Wes Talks Digital Download – A Passion for Pilgrimage
What does a pilgrimage entail and how can it change someone’s life? The New Room team invited the co-leaders of the United Methodist Church’s Annual Wesley Pilgrimage to share some thoughts.
This talk explores aspects of pilgrimage and why the experience of being a pilgrim is still an important one. It touches on what pilgrimage is and is not, and the difference between being a pilgrim and a tourist. It explores why pilgrimage is still a passion for many people, and how pilgrimage can change us.
Our speakers for this talk are Revd Steven Manskar and Melanie Gordon (more details below), with input from Revd Richard Sharples.
Hosted by Mandy Briggs and Kate Rogers
Organised in conjunction with the Methodist Church’s Learning Network South West.
Recorded July 2021. Running time: 1 hr 10 m approx
Please note, you will be emailed a link to view the recording once payment has been processed – there may be a delay from purchase confirmation to receiving the link.
About the speakers:
Revd 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.
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 publications include What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for
Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations and Growing Everyday Disciples – Covenant Discipleship with Children. Melanie also wrote the family component for A Disciple’s Journal 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!