Why did we begin the Savannah Pilgrimage Project?
- Hunger for more embodied spiritual practices in Unitarian Universalism
- Disconnection from place, geographically (especially in high mobility communities)
- Alienation from our history
- Division in community (Denominational, Churched/Unchurched, Racial, Economic)
- Constrained relationality (Religious practice that either takes place alone away from church or together in church.)
A pilgrimage is a continuous physical journey which connects persons with one another, persons with places and persons with the sacred.
A group of “pilgrims” from our congregation (and from other religious communities with whom we are in relationship) journey around a circuit of places in Savannah which have collective spiritual importance (or “gravity”). In each place, the individuals and the group undertake contemplative or ritual practices to engage the place. This pilgrimage is a single day project, slated to take place once per year.
- To produce a congregational-based resource which we can used in Savannah and that we can share with other congregations.
- To offer embodied way to weave us more closely together with one another, this place and our history.
- To establish an ongoing and evolving annual practice in the congregation