers resources for spiritual journeys

Christian Practices of Faith
Explores a way of life shaped by practices that respond to God's grace and love

Pilgrimage: Story, Spirit, Witness, Place
A "community-in-print" that contemplates inward and outward exploration

MORE PATHWAYS

 

Explore Spiritul Practice of Pilgrimage

For almost 2,000 years, Christians have undertaken physical journeys as outward and visible manifestations of the inward spiritual journey from birth through death to God. Pilgrimage has served as a central spiritual practice for generations of the faithful as each seeks to fulfill his or her own spiritual needs by journeying to a sacred place.

Traditional Pilgrimages
 

Pilgrims in medieval times trekked from the north of Europe to Rome and, if possible, on to the Holy Land of Jesus’ birth and death. For over 1,000 years pilgrims have made their way to the acclaimed resting place of the Apostle James in Northern Spain at Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrims have walked St. Cuthbert’s Way to Lindisfarne on the east coast of England and to the grotto at Lourdes in France.

Pilgrimage in Modern Times
 

Pilgrimage, as a sacred practice, is being rediscovered by millions in our modern times. Learning from the ancients and adapting to conditions in our lives, Christians are rediscovering the power of the intentional journey, of sacred places, of internal reflection, and, in all, of purposefully inviting God into our lives

You and Pilgrimage
 

This site is intended to help you, the modern pilgrim, undertake your journey, wherever it may take you.


Finding the Waymarkers: A Pilgrim's Journal for Modern Times
Spirituality and Practice

Upcoming Events with Susan

  • Bereavement Training Program - Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro
Monday, March 3
Closed event

  • Bereavement Training Program - Archdiocese of Los Angeles

St. Jude's, Westlake Village
Thursday, June 19
Closed event


Recent Pilgrimage Events

  • Bereavement Training Program - Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Tuesday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 16
Closed event

  • "Celtic Wisdom for Our Daily Lives"

Woman's Retreat
Trinity Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara
April 20, 2013
Openings – FULL

  • "Looking Suffering Straight in the Face"

    Presentation to Hospice of Santa Barbara
    Monday, April 22, Noon to 1:00 pm
    Open to all
    2050 Alameda Padre Serra , Santa Barbara, CA
    805 563-8820

  • "Visio Divina - The Sacred Art of Beholding"

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara
Sunday, april 28 - 9:00 - 10:00am
Open to all
21 East Constance Ave.
Sunday, April 28

  • Kirkin o' the Tartan

Trinity Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara
Sunday, April 28 – 3:00pm
Open to all
1500 State Street, Santa Barbara

  • "Looking Suffering Straight In The Face"

A presentation to Word and Life
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara
21 East Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Openings – All are welcome

  • "Finding The Waymarkers"

Book Signing
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Annual "Cutting of the Roses" Celebration
Jauary 27, 2013 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
End of Mission Road, Jolon, CA 93928
Phone: (831) 385-4478
Openings – All are welcome

  • "Children and Grief"

Bereavement Course for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Alemany High School
December 15, 2012, 9:00 AM - Noon
Openings – Full

  • "Celtic Wisdom for Our Daily Lives"

Women's Retreat
Trinity Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara
January 4 - 6, 2013
Openings – FULL

  • "Children and Grief, Grieving Children"

Bereavement Course for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church
May 24, 2012   7:00 - 9:30 PM
St. Monica Catholic Community
725 California Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

  • "Finding the Waymarkers – Pilgrimage in Modern Times"

Three Week Series
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara
June 10, 17, 24 2012   9:00 - 10:00 am
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, CA
21 E. Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

  • "Grief and Healing"

Bereavement Course for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church
18115 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
July 19, 2012   7:00 - 9:30 PM

  • "Children and Grief, Grieving Children"

Bereavement Course for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church
August 2, 2012  7:00 - 9:30

  • "Grief and Healing"

Bereavement Course for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church
September 10, 2012  7:00 - 9:30 PM
13935 Telegraph Rd.
Whittier, CA 90604

Pilgrimage News

  • Praise for Finding the Waymarkers from "Travel with a Challenge"

Susan's book has just been featured on this path-breaking website, which is a senior travel magazine hosting timely articles and advice about educational adventure travel, and unique destinations for planning stimulating journeys worldwide.

To see the review of Finding the Waymarkers as well as other articles on pilgrimage and sacred travel, Click Here

Pilgrimage Book Corner
Susan's monthly pick of other books that can be helpful to the modern pilgrim

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by
Rachael Joyce

When Harold Fry, retired and weary of his own utterly boring and predictable life, receives a letter from a dying woman who haunts his past, he quickly pens a reply.  But, on the way to mail the letter, he inexplicitly passes the post box and continues to walk. With no preparation – not even a goodbye to his wife – Harold starts off on a 627 mile walk to the hospice where his friend is dying, driven by the longing to deliver his letter to her in person.  So first-time novelist Rachael Joyce begins our journey with Harold, walking mile after mile, “one foot in front of the other”, across England on a pilgrimage of faith, hope and love that will change his life and perhaps our own. In this novel, which was nominated for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, Joyce allows the reader to follow Harold’s pilgrimage, to encounter a series of colorful characters intermixed with his own diverse memories, and to experience, in this modern world, the “movements” of the ancient practice of pilgrimage.

 

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