“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.