We just got word that our radio interview with Rick Steves about our pilgrimage will air this Saturday, April 23. You can find out what station to listen to it on at this page. And if by some chance you miss it, you can listen to it archived on the web starting April 24th. We […]
Toward the end of our preparations, we were lucky to have some help in identifying Luther’s route to Rome–one that changed our original prospective route along the Santiago de Compostela for the first few days to go through Ilmenau and Eisfeld instead. Though we’re not trying to retrace his steps exactly (that would involve too […]
These are from the past few weeks–it’s just taken us awhile to get them up! First, from Augsburg College, in anticipation of our delivering their Founders’ Day lectures in November. Another from the ELCA News Service called “Lutherans Begin Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Retrace Luther’s Steps.” Here’s a short blurb in the Thüringer Allgemeine about us, […]
While only only two of us are making this whole pilgrimage on foot, the truth of a pilgrimage is always found in the prayerful spirit and intention, not primarily in the physical movement. So that’s why we’d like to invite you to join us in this pilgrimage, truly in spirit if not actually on foot. […]
Our pilgrimage will draw to a close at the end of October after a few days in Rome, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Afterwards we’ll head for a week in Wittenberg, Germany, where the Institute for Ecumenical Research is hosting its annual two-week Studying Luther in Wittenberg program. We’ll be talking about our trip […]
Along with blisters, bug bites, and hard beds, there’s something else you’re sure to encounter in mass quantity on a pilgrimage: prayer. Along the way we’ll be praying a short matins and vespers daily, based on the classic Western orders of prayer. We have more or less the same versions in English, German, and French, […]
We can’t know with any great certainty where Luther stepped for each of the 1500 km he walked during the six weeks of his southward journey. And even if we did, the chances that we could still walk in his steps would be pretty slim. He would have kept to major roads—really only muddy cart paths at the time. The problem is that many of these have become today’s roads and highways: hardly routes conducive to a pleasant walk.
We can know with a bit more certainty, however, where he laid his head at night.
It’s hard to imagine them beneath eight-lane autobahns, above 10 mile tunnels, plying their way through industrial and commercial centers. But there they are, the pilgrims’ paths of yore. So often they are buried by asphalt, obscured by housing developments, or even lost in plain sight amongst the sensory jungle that constantly assaults our eyes and ears and noses. Thousands, even millions, retrace their steps daily. They are going to work, to school, to a meeting, hauling merchandise and equipment. They go in cars and trucks and trains and busses. Some hearty few go on bicycles, under their own power. Some still go on foot. We consider it a privilege to be among their number.