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2013 Piper Pilgrimage

Members of the 2013 Piper Pilgrimage spent a week of J-Term traveling to northern New Mexico to explore diverse religious and spiritual communities. The interfaith team consisted of 8 first-year students: Elena Anderson, Ella Darger, Hayley Goddard, Christopher Hoglund, Michaela Koopmans, Megan Lambrecht, Eric Lewy, and Sofia White, as well as 4 staff members: Maryse Abrahams, Rabbi Esther Adler, Mike Gerold, and Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud. 

The team stayed at Casa del Sol, the retreat center of Ghost Ranch Conference Center, outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico, known for the desert landscapes of artist Georgia O'Keefe. Visits included Dar al Islam, Taos Pueblo, Earthships, Upaya Zen Center, Beit Tikva and Beit Shalom, Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, and the United Church of Santa Fe. Spiritual practices explored include walking an outdoor labyrinth, hiking, journaling, storytelling, receiving and extending hospitality, yoga, and a visit to an indigenous natural healing site. this third annual pilgrimage was sponsored through the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice with generous support from the Mahle Endowment in Progressive Christian Thought.