2016 OLD

Rev. Dr. Matthew Anderson

Associate Professor, Theological Studies

Concordia University, Montréal

and ELCIC pastor


September 23–25, 2016

Kuriakos, Sylvan Lake, AB


A Western Canadian User's Guide


  1. Something Grand (film)
  2. Walking Pilgrimage: Five Elements
  3. Luther, 2017, and How Christian Pilgrimage Has Changed
  4. Indigenizing Pilgrimages


In a world in which so many pilgrims call themselves non-religious, and so many

voyages are called ‘pilgrimages’, we attempted to define Christian pilgrimage and

discover what makes a journey spiritual.

Through biblical and historical material and Matt’s own documentary films and experiences, we examined factors that make up spiritual mobility and how Luther changed the nature of pilgrimage.

Matt’s NW Mounted Police Patrol Trail walk through southern Saskatchewan last summer guided discussion of contemporary practices of journey, and especially ‘settler’ pilgrimage in Western Canada, as a meaningful, restorative and sacred voyage.

Photo highlights from this retreat