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      James Thobaben

      SF650/CS650: Pilgrimage: Formation & Morality
      (TH601:Wesley course option)

      This course is a travel course to Wales and England. During the trip students will visit various pilgrimage sites and will walk the final portion (approximately 20 kilometers) of the way into Canterbury. To see full itinerary contact: Kim Sowers, STF Office or come to planning meeting.

      Students MUST take Pilgrimage class, but also may take TH601: Wesley

      Day 1 July 13, 2019 (Saturday)
      • Depart US (or wherever) for UK

      Day 2 July 14, 2019 (Sunday)
      • Arrive Manchester Airport am
      • Depart for Englesea Brook &very early Primitive Methodist Chapel with museum. Including material on early women preachers. Stop at and Tea Room ( Lunch at Englesea Brook)
      • Worship st Englesea.
      • Depart for North Wales and Gladstone Library Hawarden ( ); curator tour of the Library.
      • Dinner and overnight accommodation at the Library

      Day 3 July 15, 2019 (Monday)
      • Breakfast
      • Ddepart for St Winefride’s Well, Holywell

       Discussion on healing and the physicality of pilgrimage.

      • Pilgrims site since the 12th century – ‘bathing’ in the large well pool of curative waters is an option. Archthtecture is 16th century gothic.(
      • St Asaph. The Cathedral is reputedly the smallest in GB. Mainly built in the 14th century it was home and burial place to the renowned Bishop William Morgan who first translated the Bible into Welsh. A copy of his historic bible is on display.

       Discussion on pilgrimage as eremitical (individual) v. cenobitic (group) and how protestants understand the ‘pilgrimage’ of holy life.

      • Llandudno: Victorian seaside resort, location of ancient church of St Tudno’s on the Great Orme. Christians have been worshipping here for over 1400 years.
      • Llyn Peninsula.
      • Overnight at Nant Gwrtheyrn, Welsh language center (fairly remote beach community:. 18-2514 version 2 181218)
      • Dinner, bed Nant Gwrtheyrn

      Day 4 July 16, 2019 (Tuesday)
      • If the weather allows, a sea trip to Bardsey Island a focal point for the Celtic Christian Church, likely St Cadfan began building a monastery on the island in the 6th century; remains of 13th century Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary (used until dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537) (
      o If inclement weather prevent travel to island, then walk part of the North Wales Pilgrims Way (

       Discussion on whether pilgrimage must be economically and physically costly; what of the Christian life?

      • Return to Nant Gwrtheyrn for a second night

      Day 5 July 17, 2019 (Wednesday)
      • St Melangell’s Church, Pennant Melangell in Montgomeryshire (houses the shrine of Saint Melangell) (,_Pennant_Melangell 18-2514 version 2 181218)
      • Llanrhaedr ym Mochnant Norman church of St Dogfan parts dating back to the 13th century. The parish is best known for its former vicar, William Morgan, who first translated the whole Bible into Welsh in the 1580s ( )
      • Bishop Asbury Cottage, 18th century ( bishop_asbury_cottage )

       Discussion about Methodism in Britain v. U.S. and relationship of Wesleys & Asbury (including if ‘pilgrimage’ language applies to trips such as that Asbury took)

      • Overnight – en route to Canterbury

      Day 6 July 18, 2019 (Thursday)
      • A short visit to the City of Coventry Cathedral and the famous “cross of nails” and “charred cross” put together from the ruins in 1940.
      • Begin walk into Canterbury heading toward St. Dunstan’s

       Discussion on pilgrimage & repentance, using example of Henry II.

      Day 7 July 19, 2019 (Friday)
      • A full day of pilgrimage continuing walk along some of the original Pilgrims Way
      • Cathedral where Thomas Becket (then Archbishop) was murdered in 1170 on the orders of King Henry II. This was one of the four major pilgrimage sites of medieval western Christendom (along with Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela)

       Discussion on economics of pilgrimage & its abuse; meaning of relics.

      • Overnight Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

      Day 8 July 20, 2019 (Saturday)
      • Visits to the Cathedral itself will take up the morning and the early part of the afternoon.
      • Visit to St. Martins’s, Beata’s chapel in Canterbury, where Christianity re-entered Britain (along with Iona and Lindisfarne in the north, and Wales in west by Celts)
      • On to Hertfordshire (North of London). Overnight near Hatfield

      Day 9 July 21, 2019 (Sunday)
      • Hatfield House, (where it is said the young Protestant Princess Elizabeth learned of the death of her sister Mary, Catholic Queen of England and her accession to the throne) and later home of Cecils who helped secure the Protestant succession of King James VI of Scotland when Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, and later encouraged translation of the Bible which became the renowned “King James Bible”

       Discussion on history of Protestants and pilgrimage (e.g. following dissolution of monasteries in Britain; destruction of Bad Wilsnack hosts in Germany, etc.)

      • Worship as group.
      • St Alban’s Cathedral
      • Head into London.
      • Overnight Imperial College London comfortable student accommodation.

      Day 10 July 22, 2019 (Monday)
      • Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission including the excellent new Museum
      • John Wesley’s House
      • Bunhill Fields Cemetery including the graves of William Blake, Daniel Defoe, and Susannah Wesley ( mother of John and Charles), and – most importantly for pilgrimage class — John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress.

       Discussion on Protestant appropriation of pilgrimage language in literature and in hymnody; sing a few Sacred Harp songs.

      • St Paul’s Cathedral
      • Overnight Imperial College London

      Day 11 July 23, 2019 Tuesday
      • Return flight to the U.S. from London (or otherwise go separate ways)

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