How to Pilgrimage in a time of Pandemic

Wednesday 24 June, 3pm (BST), Zoom meeting. To receive a Zoom invite register at here.

For centuries pilgrimages have awakened seekers from all walks of life. ‘Solvitur ambulando’ is a Latin phrase meaning it is solved by walking. Join us for a workshop to hear from some serial pilgrims about their discoveries, insights and encounters on ancient Christian paths. In these difficult days of lockdown panellists Richard Frazer, Beth Jusino and Ian Smith will share how they have adapted to these unusual circumstances and share ideas for how to awaken seekers locally through a passion for walking.

Richard Frazer has been minister at Greyfriars Kirk (Church of Scotland) since 2003. During that time, he has founded the Grassmarket Community Project that supports some of the city’s most vulnerable adults and has also established the Greyfriars Charteris Centre, a place for wellbeing, social enterprise and building community, which has strong links to Edinburgh University. At Greyfriars, there is a ministry team dedicated to creating an inclusive and affirming community for those of faith and others exploring their spirituality through worship, reflective space and other volunteering opportunities. Richard has a passion for pilgrimage walking and has recently published a book, Travels with a Stick, about his journey on the Camino de Santiago. 

Beth Jusino is an editor, writer, and unlikely pilgrim who lives in Seattle, Washington. In the past 5 years, she’s spent more than 100 days on various parts of the Way of St James, and is an active member and volunteer newsletter editor for the American Pilgrims on the Camino. Her award-winning memoir about her pilgrimage from Le Puy, France, to Finisterre, Spain, is Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago. You can find her stories, essays, and Camino photos at or on Instagram and Twitter @bethjusino. 

Ian Smith is a writer and serial pilgrim. His non-fiction books include “The Good Parish Management Guide” (Canterbury Press) and “Stepping out” (Redleg Publications) written with his wife, Alison Gelder. His latest novel is “Redemption Song” and poetry collection, “The Woodland Suite” (both Redleg Publications). Ian has been involved in walking and organising pilgrimages since 1983 and has (with his wife) walked a number of Camino routes as well as many Cross-carrying pilgrimages to Walsingham and Iona. Longer walks include a pilgrimage from Walsingham to Santiago in 2010 and London to Rome via Lourdes in 2017. He is currently planning a pilgrimage from London to Istanbul, mainly following the Rhine and Danube rivers. Ian lives with his wife in central London.