Pilgrimage Week 4

Week Ending June 27, 2020

Current Week: 2476 km

Total To Date: 6767 km

Pilgrimage Goal: 7292 km

Total Participants: 58

Total Pods: 8

Need Something to Read?

Looking for something to read on our Pilgrimage.  Rev Shawn Redden has suggested you pick up a copy of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry". Get more details about the book on Amazon or WikiPedia.


Word for the Coming Week: WONDER

We will use this word to reflect on as we walk, run or roll through our week.

Some words may inspire you with exciting new insights while others may disturb your thinking or challenge your beliefs. Sometimes you will love or take comfort in what you are hearing, while other times you may feel discomfort or resistance. Pay attention to all as this is part of your journey.

Question of the Week?

We have been travelling the modern day Trans-Canada across this vast country.  What was the first "highway" across Canada and when was it completed?

Shawn's Pilgrimage 2019

There was a time where we were allowed to physically travel across our country (just last year).  Our Minister Shawn Redden provided some pictures and a note about this trip last year.

Attached are some pictures of places we were on our Virtual Pilgrimage last week, and some will be for places we will have virtually passed through this week.

  • There is a picture of Pebble Beach from Marathon Ontario.
  • St John's United was one of the churches we highlighted last Sunday, and is where Past Moderator Very Reverend David Giuliano served as minister his entire pastoral ministry. It's also the home church of our current Moderator, The Right Reverend Dr. Richard Bott.
  • Nippising Bridge is just east of Thunder Bay, as well as the Terry Fox Memorial marking the spot where he was forced to end his cross-Canada Marathon of Hope after cancer returned.
  • The Lake Superior watershed is also east of Thunder Bay Kakabecka Falls is just west of Thunder Bay.
  • East of Winnipeg is the Longitudinal halfway point in Canada The Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg, as well as the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.
  • The Memorial to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is at The Forks.
  • The Bridge to St Bonifiace across the Red River.
  • St Boniface Cathedral - Louis Riel's grave is also on the property.


Are we there yet?

We had amazing progress this week on our Journey to Victoria, BC arriving in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Don't worry that our journey will be over soon, as we plan to zig-zag across the North and up and down all of the provinces on the way home.



Some pictures that were sent in this week

Terry Fox

Most of us know who Terry Fox is and his amazing journey across our country.  This week we began our trip outside of Thunder Bay ON, where Terry's trip was tragically cut short.  His story continues to inspire us. You can read more about it here!

Canadian Human Rights Museum

One of our Vision's folks provided us with some interesting pictures from the Museum when they went there a few years ago.

Louis Riel

Louis Riel, Métis leader, founder of Manitoba, central figure in the Red River and North-West resistances.  Riel led two popular Métis governments, was central in bringing Manitoba into Confederation.  Read more about this Western Canadian political leader.

Local Virtual Services for June 14

The United Church of Canada Website has the following local area United Church listings for the Area


Time Zone Converter

Since we are displaying services in their Local Time Zone you may want to convert that time to your local area. Here is helpful website to perform this task.


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  1. Salisbury United Church women are enjoying watching our walk adding to the miles across Canada. Our word for this week of Wonder is an interesting and as summer is full of wonder I am sure our walkers will find lots to think about and discuss. Salisbury’s Foxy ladies walked 78 km last week. I myself look for walking in the rain next week, we sure do need a real good long rain.

  2. Happy Canada Day!
    “ How will we celebrate this year?? “- granddaughter asked me : after 17 yrs of going to the same parade in Joggins, seeing old friends, playing the same games, eating bar bq’d hotdogs and enjoying Canada Day Cake. I wonder what the new tradition will be? For me I will always remember the year I walked across Canada and celebrated virtually in BC. What a thrill to say” I walking across Canada in a month with 58 people.” So the average was 125.7 km each or bases on my math 4.19 km per day . So I was a little above average.
    The walking made me feel so good I plan to walk home , back to River Hebert. Hope you can find the time and energy to join in?
    So ‘wonder ‘ is thinking about things with your mind but to day I am going to ‘wonder‘ with my feet and see where that will take me??

  3. July 2 – just back from a lovely walk. Thank goodness is was cooler than yesterday, the heat seems to zap my energy, we sure need rain!
    I was noting the number of homes that displayed large Canada flags, it appears that lots of families may have celebrated at home. The community fun and kick-off to summer was missing. At the parade I would meet old friends that would share their summer plans to travel or have visitors. So I wonder how they will spend their summer. I wonder how many will travel once the Atlantic Bubble takes place tomorrow. My plan is to head to NB and enjoy homemade ice-cream in Aulac. I wonder if it will be as good as last year. Pam

  4. I am reading through some some things from my pilgrimage to Germany in the footsteps of Hildegard from Sept 2018 with Christine Valters Painter and came across this quote about pilgrimage as food for thought: “A pilgrimage is, of course, not a vacation, but an immersion in a landscape and a courting of holy disruption along the way.” – Christine Valters Painter. I’m WONDERING what landscape are you immersing yourself in these days, and have you courted any “holy disruption”?

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