The Pilgrimage Reference Group
The following people took part in the one-off "Methodist
Pilgrimage Reference Group" consultation at Cliff College in
November 2015 which produced most of the thinking behind these
pilgrimage pages. They are willing to be contacted for
further information - contact details available from David Harmer
- Joy Adams: Non-stipendiary presbyter in Sheffield with role
developing spirituality and spiritual accompaniment. Chaplain
Spirituality Centre. Engaged in self-guided retreat in
- Jill Baker: Lay person based in Glasgow. Through
Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) involved in leading walking
pilgrimages to Lindisfarne and group pilgrimage to
Israel/Palestine. Co-facilitator of Reference Group.
- Gillian Kingston: Interim vice-chair/vice-chair-designate of
World Methodist Council; former lay leader of the Methodist Church
in Ireland. Chaplain at University College, Dublin & has
led groups of students on 5 occasions on different parts of the
Camino (fund-raising - see below). Also led pilgrimage to
Rome and interested in local pilgrimage (e.g. St. Finbarr's
Walk - see our Events page for news of a
forthcoming walk along this route)
- Gill Mackenzie: Lay person based in Burton-on-Trent.
Participated in MWiB walking pilgrimage to Lindisfarne and 2015
MWiB pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine.
- Tony Moodie: Discipleship Development coordinator for
DMLN. Theological interest in pilgrimage; commitment to "no
separation between sacred and secular"; aware of significance of
- Stephen Skuce: Director of Research, Scholarship and Innovation
for DMLN. Sees life as pilgrimage, "ceaseless wandering" (not
ticking boxes). Involved in mission trips in past and more
recently study tours to Israel/Palestine, Lindisfarne and
Rome. Co facilitator of Reference Group.
- Adam Stevenson: Presbyter in Oxford. Incoming chair of
Methodist Sacramental Fellowship; trustee of Ecumenical
Marian Pilgrimage Trust (which undertakes pilgrimage to
Walsingham every two years). Has spent time in Lindisfarne
and engaged in "Journey of Reconciliation" to Palestine/Israel
earlier this year.
- Simon Topping: Presbyter in Gloucester. Took part in
pilgrimage from London to Canterbury long ago; recently involved in
organising pilgrimage for young adults to Tolpuddle, as a way of
engaging with them in a context of
faith-building/discipleship. Awareness of Methodist roots in
social justice (also organised marches ("quasi-pilgrimages") for
Jubilee 2000 and Make Poverty History).
- Karen Turner: Lay person in York. Coordinates internship
scheme for young people in York/Hull. Participated in
3-generational pilgrimage along St. Cuthbert's Way with her own
- Others had fed thinking into the conversation: including Rev.
Dr. Jane Leach, presbyter & pilgrim; Mrs. Sarah Friswell, chair
of heritage committee, pilgrim and (at that time) Pilgrimage
officer in Anglican Cathedral.
Many others around the Connexion and further afield are also
engaged with pilgrimage or different related activities.
Districts may hold lists of those locally offering of those
offering spiritual direction or accompaniment (both Methodist and
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