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God’s Dwelling Place: A Desert Interfaith Pilgrimage – G190641CDS

Workshop ID: G190641CDS
Dates: June 23 - June 29
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

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We want to welcome you to this revised version of the pilgrimage course originally titled “Guests in God’s House.” The original leadership team was forced to withdraw for medical reasons, and we will certainly want to hold them in prayer during our time together. Meanwhile, Carol and I have been asked to step in and guide the group through a week that will still be focused on the themes and site visits they originally planned, but with our own modifications and perspectives.

People of all religious traditions, including Christians, find their way alongside one another in our one world-home. But what happens when we engage with one another and walk together into our deepest questions and most pressing challenges?

What can we learn from one another, and do together?

In this week we will explore what religions are, and how they shape us; the power that lies in our traditions for harm and for good; how our religions encourage the search for truth and action for justice; and the power of shared journey to deepen our faith and transform us. Structured study sessions, informal conversations, shared spiritual practice, and visits with area communities–including the Dar al-Islam Muslim community, and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo–will be combined with a day of pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayo, common living, and personal reflection.

Designed for religious leaders (professional and volunteer) and seekers, who want to explore how to build engaged and loving interfaith relationships, and to develop the practice of interfaith imagination.

 

Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Camping$775.00
Commuter$775.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Wayne Mell

Rev. Wayne Mell served 25 years as a Presbyterian minister until his retirement in 2014. He pastored churches on the Navajo reservation and the Mexican border in Arizona. From 2001 to 2014 Wayne served as



Carol Mell

Carol Mell is a fine art photographer and digital artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance from The Juilliard School in New York City, New York and currently lives and works in


 

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WELCOME LETTER

God’s Dwelling Place: A Desert Interfaith Pilgrimage

Instructors: Wayne and Carol Mell

Start Date: 6/23/19
End Date: 6/29/19
Check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Welcome Center on 6/23/19.

Opening Schedule:
4:45 Meet in front of Welcome Center for van ride up the Mesa
5:00 Gathering on the Mesa for Overview of G. R. Setting
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner in Dining Hall
7:00 Gather at Casa del Sol for opening ritual and introduction to Ohkay Owingeh Feast Day
8:30 Night Prayer

Dear Friends,
We want to welcome you to this revised version of the pilgrimage course originally titled “Guests in God’s House.” The original leadership team was forced to withdraw for medical reasons, and we will certainly want to hold them in prayer during our time together. Meanwhile, Carol and I have been asked to step in and guide the group through a week that will still be focused on the themes and site visits they originally planned, but with our own modifications and perspectives.

I myself, sometimes in partnership with Carol, have led a number of Ghost Ranch-based retreats and pilgrimages that included interfaith explorations and visits to the places we will experience in our week together. As you will note from our bios, Carol and I have lived and worked extensively among the various cultural groups and places in the Southwest, especially in northern New Mexico, and have a long and loving relationship with Ghost Ranch in general, and Casa del Sol in particular.

A detailed course schedule will be given when you arrive, but I’ve included the outline of the first evening above, to help you get oriented. Our first site visit, to the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Feast Day, begins first thing Monday morning, so we won’t have much time together before jumping in feet first. The rest of the week should flow more gently, with several more field trips interspersed with ample free time, group reflection, prayer, and fun (we hope!).

We also want to assure you that we welcome you with whatever religious background or faith commitments you bring, including “none.” The prayer liturgies of Casa del Sol, which we will use as a starting point, originate in a Christian practice steeped in Celtic spirituality. That spirituality is deeply creation-centered and open to non-Christian ways of seeing and being. We will also seek ways to share and incorporate the spiritual gifts and practices you may wish to offer.

What to bring: Water bottle (also available for purchase at the Ranch Trading Post). Sturdy shoes and sun protection. Flashlight. Journal or notebook. Pieces of your own creative writing to share (if desired). Musical instruments. Camera and art supplies, if desired. Above all, mind/heart/spirit open to new encounters with land, people, and the Source from which we come.


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