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A Pilgrim’s Tale
April 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The word “pilgrim” is often associated with those who landed at Plymouth rock or those who pay their respects at shrines such as Elvis Presley’s Graceland. However, that is not how the word will be used in this course. There will be three sections to the course.
1) Following Vatican II, Biallas suggest that “pilgrims are those who wander and expect to be surprised, free to encounter and understand the sacred in new ways.”
Pilgrims are those who find the presence of the sacred (God) everywhere in the world whenever they experience wonder, laughter, transformation, hospitality (that is, openness to others), and gratitude.
The presence of the sacred is known as “panentheism” not “pantheism.” That is
“the sacred (God) is in everything, not God is everything.” God is more than everything and yet everything is in God. The sacred is right here as well as the beyond that encompasses everything. Places, events, relationships and especially mountains, forests, and water, “represent” the divine reality.
For Francis of Assisi, “every person down to the most repulsive leper, every element in creation, to the smallest insect, is the image of God’s goodness, presence, and love.” For Kabir, a Hindu mystic, “the sacred is in the next seat, wiggling his toes in our shoes.” In the Muslin Qur’an, “Allah is closer to you than your jugular vein.” Matsuo Basho, a Buddhism pilgrim, proclaims in a Haiku: “How I long to see among dawn flowers, the face of God.”
2)Agreeing with Martin Luther who believed that the only legitimate pilgrimage is the inner journey that comes from reading the scriptures, Biallas will look at a few sacred stories (myths) from the Bible.
3) Finally, the class will view a youtube presentation on “the spirituality of travel.”
Lecturer: Dr. Len Biallas, Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Quincy University.
POLIS is an opportunity for lifelong learning for seniors, 55+ years. There are two semesters each year requiring a membership fee of $15 per semester. Choose from 15 or more classes each semester. Classes are $4 each. Classes are casual in lecture format with no tests, plus cookies and coffee at break. Cancellations do occur due to inclement weather. Call the office at 217-228-5594 to hear cancellation messages. Attend a one time only class for free to see if POLIS is for you. Walk in. Sit down and enjoy.
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