Wilderness Pilgrimage

Shoalwater Bay and surrounds - click to enlarge

Shoalwater Wilderness Pilgrimage

Margaret tells me that a Pilgrimage ought include:

Liturgy – communion, in the churches, and in natural places + begin each day in prayer

Shrines – the Waihopai Ploughshares made a shrine in Katherine Mansfield Park, over the road from the US Embassy

Veneration of Saints – I’d suggest four (not strictly all saints yet)

Bonhoeffer, Jaegerstatter, McKillop, Day

Public Witnesses – At the Waihopai Trial they did a terrific “Stations of the Cross” around Wellington

Peter Murnane at the Waihopai shrine, US embassy background

Time in the Wilderness – maybe some time (2 or 3 days) for all participants in a legal wilderness, as reflection/preparation for peace-making.  There are many National Parks and State forests adjacent to Shoalwater/Rockhampton.  Contemplation of God’s wilderness, honing bush skills, hearing stories about that wilderness.  Mt Etna was the site of a significant environmental NVDA in the 80s.

Interventionary Trespass – teams of 3, 4, and 5 have been successful to date.

I’d like to involve as many people and churches as possible in preparing events over a month or six weeks (allow for one week tidying up after the exercise concludes) with interventionary trespass in weeks 2/3 being one key event to which everyone’s attention is directed.

Possible sites around ShoalwaterPossible sites around Rockhampton - click to enlarge