Christian Spirituality

Summer 2017

Chemin du Puy: May 18 - June 14, 2017

Camino Frances: July 1 - July 28, 2017

Program Highlights

  • Walking the same path pilgrims have taken for hundreds of years
  • Meeting pilgrims from all over the world
  • Exploring some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe
  • Enjoying French and Spanish cuisine
  • This is an Upper Theology (TU) designated core course

Program Description

The first session, along the Chemin du Puy, will begin 1,000 miles away from the Santiago de Compostela in Le Puy, France. You will set out walking west for four weeks through the mountains of France's Massif Central and Aubrac Plateau and on through picturesque farm towns nestled into hilly farmland on your way to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The route is rarely flat with fewer pilgrims this far away from Santiago de Compostela. It is the most popular path for pilgrims from Europe headed to Compostela, so while it is encouraged that you speak some French, English-speakers will not find it a challenge to get what you need. Many other pilgrims will not speak English, which will make this program a bit more contemplative when compared with the social aspect of the Camino Frances.

The second session, along the Camino Frances, will begin in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, and finish in Ponferrada, Spain. You will have the option to continue the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela at your leisure. You will begin walking just as most other people from around the world do by hiking up and over the Pyrenees Mountains on the first day. Being the most popular route to Santiago de Compostela, this program will be characterized much more by interactions with fellow pilgrims among the rich history of places like Pamplona, the Cathedral of Burgos, and Leon. From la Rioja wine region to la Meseta high plains and Galicia's rolling hills, you will be walking the same path, visiting the same monasteries, and sleeping in the same buildings pilgrims have for centuries. 

Both programs will meet four times beforehand to explore readings on the ideas of pilgrimage, ecological conversion, and seeking God in the wilderness. 

Course Information

Course Name: Christian Spirituality

Course Number: THEO 330

Credit Number: 4

Designation: Upper Theology 

This course provides a study of the Christian tradition of spirituality as reflected by some classic and contemporary Christian writers, with particular focus on the influence of beliefs (about Trinity, Christ, grace, etc.) and elements of spiritual formation (such as prayer, reading, solitude, and social responsibility) on Christian living today. Prerequisite: THEO 111 or HONR 240A 

Program Cost

The estimated program fee is $2,900 plus the cost of 4 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $573 per credit, for a total of $2,292). 

This price includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare 
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodations and meals during the program
  • Amazon Kindle

The program fee does not include:

  • Personal spending money
  • Activities, housing or transportation not associated with or included in the program 
  • Camino Frances trip only: the cost of continuing on to Santiago de Compostela from Ponferrada (estimated at $500)

Housing

During our time on the Camino de Santiago, the group will be staying at pilgrim hostels. They go by several different names depending on the kind and country. With the exception of a few rest days, we will be staying in a new place each night because we will be walking on average 10-15 miles each day. Students will carry all of their belongings in their own backpack. Many hostels will offer wi-fi, but as for linens, students will need to bring either a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner. The group will eat meals on the way and sit down for a pilgrim dinner together each night. Most times, the hostel will offer a meal along with a bed. Students will have a bed in a room of bunk beds with other pilgrims and will wash clothes nightly to reduce pack weight.

Director

Chris Morgan is leading this program. He will graduate in May 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree from Saint John's School of Theology. He has traveled abroad with groups numerous times, including living for two semesters abroad in Guatemala and Kenya. Growing up in Colorado and living in places like western Alaska and Seattle, Washington, whet his appetite for outdoor adventure, which he looks forward to continue through offering programs which connect people's love of the wilderness with the long Christian tradition of seeking God there.