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July 6, 2021 Brainstorming: “Quest – Travel as a Spiritual Act”

Whether you travel far away or see your local surroundings as if for the first time, pilgrimage has long been a spiritual practice, and “journey” a deeply-felt metaphor for our spiritual lives. “Quest” comes from the Latin root meaning “ask, seek.” This four-week worship series (which we are expanding to six weeks) will encourage us to open ourselves more fully to the curiosity and wonder, reflection and transformation that travelers–not merely tourists–experience when they choose to immerse themselves in soul-widening adventures.

Join the Worship team for a cookout/potluck dinner at 6:00 pm at David and Karen Booth’s house. Brainstorming begins at 7:00 pm. RSVPs are greatly appreciated. Sign up at church or contact the church office at 231-798-2181 or Office@LakeHarbor UMC.org or contact Karen directly. We’ll gather in the basement for the brainstorming to take advantage of the larger space and big screen. Bring a sweater as it can be a bit cool. Safety protocols will be the same as at church (masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated).

Please take some time to read the brainstorming packet, below, and preview the videos before we gather if at all possible. Links to the videos are in the packet. Additional sources of inspiration are found below.

Quest Brainstorming Packet

Introductory video by Marcia McFee

Rick Steves’ webinar, “Travel as a Spiritual Act” This video is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes long and well worth watching, even if you don’t have time to look at anything else. Here are some of the topics covered in the video: breaking bread, celebrating family, growing closer to God, encountering religious practices, encountering suffering, the challenge of travel, the road as church, and traveling with purpose.

Lynne’s Pinterest board

“The Local Church Needs a Global Perspective”

“Path to a Miracle” by Hannah Anderson

“Quest Travel Series” Pinterest page by Marcia McFee

Here is what we came up with: Quest Brainstorming Summary