Sacred Places Journal
The Holy Longing for Sacred Places: Pilgrimage in England, Scotland and Wales
By Donna Fletcher Crow
In a context of national and international turmoil and danger, when peace is in short supply, it's not too surprising that record numbers of people are booking themselves into monasteries, convents and the like for short-term spiritual retreats. Not to be left out, Donna Fletcher Crow, our Wesleyan-Anglican Anglophile-in-Residence, is off to the United Kingdom for that very purpose, but with a difference: she's particularly visiting places where the holy lives and holy deeds of the few changed their tumultuous times for the better, for the benefit of everyone. Were these one-off events, or do these now-sacred places provide a similar hope for our time? Click on the links at the left to access each entry.
"Aren't you scared?" the little blond teller asked as she handed me my check in British pounds.
"I'm always scared." We all laughed. Everyone needed an excuse to laugh. It was three days after the World Trade Center tragedy. But even in relatively calmer times going down that jetway for an inter-continental journey always felt like going off the high diving board.
I had been planning my pilgrimage to Britain for months, was scheduled to leave three days hence. If the planes were flying by then.