NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 30, 2021— The 2022 Wesley Pilgrimage in England, an eleven-day event that helps leaders deepen their understanding of Wesleyan heritage by engaging in spiritual practices while exploring historic Methodist sites, is quickly filling up.
The 2022 pilgrimage will take place July 9–July 19. It features visits to six cities important to the Wesley family and the founding of Methodism, and it will include talks from faculty members who specialize in Methodism. Open to all members of The United Methodist Church, to the larger Wesleyan family, and to ecumenical friends, the pilgrimage is a partnership of Discipleship Ministries, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and the General Commission on Archives and History.
Spiritual leaders for the 2022 pilgrimage include:
- Rev. Steven Manskar, DMin, retired pastor and author in the field of Wesleyan leadership, and the former Director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church
- Ms. Melanie C. Gordon, MTh, former Director of Ministry with Children at Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church, and founder of Do-Love-Walk Collective (https://www.dolovewalk.co)
- Rev. Paul Chilcote, PhD, retired professor of theology and Wesley studies, Asbury Theological Seminary and Director of Global Wesleyan Theology at Wesley House in Cambridge, England
Manskar, retired pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says he still carries advice from one of his seminary professors who believed, “United Methodist preachers need to make a pilgrimage to two places: the Holy Land to walk where Jesus and the apostles walked and to England to walk in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley and the people called ‘Methodists.’”
According to Melanie Gordon, “Something powerful happens when you travel to the Old Rectory in Epworth and walk through the rooms where Susannah Wesley taught her children how to read the Bible and pray. Visiting these pilgrimage sites reminds us of the importance of spiritual formation in the family and inspires us to do the same today.”
The Rev. Dr. Paul Chilcote says he continues to participate in the pilgrimage each year because, “I have seen the fire of love for God and neighbor rekindled in pastors and church leaders. I have seen clergy spouses reconnect with the Wesleyan vision and mission. And I have seen laymen and women inspired by the Holy Spirit to new levels of love and good works. This pilgrimage gives new life and spiritual energy to all of us who share this journey.”
The pilgrimage costs $2,195. This amount covers all lodging, pilgrimage travel, admission fees, group insurance, laundry service, and most meals. It does not include the round-trip airfare to Sarum College in England. All participants will receive a certificate of completion and 3.0 CEUs.
Scholarship funds are available for those preparing for Christian service, including United Methodist Church commissioned provisional elders and deacons, licensed local pastors, lay servants, lay speakers, and certified lay ministers. Scholarship recipients pay a reduced registration fee of $1,095. Scholarship applications must be submitted no later than January 30, 2022. To apply, visit here
A $350 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration, and full payment must be received no later than July 3, 2022. Participants may pay in installments. For more information, contact Scott Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org
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