Companions for the Journey

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“Well begun is half done,” as the expression goes (and is particularly comforting when contemplating a thousand-mile journey on foot). And we are looking forward to a marvelous beginning of our pilgrimage.

Saturday we’ll be traveling to Erfurt and spending the night at the Augustinian priory where Luther himself spent his years as a brother in Erfurt—and, in an unexpected and fascinating turn, it’s now occupied by Lutheran nuns!

The next morning, Sunday, we’ll get a pilgrim’s blessing at church—more details on that soon to follow—before setting off for our first day’s trek to Arnstadt.

And we are particularly happy to report that two fellow pilgrims will keep us company at the outset of this trip.

Hans Wiersma is a professor of Reformation history at Augsburg College and a fellow Lutheran. His interest in our pilgrimage is, well, understandable!

Our other companion is Anne-Sylvie, a Catholic scholar of the Koran. We are thrilled that our trip toward Rome in the hopes of Lutheran-Catholic reconciliation begins with the company of a Catholic fellow believer in Christ.

3 thoughts on “Companions for the Journey

  1. We will be walking with you. The ELCA ecumenical webpage has the information and we are publicizing the trip so others may participate in this journey and opportunity. Thanks for “Here I Walk.”

    Rev. Donald McCoid
    Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  2. Will be in prayers all through your journey, with hopes for reconciliation Lutheran-Catholic-Orthodox. Particularly right you begin from the Augustinian priory at Erfurt again occupied by sisters. May all the angels who accompanied travellers–Mary, Joseph & the Child, the Magi, Tobias, the apostles and missionaries and the Mother of God protect you with her veil.

  3. Good hiking to all. However,Arnstadt, your first stop on the way is the place where, in 1703, a young Johann Sebastian Bach got his first real job as organist of the Bonifacekirche. No doubt he played well, but he got in a fight with another gentleman of the town, and after his visit to Buxtehude in Lubeck, he was upbraided by the town council for the “strange harmonies coming from the organ loft,and the sound of a female voice in the organ loft as well.” So after a while he left, but while it was a rough start, it was enough to send him on his way. So may you also be sent wth the Holy Spirit with you each and every step.
    Kind regards
    John Bateson

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