Pilgrimage is not only a community of diverse people, it is also a collection of diverse activities. We are building a deeper connection to ourselves, becoming more present to each other, and acting collectively on behalf of the world we all live in.
Here is a summary of some of the things we are doing. We are adding activities all the time. Let us know what you are looking for and we will see if we can help you find it.
There are three events that happen every week.
Sunday Morning Gathering [in person and on Zoom]
Because this event is on Sunday morning, and the in person experience is in a church, and the content includes reflection on social concerns from a spiritual perspective, this may feel a bit like a church service. But it is different from a typical church for several reasons.
- In most churches you are encouraged to only speak or sing the printed words. At Pilgrimage you are encouraged to speak your mind.
- Most churches tell you to believe in a specific God. At Pilgrimage you are encouraged to discover how God appears [or does not appear] to you.
- Most churches tell you who you should or should not be. At Pilgrimage you are encouraged to find the most genuine expression of your unique way of being.
- Most churches tell you that God is responsible for what happens in the world. At Pilgrimage you are encouraged to be accountable for yourself, construct mutually accountable relationships with others, and work together with others to be responsible stewards of the planet.
The in person experience will be in the library of Pilgrim Congregational Church at 826 Union Blvd., 63108. The door from the parking lot on the alley will be open at 8:00. Come up the stairs and all the way through the lobby and the parlor to the library.
The Zoom experience will start by 8:30. You will be able to chat with other online participants until the gathering starts.
The gathering will last approximately one hour. We need to release the room by 10:00.
To get information about the weekly meetings, sign up here.
Meditation as Prayer
This is a chance to spend a few minutes, mid-week, in quiet reflection, with others, at times around an inspirational text or scripture and at other times about whatever we bring to the time together. When we have used texts, they have come from the Revised Common Lectionary, considered verses from the Tao Te Ching and the Analects of Confucious, and the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas.
We meet by Zoom on Thursday afternoons at 5:00 Central time. We start the guided meditation at about 5:15 and then share with each other what is coming up for us that we want others to know. We will end by 6:00.
To join, go to the St. Louis Meetup and sign up and enter your email in the Google Form on the signup page. You will get an email each week with a reminder and the Zoom link.
If you have any trouble, contact Mark at Mark@JustConflict.org
Living with Intention
We meet by Zoom every Sunday evening from 6:30 to no later than 8:30. This conversation that has been going on for four years now. It is currently closed to new members, but if you are interested, show up for Sunday morning and get to know the community and we will let you know when the evening group opens up.
The conversation is about our own transformation into the fullest people we can be, with the healthiest relationships to ourselves and others, in the context of a community that is dedicated to the growth of everyone.
We chat from 6:30 to 7:00 and then we meditate for about five minutes to create a transition to a deeper conversation. We meet using a conversation style called circle in which only the person with the virtual talking piece speaks. The focus of the conversation arises from the experiences that members bring each week.
At about 8:15 we start to close with the last comments and then we meditate again to close the session.
To get on the list for the guidepost, sign up on this Google Form.