The Wonderful Warmth of Ecumenical Pilgrimage

The ‘wonderful warmth’ of ecumenical pilgrimage  

Hot on the heels of the successful RC Birmingham and CofE Worcester Dioceses ecumenical pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, FHL learned of another similar pilgrimage, this time being organised out of Whitehaven in Cumbria by the Revd. Robert Jackson. Led by Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, Revd Richard Teale (Methodists) and Rev Andrew Mills (URC) 75 pilgrims came together from the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reform Church, Church Army, Salvation Army and other Free Church traditions for pilgrimage in March 2017. FHL provided advice at the planning stage of this pilgrimage suggesting projects pilgrims could visit to ensure they met with the ‘Living Stones’ of the Christian faith.

The pilgrimage was a great success with the post pilgrimage gathering in Keswick attended by almost 60 pilgrims, many of whom shared their pilgrimage experiences. Several were moved to go on to raise the profile of FHL by speaking to local groups and churches about the plight of the Christian community and in one case to open discussions on a school to school link. The Cumbrian pilgrims reported that the pilgrimage had a “wonderful warmth” and was evidence of many strands of Christian tradition working together to form part of "Christians over here helping Christians over there".

FHL are aware of two further ecumenical pilgrimages:

·         March 7-18 2018 CofE Lichfield/RC Birmingham Dioceses. For more information email Kate Durrant

·         November 2019 Portsmouth CofE and RC Dioceses.

For more information email CofE Lichfield Revd. Giles Harris-Evans 

email RC Birmingham Diocese Iain MacFirbhisigh 

If you are planning a pilgrimage please email the office or call 01926 512980.