40-days of Pilgrimage from May 31 to July 9, 2017…
…join us for a day, several days, a week, or the entire journey!
Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water.
Come on a spiritual journey of renewal, restoration, and reconciliation, shaped by the Christian tradition around a series of activities along the Connecticut River, from the Source to the Sea.
Water is central to life, and living, flowing rivers have played a integral role in ecological, social, economic and spiritual practice worldwide since time immemorial. The Connecticut River is a prime example of a river carrying the lifeblood of a region.
The Episcopal Churches of New England, the New England Synod of the ELCA, and Kairos Earth, in partnership with local, statewide, and regional organizations along the Connecticut River, are organizing the first-ever pilgrimage along the length of the river.
A core group of “river pilgrims” will journey the full length of the river, being joined by “daily pilgrims” as they traverse individual stretches/communities, and by “pilgrims in prayer” for those who aren’t able to paddle along or join in events but want to participate in the 40-day spiritual practices that correspond with the Pilgrimage dates.
Locally organized, shore-based, events will draw attention to the beauty and challenges — ecological, social, economic, and spiritual — along the waterway. People of all faiths, beliefs, and paths are welcome for any/all of the Pilgrimage.
May 31 – June 10
4th Connecticut Lake (northern NH) to Littleton, NH
Spiritual theme: The Call to the Wilderness / Water, Grace & The River of God
June 10 – June 17
Littleton, NH to Hanover, NH
Spiritual theme: Baptism and Immersion in God
June 17 – June 24
Hanover, NH to Brattleboro, VT
Spiritual theme: A New Relationship with Creation
June 24 – July 1
Brattleboro, VT to Springfield, MA
Spiritual theme: Drinking from our Divine Source
July 1 – July 9
Springfield, MA to Long Island Sound
Spiritual theme: Transformation and Resurrection