Pilgrimage Project

Memorial Church SteepleThis academic year 2019–2020, the Memorial Church invites you to explore with us the ancient practice of pilgrimage, a practice with roots in many religious traditions. Going on pilgrimage can be a transformative experience, opening us to new relationships; bringing us into communion with those who have gone before us; offering us new visions of community; generating new thoughts and ideas; and deepening our attention to the sacred. Join us this year as we explore how we might move through the world more consciously, attentive to the sacred within and around us, awake to the claims that the journeys of others make on our lives.

Spring Semester

On Pilgrimage

There will be opportunities to join a pilgrimage throughout the year. Pilgrimages for the Spring semester include:

  • Tuesday, February 25, 7-9 pm: Pilgrimage Movie Night. The staff of the Memorial Church will host a pancake supper in the Student Oasis starting at 6pm. Join us following the pancake supper at 7pm for Pilgrimage Movie Night, with a screening of Emilio Estevez’s film, “The Way,” the story of a transformative pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, starring Martin Sheen. This event is free and all are welcome. 
  • Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 pm: Interior pilgrimage. The great Spanish mystical writer, Teresa of Avila, taught the nuns in her care that they could make a journey to their “interior castle” whenever they wanted, without asking anyone’s permission! All are welcome to join usin the Pusey Room for a pilgrimage within. No registration required.
  • Friday, April 3, 1:30-4 pm: Pilgrimage to Harvard Sacred Sites. We’ll meet in the Student Oasis of the Memorial Church to set our intentions for this pilgrimage of Harvard sacred sites. No registration required.
  • Friday, April 24, 3 pm: Mount Auburn Cemetery Pilgrimage.  We will meet at the main entrance to cemetery. In case of rain, the Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m.

Pilgrimage Reading Group

Wednesday evenings, 7–8:30 pm, Seminar Room in the Student Oasis

  • February 19: Anonymous, The Way of a Pilgrim, the story of a pilgrim who travels around Russia seeking to understand what it means to pray without ceasing.
  • March 25: Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, an exploration into the journeys of undocumented children seeking asylum in the United States. 
  • April 15: Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community.