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River of Life pilgrimage paddles its way down Connecticut River

Posted on: July 4, 2017 9:48 AM
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[By David Paulsen, ENS]   Episcopal pilgrims in the United States have reached Day 30 of their 410-mile journey down the Connecticut River and social media dispatches from the River of Life pilgrimage show clear skies, peaceful water and a group determined to embrace the call to prayer as they clutch their paddles.

“Another blessed day on the CT River Pilgrimage,” Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas tweeted as the group made its way into Massachusetts.

The pilgrimage was conceived and developed by New Hampshire Bishop Robert Hirschfeld and Revd Stephen Blackmer of Church of the Woods in Canterbury, New Hampshire. It launched at the end of May near the Canadian border as a collaboration of all Episcopal dioceses in New England, as well as the New England synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and several conservation groups.  The idea was a Christian pilgrimage on the river, from source to sea, that would incorporate references to its natural history, human history and cultural history.

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Community events are being held along the route, typically on weekends. A list of events and day paddles is available on the pilgrimage website. Pilgrims without a paddle or who live far from the Connecticut River still are encouraged to participate in the pilgrimage by following along as a “pilgrim in prayer” with the River of Life prayer book.