A talk exploring why the experience of being a pilgrim
Wes Talks is a new series of talks for 2021 which aim to explore life and faith. The talks are organised by the New Room in partnership with the Methodist Church’s Learning Network South West.
What does a pilgrimage entail and how can it change someone’s life? For July’s Wes Talk, we’ve invited Revd Steve Manskar and Melanie Gordon, Co-Leaders of the United Methodist Church’s Annual Wesley Pilgrimage, to share with us.
Steve and Melanie will explore aspects of pilgrimage and why the experience of being a pilgrim is still an important one. Steve will speak on what pilgrimage is and is not, and the difference between being a pilgrim and a tourist. Melanie will reflect on why pilgrimage is still a passion for many people, and how pilgrimage can change us.
They will both share their experiences about pilgrimage and how it connects to faith.
About our speakers:
Rev. Steven W. Manskar, D.Min. is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. He recently retired after serving as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He previously worked for 19 years as Director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries, a General Agency of The United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He directs the annual Wesley Pilgrimage in England.
Steve is the author of Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, Making Disciples, A Perfect Love: Understanding John Wesley’s ‘A Plain Account of Christian Perfection’, and A Disciple’s Journal: A Guide to Daily Bible Reading, Prayer, and Discipleship (RCL years A, B, & C).
Steve lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife, Gina. Their son, Noah, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Steve enjoys cycling, golf, reading, and music.
Melanie C. Gordon is a co-leader of the United Methodist Church’s Annual Wesley Pilgrimage and the founder of Do-LOVE-Walk, which supports congregations in shaping and cultivating gifts and talents of congregants to equip them to interpret and respond to the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.
Melanie serves on the Diversity Guidelines Committee for the National Association of Episcopal
Schools, and she previously served for ten years as Director of Ministry with Children in the Leadership Ministries Division of Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
Melanie’s most recent publications include What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for
Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations, Children’s Ministry Guidelines for both
the 2013-16 and 2017-20 Quadrennium, Growing Everyday Disciples – Covenant Discipleship with
Children (lead author and editor), and Guidelines for Weekday Preschool Ministry Programs in
United Methodist Churches (co-author and editor). Melanie also wrote the family component for
A Disciple’s Journal – Years A, B, and C by Steven Manskar.
Melanie can usually be found spending time with family and friends, traveling, writing, cooking, or rocking out to the music of Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, or Bach… and a little Charles Wesley!
Everyone joining us for this Wes Talk will receive Zoom details on the day of the event. You will also be able to ask questions during the event if you wish via a Q&A session at the end.