Preparing for the Pilgrimage to Phoenix

Greetings, dear reader!  It has been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I’m delighted to announce that we’re about to journey together once again.

On Thursday, June 14, at 7:00am, our Pilgrimage to Phoenix departs from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota.

I will be leaving Minnesota with 10 terrific teenagers and 3 amazing adults to attend the 2012 Justice General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  This group has spent the last nine months raising over $12,000 to make this dream into a reality.

This isn’t a vacation, and it isn’t a mission trip.  This is a time for us to travel together over the face of this land, asking ourselves what it means to be American — or, perhaps, what it means to be human.  How can we all work together to become more authentically, more lovingly, ourselves?  It is a spiritual journey, full of change and challenge.

Our merry little band of 14 pilgrims will be journeying through the plains of South Dakota, across the deserts of Wyoming, into the mountains of Utah, until we get to the Valley of the Sun, otherwise known as Phoenix, Arizona.   Then we will journey across Colorado and follow the Platte River through Nebraska to Kearney, and then our journey will lead us through Iowa and back up into Minnesota.  We will be on the road together in two vans for 15 days.

For two nights of our journey, we will be relying on the hospitality of strangers.  Members of the Black Hills UU Fellowship in Rapid City, South Dakota and members of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah will be offering us home hospitality.  For four nights of our journey, we will be camping in tents at National Parks and Forests, including Yellowstone, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.  One night will be spent camping on the Ute Tribal Lands. Another will be spent at the High Mountain Lodge.  And five nights will be spent in the historic San Carlos Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

We have been looking forward to this trip, raising money, and planning for so long that I can hardly believe we’re leaving in just over two weeks!  There is much yet to be done, but part of making this journey into a spiritual practice is trusting that what needs to happen will happen.  I am so proud and honored to be sharing the road with this group of amazing, committed, and courageous people.

I look forward to updating you more as the time draws closer!



About Leaping Loon

I am an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister serving our congregation in Elgin, Illinois. While I am determined to embrace my propensity to wander, it oftentimes takes a leap of faith to do so. My life's motto seems to be: "Leap, and the net will appear." True to my spirit, and following Love's call, I must simply free myself to go. Where will I end up? Let's find out. Welcome to my journey!
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2 Responses to Preparing for the Pilgrimage to Phoenix

  1. Lee Marie says:

    C U in Phoenix, Leslie…and until then I will be enjoying your journey as you make your way here to the Pacific Southwest District to our Justice GA!

    • Leaping Loon says:

      Thanks for reading, Lee Marie — and congratulations on your graduation from MLTS! I’m so excited to have a reunion of our Love People in Phoenix. 🙂

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