Reflections

I’m still processing the May 2009 Pilgrimage weekend in Racine, Wisconsin. This experience definitely pushed me out of my “comfort zone.” Thanks to wonderful clergy, lay leaders and fellow participants, I’m certain about unconditional love and, that as Christians, we are all so similar in God’s eyes. While it’s hard for most of us to find the time to attend Pilgrimage, it is a gift that will keep on giving. The DeKoven Center provides a truly spiritual experience. For me, the time in the chapel and being next to Lake Michigan helped me feel stronger in my walk.

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My Pilgrimage experience May 2009 was a unique step on my faith journey. In my own congregation, I tend to me more of a giver. Due to congregational changes, I have not received renewal for my own spirit. Pilgrimage provided the opportunity to fill my cup and renew the connection to the true giver through the activities and ministrations of other believers. The music ministry was both relaxing and rejuvenating. Individual testimonies on common, ordinary events helped me to see God in every day situations.

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I’ve been a practicing Christian for some time, but it was at a Cursillo Weekend where I first felt and understood God’s unconditional love for me. That loved has changed and continues to change every aspect of my life! I can think of no other weekend that allows people to experience God’s grace and love in such a tangible way through various means which engage all the senses.