Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Poor Pilgrim: Sitting with Philip and Reading Romero on the Isle of Iona

Talking sheep, spouting cave, mountain summit fountain of youth, a marble rock quarry, a Celtic parable for every nook and cranny, and an ancient Scottish golf course. The island lived up to all its lore, and provided an incredible environment for spiritual exploration and transformation in the presence of Christ. So far, the best word I can come up with is “liminal”. It really felt epic.

So, I’ve got pictures, stories, and some incredible insights from Philip and Ali Newell’s teaching during The Pilgrimage for Change, combined with some of my own reading of Oscar Romero’s “The Violence of Love”. I hope to share about some next steps in my journey, a new writing project, and the people I’m feeling called to stand behind. I’ll be saving most of my writing material and photos for the presentation so come on out for a first-hand look!

 [Christianity] is a looking at God, and from God at ones neighbor as a brother or sister, and an awareness that “whatever you did to on of the least of these, you did to me.”  -O.R.

Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Lino Lakes MN
Tuesday May 17, 7pm

Church of the Open Door, Maple Grove MN
Thursday May 19, 7pm in the Chapel Room
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See Facebook Invite here.

Iona Pilgrimage Presentation

As you know I will be hopping across the pond to the Isle of Iona in Scotland to attend The Pilgrimage for Change, hosted by J Philip and Ali Newell (more info click here). Obviously I’m psyched out of my mind.
Many of you have asked to hear about the trip afterwards, so when I return I will be giving two presentations at two different locations:

Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Lino Lakes MN
Tuesday May 17, 7pm


Church of the Open Door, Maple Grove MN
Thursday May 19, 7pm in the Chapel Room

During the presentation I’ll share pictures, stories, poetry and reflections from the pilgrimage with a focus on Celtic Christianity and Spiritual Formation. Any time you have to take an airplane, train, bus and two ferries to get somewhere, there’s bound to be some interest stories (if nothing else).  I would really love to share this with you.
Put it on your calendar!

Preparing for Pilgrimage

Very soon I will begin my journey to the Isle of Iona in Scotland for the Pilgrimage for Change hosted by J. Philip and Ali Newell. As I continue to prepare, I’ll be posting some reflections in the coming days.

Last fall I applied for a $1000 scholarship from the Friends of J Philip Newell. Thankfully, I was awarded the scholarship and below is my response (150 words or less) in explaining why I wanted to attend this Pilgrimage:

It has become increasingly clear that the world around me is incredibly fragmented. I sense this disconnection in many areas; from the food I eat, the poor in my community, the violence of ongoing wars, and in the health of the earth. I long for greater connection– spiritual, relational, and natural. Attending the Pilgrimage for Change would be an incredibly formative experience for me, an opportunity to grow, heal, and learn. On my spiritual journey, I feel a distinct sense of call and openness in seeking inner wholeness. And outwardly, I have an intense passion to be a peaceful and active presence for justice. I believe that my call to the contemplative life is tightly tied to a call to action… so I hope to find greater clarity as I discern how to pursue this tandem calling.