October 12-14 at the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church
Pilgrimage: Outer Expressions of the Spiritual Journey
Important Notice – Reservation Deadlines:
Boarders: September 26th
Day attendees/other accommodations: October 7th
Reservation forms and payments must be received by these deadlines.
You are invited to attend the 98th Pacific Coast Association Annual Meeting, “Pilgrimage: Outer Expressions of the Spiritual Journey”. This year’s program includes PCA’s annual business meeting, spiritual workshops & sessions, inspiring music, and a beautiful nature pilgrimage walk. The featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Kathryn Barush, Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion at Graduate Theological Union & Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University.
Please download this form to register (PDF): 2018 PCA Annual MTG Registration
See registration form for payment details. Cost information can be found here (PDF): 2018 PCA Cost and Reimbursement information
Forms should be e-mailed or snail-mailed to John Gwynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or
3838 Turquoise Way, Unit 507
Oakland, CA 94609-2872
- Early Afternoon – Hotel check-in for boarders
- 4-5pm Registration at SF Swedenborgian Church
- 5-6pm Social Hour
- 6-7:30pm Dinner
- 7:30-9pm Keynote speaker, Dr. Kathryn Barush – “Pilgrimage and Song to a New Jerusalem”
- “In the deepening dark, as the year’s end approaches, the British Pilgrimage Trust and friends are making a pilgrimage from central London to coastal Sussex, to honour the 100 year anniversary of the song ‘Jerusalem’ – “And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times…”. This song is the fruit of two people – William Blake, visionary poet and artist, and Hubert Parry, composer and director of the Royal College of Music.”
- Together we will pilgrimage and ‘re-wild’ Blake and Parry’s famous hymn, singing it across the wilds of England, on Parry’s piano and in Blake’s cottage at Felpham court, in pubs, fields, and fallow. I will contextualize their efforts through a look at the history of art and pilgrimage in Britain, the search for the ‘New Jerusalem’ right in one’s own backyard, and how song and chant can cross temporal and spatial boundaries – a sacred journey from the past and into the present, and back again.
- 8-8:45am breakfast
- 9am-1pm – 98th Annual PCA Business Meeting
- 1-2pm lunch
- 2pm Rachel Rivers – “Journeying Outward, Journeying Inward: Scientific Discovery & Spiritual Illumination”
- The things we perceive in the outer, physical world can give us a construct to perceive unseen aspects of inner, spiritual realities. In this short workshop we will look at one or two recent scientific discoveries in physics and cosmology and explore together what inner, spiritual realities they may begin to illuminate for us.
- 3pm David Brown – Integrative Experiential Spiritual Practice, or ESP
- Through some light stretching, body movements, and guided attention, this time together will help to anchor our awareness more fully within our body and the present moment. This practice can help to strengthen our connection to spirit where there will be an opportunity to experience a few minutes of group meditation. At the very end of this course, we will either dive more deeply into solfeggio frequencies to deepen the meditation, or we will spontaneously dance to special electronic dance music depending on the collective energies of this group. No formal meditation experience required.
- 4pm Andrea LoPinto – Presidio Pilgrimage Walk
- The San Francisco Presidio is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but it started out as home to the native Ohlone tribe. Spanish, Mexican, and American troops were stationed there at different times. During our hike, Andrea will try to share some history and stories of the people who lived there through the lens of pilgrimage. There will be uneven terrain and hills. We will take a rest and visit the Presidio Visitor’s Center before we turn back toward the church. Good walking shoes are recommended. The walk will last 1-2 hours depending on our pace.
- 5:30-6pm Social Hour
- 6-7pm Dinner
- 7:30-9pm Evening Program
- 8-9am Breakfast
- 9am Rebecca Esterson – Center For Swedenborgian Studies/GTU Assistant Professor in Sacred Texts and Traditions
- 11am Worship
- 12-1pm Farewell Lunch
Download a message from PCA’s president Rev. Jonathan Mitchell here (PDF): Message from the President