Canterbury offers three faith pilgrimages to adults who are interested in learning more about and growing deeper in their faith. These three study trips: Israel, Journeys of Paul, and Reformation & the Roots of Methodism, are designed to give life-long learners a much deeper view of the land and the culture of the Bible, and how our faith has grown since the Bible was completed.


Israel

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Israel

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This trip to Israel, the Land of the Bible, is designed to cover the Old Testament in its entirety and the Gospels in the New Testament. After landing in Tel Aviv, travelers on this pilgrimage journey through the Negev Desert, travel up the Jordan River Valley alongside the Dead Sea, and follow Jesus' footsteps in the Galilee, visiting numerous Old Testament and New Testament sites. At each step along the way, pilgrims are a part of comprehensive lectures involving Biblical exegesis, archaeology, and secular history, to fully understand the importance of each site they visit.

This pilgrimage ends with a multi-day stay in Jerusalem and the Old City. Pilgrims visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, as well as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which houses the site of Jesus' crucifixion, and his tomb... the site the Resurrection.

Pilgrims who have completed this journey have called this trip life changing and have said they will never read the Bible in the same way again. If you are interested in joining us on a future pilgrimage to Israel, contact Brittany Dollar at brittany.dollar@canterburyumc.org.


Journeys of Paul

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Greece, Turkey, and Rome

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The Journeys of Paul pilgrimage is the second study trip in the Faith Series. Designed to pick up where the first trip ends, this pilgrimage focuses on following the footsteps of Paul across the northern Mediterranean and focuses on Paul's letters to the churches that he founded in that region.

High points of this pilgrimage include visits to Athens, where Paul addressed the Athenians at Mars Hill; Corinth, where Paul spoke of Jesus' teachings to the huge pagan seaport there; and visits to other locations, such as Ephesus and Philippi where Paul founded major churches.

This pilgrimage ends in Rome, where Paul's life ended in 64 A.D. Pilgrims visit the Basilica of St. Peter, more commonly known as the Vatican, as well as the Basilica of St. Paul, Outside the Walls. Travelers will also visit Tre Fontane, which is the site of Paul's beheading under the Emperor Nero. The time in Rome is critical to understanding Paul's impact on the fledgling Christian world. If you are interested in joining us on a future pilgrimage following Paul, contact Brittany Dollar at brittany.dollar@canterburyumc.org.


Reformation & the Roots of Methodism

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Germany, Scotland, and England

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The final pilgrimage in the Faith Series is entitled "Reformation and the Roots of Methodism." While not technically a Biblical trip, this pilgrimage covers a wide swath of Christian history, from the 1st Century A.D., through the time of the Revolutionary War. The objective of this trip is to help pilgrims understand how the Christian faith developed, grew, and changed radically through the 1,700 year span of the history covered.

The pilgrimage begins in Germany, where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the cathedral in Wittenburg, beginning the Protestant Reformation. Travelers will understand the impact of this event, coupled with the development of the printer press by Gutenberg nearby, on the dramatic spread of Biblical scripture in Germany.

Once the Reformation began in Germany, it spread to Scotland through the teaching of John Knox and to England through the teaching of John Wesley. Pilgrims will be able to trace the early roots of both the Church of Scotland and the Church of England, which are predecessor churches to what we know in America today.

Travelers who have taken this journey report that they have learned things about church history that they never have heard before, some of which are quite surprising. This trip caps off the series by helping travelers understand how the story that began so long ago in Israel, now is practices in the faith that we follow today. If you are interested in traveling on a future pilgrimage following the history of the Reformation, contact Brittany Dollar at brittany.dollar@canterburyumc.org.

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