Pilgrimage and Travel
Although less common in evangelical culture than in Eastern spirituality, travel and pilgrimage are faith-deepening tools and significant expressions of Sabbath for many contemporary Christians. The natural destination for the Christian traveler—and all Abrahamic pilgrims—is the Holy Land, but other sites and experiences have also become destinations for spiritual development: the “thin places” of Celtic Ireland, the Taizé community of Northern France, National Parks, megachurches, short term missions trips, even theme parks such as The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida. Often the greatest benefit of spiritual travel is a rediscovery of place and a renewed interest in finding God in the spaces we inhabit.
- Wanted: More Christians to Dig in IsraelNew tourism initiatives recruit vacationers to volunteer for archaeological excavations.
- Passion Rekindled: Oberammergau Easter Play Returns with Great JoyTourists and pilgrims flock to German village as 1,800 local actors prepare to take the stage after pandemic interruption.
- Christians Can Learn from Muslims. But There Are Lines We Shouldn’t Cross.One writer’s attempt to relate Islam to her faith yields some lessons along with some stumbles.
- Our Pilgrimage Through LentA historian weighs in on how the medieval tradition can shape the days leading up to Easter.españolcatalà
- Bethlehem’s Inns Are Empty This ChristmasTourism to the biblical city celebrated as Jesus’ birthplace remains halted with West Bank under lockdown.
- Cleared of Landmines for Easter, Jesus’ Baptism Site Now Closed by COVID-19Chain reaction explosions clear path to the churches on Israel’s side of John the Baptist’s Jordan River ministry.
- The Holy Fire Must Go OnAs one of Jerusalem’s most ancient Christian celebrations is threatened by COVID-19, a brother-sister filmmaking team helps viewers experience the “Narnia” of their missionary-kid youth.
- During COVID-19, Congregations Can Bond as ‘Backyard Pilgrims’Author Matt Canlis invites homebound churchgoers to journey together from a distance.
- Easter Pageant Started by Pandemic in 1633 Canceled by COVID-19The famous Oberammergau Passion Play draws half a million people once a decade to watch small German village perform the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
- Bethlehem Christians Bear Burden of Israel’s Coronavirus CrackdownGiven the Church of the Nativity closure and self-quarantine of tourists—including 13 Alabama Baptists—locals fear the economy won't be resurrected by Easter.