Pilgrimage at the heart of Gafcon
Plans are well in hand for the Global Anglican Future Pilgrimage and Conference at the end of June.
The Pilgrimage is to the roots of the Christian Faith. Pilgrims will visit the Mount of Olives where Jesus and his disciples often spent time, especially on the eve of his crucifixion, the steps of the Temple where Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, and Bethlehem, Nazareth and Capernaum, the places of Jesus’ birth, upbringing and early ministry.
The roots of the Christian faith are also in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament. So there will be daily study sessions focusing on expositions of bible texts by speakers from East Asia, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria and England. Worship will also be an important element. There will be early morning communion and night prayer each day. There will also be a major pilgrimage Holy Communion Service at the opening and closing of the Pilgrimage with the sermon by an Anglican Primate. Worship is being planned by a team from the United States and Uganda.
Some afternoons and most after-dinner periods are being left free for pilgrims to undertake other visits, for example to the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and for fellowship together to share their experience and partnership in mission.