Previous Pilgrimage Sites
Iona, Scotland, a Hebridean island known throughout the world as a celtic "thin place,” a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thin, is home to the Iona Community. MWF pilgrims worship in the Iona Abbey morning and evening, and spend the remainder of the day in unprogrammed times of rest, walking, and reflection. We lodge at the Iona Hostel on the north end of the island, preparing our own meals and sharing dinner as a community.
The Way of St. Cuthbert
The Way of St. Cuthbert is a 100K walking pilgrimage beginning in Melrose and retracing the steps of St. Cuthbert’s journey to Lindisfarne. The Way lies between the borders of England and Scotland, much as St. Cuthbert, a seventh century monk, navigated the way between Celtic and Roman Christianity. The Way ends on the Island of Lindisfarne, home of the Lindisfarne Community.
The Taizé Community is a new monastic community located in the Burgundy region of southern France. The community has developed a unique style of meditative music and worship focused on empowering young people for lives of faith and service. The Taizé Community is one hundred brothers from thirty countries and Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian traditions.
Iona, Scotland | Spring, 2017 View Video
The Way of St. Cuthbert and Iona, Scotland | Summer 2014 View Video
Bishop's Pilgrimage to Taizé, France | Spring, 2013
The Missional Wisdom Foundation partnered with the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to sponsor a pilgrimage to Taizé, France for a unique experience of spiritual formation and leadership development. Bishop Mike Lowry and Rev. Dr. Larry Duggins led a group of twenty pilgrims to the small community where they lived and worshiped with Christian pilgrims from across the globe.
“The life of wholeness, which is to say holiness, lives in a daily walk with Christ. Our journey to Taize is an offering to impact not only the lives of those who are participating but the lives of people Christian and non-Christian alike, with the gospel, the good news, of God with us in Jesus Christ at a new and far deeper level. Through this ecumenical, transnational and richly multi-ethnic spiritual learning, I believe God will lead us to new and greater faithfulness in service to the advancing kingdom of God. Taize is a “thin” place where heaven and earth touch and spiritual leaders are formed in life changing ways.”
-Bishop Mike Lowry