Welcome to all visitors - Tourists, Seekers and Pilgrims
A place where your mind can be idle, and forget its concerns, descend into silence, and worship in secret.— Thomas Merton
Small Pilgrim Places are:
- Spaces for pondering, breathing, meditating, praying and ‘being’
- Small places, not those already on the map, well-known, or that draw crowds;
- Simple, quiet and unpretentious, with the presence of the Divine;
- Places of worship, gardens, ruins, open spaces, holy wells, etc.;
- Welcoming and inclusive.
The Small Pilgrim Places Network:
- Brings together people who support the ethos of SPPs through prayer and practical support;
- Encourages members to promote the key elements of SPPs - quiet prayer and meditation, hospitality, silence, space and simplicity not only in SPPs but also in their own personal situations;
- Is mutually supportive, encouraging the exchange of experiences, inspiration and practicalities.
More about Small Pilgrim Places
They have a respected identity of their own, unique and singular - with their own history, character and atmosphere, communicating something of the ‘eternal now’, while also bringing the past into the present day and pointing towards the future.
Some might describe them as holy or sacred. Celts sometimes described them as ‘thin’ places, others as liminal – ‘in-between’ ‘thresholds’ on the edge of mystery.
They should have the potential to gently nudge tourists with glazed looks into becoming pilgrims with gently focused eyes.
Who are they for?
- All people of goodwill, from all faiths and none, as they pause on their journey;
- Seekers and searchers and those asking questions about God.
Today's Featured Place
Saturday 14th January 2017, 6:49 PM
Two members of the Network have sent items which we have put up on the Members' Area in the Inspiration section. Ali Green has sent another instalment of her Pilgrimage Journal, this time a wintry visit to Netherbury. Liz Mellor, who is an artist who has found inspiration in the coastal pilgrim paths and spiritual spaces of the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, writes about art as part of the sacred environment. (Jim Cotter often had artwork as part of the Llandecwyn experience). Liz currently has an exhibition with Diana Baur "To Frame or not to Frame" at the Visitors Centre next to St Oswald's Church in Oswestry, running til 26th February (Mondays to Saturdays, 10-4 pm). More information on borderlandvisualarts.com.