One of the things that happens with the youTheology Pilgrimage, is that the history becomes more real as youTheologians visit the sites, see the artifacts, and hear the stories. Although we would have covered some of this before in sessions at Saint Paul School of Theology, somehow, being in the context, in those buildings and locations where much of the history unfolded brings a different perspective that increases awareness and learning. At the end of the first day, Lindsey commented, "I learned much more about AMEZ and CME culture." I believe this is one of the reasons Thomas Landy of Holy Cross could say of the pilgrimage in Ignatius' footsteps in the Fall 2004 Holy Cross Magazine: "A pilgrimage is one of the best and most intensive ways to achieve that formation, that exposure to Jesuit spirituality" (Murphy 2004, 34). We certainly see our students much more aware and appreciative of as well as owning more of the rich Methodist heritage through which they serve God.
Loving God, Loving Neighbor