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Green pilgrimage theologies

This page has not been updated since June 2014.


"The aim (of the Green Pilgrimage Network) is to help faiths green their holy cities according to their own theology and understanding. Given that pilgrimage is central to the experience of faith, this could have a dramatic impact on protecting the planet. The common denominator for each and every religion is a deep care for the planet and the natural world that sustains us. With that common denominator it makes sense that people reaching into their faith to embark on a spiritual journey do so with a sense of the spirituality of the land they are passing through." (From the introduction to the Green Pilgrimage Network Handbook).

Before drawing up their Green Pilgrimage strategies, faith leaders from each of the Green Pilgrimage Network founding sites first composed a 'Green Theology' statement. The aim was to reflect and represent the teachings and traditions underpinning their particular faith's commitment to caring for the planet as it would relate to a pilgrim:

Etchmiadzin - Armenian Apostolic Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

"To travel to a holy place in such a way as to treat the whole world as sacred is to be a true pilgrim.” (Martin Palmer, Secretary general, ARC)
Haifa - Baha'i Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Assisi - Catholic Franciscan Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

St Albans - Christian Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Monastery of St Pishoy - Coptic Orthodox Christian Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Jewish Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Nidaros - Lutheran Church of Norway Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Kano - Muslim Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Luss - Church of Scotland Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

Hindu Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement


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