UPDATED APRIL 23: The day before our Spring Conference, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves will lead a historic pilgrimage on Friday, May 1, through a scenic but little-known part of California. NOTE: Good news! The pilgrimage is once again available and all who were on the waiting list can join the day’s events.

The adventure, titled Mission, Ministry, and the Layering of Cultures, begins at 9:30 am at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jolon. We’ll begin with coffee in the Parish Hall and a welcome, opening prayers, and a walk through their cemetery on the hill. From St. Luke’s we’ll be walking and driving in the footsteps of James Shannon McGowan, who founded seven Episcopal missions in the wilds of Central California 100 years ago. This beautiful country still appears as it did during McGowan’s time: wildflowers, forests, and spectacular rock formations. This was where the Salinan community of Native Americans made their home and some still live today.

We’ll drive through Ft. Hunter Liggett, where our military trains for duty across the world. At various stops along the way, we’ll hear from Presiding Bishop Katharine and from Bishop Mary about the nature of mission and ministry in a multi-cultural context. Lunch will be provided at the Santa Lucia Campground.

After lunch the group will either begin their journey home or continue on their own with exploring the trail to Cone Peak, the highest peak in the Ventana Wilderness, or visiting nearby attractions such as the San Antonio Mission or the Hearst Hacienda Lodge.

Pilgrims are strongly encouraged to bring water bottles, insect repellant, hats, and outdoor chairs.

Questions? Contact Celeste Ventura at cavcv@sbcglobal.net or The Rev. Eliza Linley at ammaeliza@igc.org. (Photos by The Rev. Eliza Linley)