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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston

Journeys in Deep Time - The Call to Pilgrimage

with Michael Connolly


Schedule: This course will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM for five weeks during Session 2 (10/26/21 - 11/23/21).  This course will be in Person at the First Parish UU Church of Arlington (630 Mass Ave. Arlington).

Course Description:

A pilgrimage is a (hopefully) transformative journey to a place of spiritual, moral, or esthetic significance. It may last weeks (the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain) or a single day (climbing Mt. Fuji, Japan). The journey is as important as the destination and the pace is deliberate: one settles into slow travel; clock time is left behind; conversations become...fuller.

As we view and discuss 3 films about spiritual and secular pilgrimages (The Way, MindWalk, and The Trip to Bountiful) and read the Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, we will reflect on past travels and explore sites of interest around the world.

Homework will include viewing 3 films (2 hours each); reading a few short excerpts from literature; and researching a destination of interest online for an hour or two, total. Including film viewing time, homework will be 2 1/2 hours a week or less.

Enrollment Limit:  Unlimitted

Please Note: Although in-person instruction is planned, based on pandemic status instruction might change to Zoom. Students will be notified as soon as possible.

Course Leader:

Michael Connolly: I lean towards the offbeat. I've studied in France; worked in Munich; lived in a squatters' commune in Geneva; hitch-hiked in West Africa; driven around Central America and Central Africa; bicycled through the Cotswolds and the Loire; traversed the Czech Republic with a busload of elderly Australians....

I am interested in creativity and the history of cultures and ideas. I love stories that capture moments of insight. I hold a BA in Romance Languages and an MBA in "Planned Change." At Boston College, I lead meditations for staff, as well as programs on mindfulness and leadership and cross-cultural communication.



  • Oct 26 - Nov 23rd, 2021
    Tue for 5 weeks from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Arl Church

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Arlington, MA 99999 Get directions

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