REL1980-02.Spec Tpcs: Pilgrimage Stories.F16.Neraas,Julie
Spec Tpcs: Pilgrimage Stories
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There are few rituals as timeless or as cross-cultural as pilgrimage. The world is dotted with sacred destinations, from Delphi and Mecca to Jerusalem and Benares, Iona, Lourdes - even Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The physical act of walking literally grounds the spiritual quest as we place our feet on a path that others have trod before us. And whether a person can even name their exact reasons for going on a pilgrimage, the act of moving quickens our attention, gets us out of our habits, and new things can happen. In this class we learn the difference between being a tourist and a pilgrim, hear a first hand account from people who have taken long, 500 mile pilgrimages, and we will also walk the labyrinth. Readings will include: Traveling Souls: American Pilgrimage Stories, (Pico Iyer, ed.,) The Art of Pilgrimage, (Phil Cousineau), Walking A Sacred Path, (Lauren Artress) and To Walk In a Relaxed Manner, (Joyce Rupp).
Neraas, Julie, "REL1980-02.Spec Tpcs: Pilgrimage Stories.F16.Neraas,Julie" (2016). Syllabi. 11802.