Now, on that same day, two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them. -Luke 24:13b-15a
Pilgrimage is an intentional journey from the pilgrim’s context to a place of religious significance to promote spiritual growth or transformation. It is an ancient practice of process associated with many of the world’s religions. Adherents to Islam are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to Mecca to connect with the origins of Islam and with other pilgrims or Haji. Christians embraced pilgrimage very early, traveling to visit places associated with Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the saints of the church. Historically, the church sometimes required pilgrimage as penance or as a rite of passage into religious orders. Modern day pilgrims travel for a variety of reasons ranging from education to penance to a desire for spiritual growth.
Pilgrimage happens in the process. It is bringing intention to where you are and receiving the grace of walking and talking.
Pilgrimage happens along the way.
The MWF embraces pilgrimage as an important avenue of spiritual formation and transformation. The Foundation itself was founded based on connections and inspirations that took place on a pilgrimage Elaine Heath and Larry Duggins took to Iona, Scotland.
The MWF both sponsors and helps others plan pilgrimages.