The Academy for Spiritual Formation is excited to announce that The Long Road Towards Justice and Beloved Community: A Civil Rights Pilgrimage will take place November 5 – 11, 2023.
Pilgrimage is an ancient tradition of spiritual practice. As pilgrims, we leave the familiar comforts of home to seek transformation of the inner landscape of our souls and return with renewed sight and “bliss-bestowing hands.” The Academy began offering pilgrimages in 2015 as one more way we provide transformative space for people to be in communion with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. Of course, the pandemic put a pause on that for a time, so we are delighted to bring these opportunities back during our 40th anniversary year.
The pilgrimage will be guided by Rev. Dr. Amy E. Steele, Dean of The Upper Room Chapel and Howard Thurman scholar, along with Johnny Sears, Academy Director, and Diana Cason, Two-Year Academy alum and architect of the pilgrimage. We will visit sites in Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma and have conversations with local guides, historians, and scholars, including Dr. Luther Smith, who will help us ground ourselves in the theology of Howard Thurman. Each day will be rooted in times of communal prayer, individual contemplation, and facilitated small group reflection to help us process and integrate our experiences. Participants will also receive guided preparation for the experience through reading assignments and live online sessions prior to the pilgrimage.
Applications are now being accepted. Space is limited to only 27 participants. Our early bird application deadline is May 1. Find out all the details and apply here today.