Old Montreal to Kahnawake: An urban pilgrimage
To lead a group of students on a pilgrimage — a 34-km urban trek from Old Montreal to the Kahnawake Mohawk territory.
Through the walk, students will experience pilgrimage first-hand. The goal is to learn about oneself and physically experience the distance that separates two cultures — and to build bridges over those gaps.
In 2014, we led our Theological Studies and Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability students on the same pilgrimagee. It was such a rich experience that we want to offer this special opportunity to others.
Funds raised will subsidize:
- Group accommodation for one night on the south shore (Ste-Catherine) and two nights in Kahnawake ($1,200)
- Honorariums for four guest speakers ($500)
- Return transportation costs for the group from Kahnawake ($200)
- Entrance to the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, including a guided tour ($200)
- Meals ($400)
Matthew Anderson and Sara Terreault, part-time faculty at Concordia's Department of Theological Studies. Matthew also teaches at the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and Sara at the School of Canadian Irish Studies.
We have been engaged in research in pilgrimage studies for several years. We are currently editing a volume titled "The Pilgrim Body: An Anatomy of Christian and Post-Christian Intentional Movement" for Ashgate Publishing UK. Matthew has produced two documentaries about pilgrimage and mixed identities. (Watch the trailer for Something Grand.)
What’s in it for you
Donors will be invited to follow the pilgrims on Facebook and Twitter. Major donors will be welcomed to join us on the pilgrimage — provided they have a sleeping bag and good shoes!
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