“A week to experience England? Right after Easter? In 2019? Are you kidding me? Perfect! I’m in!”
Those were about the words I spoke late last year when the travel agency called me.
I loved the idea…especially for clergy. It is perfect! Why? Because so many of our new clergy do not come from Anglican backgrounds.
Instead (and most impressively), they have read, reasoned, and studied their way to The Great Tradition. It is no secret that Anglicanism is ‘trending’ among some younger generations. New advocates and adherents to it may not even realize what they long and yearn for that is found in Anglicanism.
In England, that past, with all of its potential and problems, is on full display. I have always felt that so many of our young clergy would be so greatly benefited to walk in the footsteps of the Anglican luminaries, reformers, architects, builders, and leaders of the past.
Here is how the whole trip has been put together. Honest.
First, I received a call from the travel agency. We would leave the day after Easter of 2019! Monday, April 22nd.
For Clergy and Spouses only?? Yes…but soon enough, the agency would open it up to lay people!
(See below; the cost is more for lay people because the cost for clergy is heavily subsided by tourism vendors. They want clergy to return with members of your own churches!)
So, I prayed about it…and said, “YES!”. It was on.
Then, I called a guide I have known for years. She is a Blue Badge Certified guide and an expert in British Christianity, a devoted Christian, and an Anglican (a member of All Soul’s in London). I asked her if she might be available to guide this tour? She quickly agreed! This was lining up beautifully.
I called the agency back to see if I could make some changes in the itinerary…get online and check out the hotels, food, etc. And even make some adjustments to their suggested itinerary. They said, “Please, make whatever adjustments you want.” I have done this before and I offered some suggestions and changes.
Then, all the places that I love started to line up! A few days in London then Canterbury and Cambridge and Leeds and Durham, Fountains Abbey, and Oxford and on and on. And their answer, “Yes, yes, and yes!”
Then the price came back from the agency. I was shocked! Seriously. I called to double check to see if it was a typo. No! That was the price!
$1,495 from Chicago; $1,695 from Dallas. (A bit more for spouses.) And that includes nearly everything including airfare.
And then I called the tour company again and asked if lay people could come with us. And to my amazement, they said, “Yes” and quoted me a price that I could not believe. ($3,750)
April 22 – May 1, 2019. Want to come?
I am still amazed that we can do all of this for as little as this for all those glorious days after Easter in the Spring of 2019. April 22 – May 1, 2019.
So we are set to go and the trip is filling up. How about you? Want to come?
It would be my pleasure to lead you, lay or ordained, to explore this land of the history of British Christianity, the Reformation, the Anglican Heritage and the amazing (and complex) history of England.
Interested? Act fast…it IS filling up.
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PS: I just heard from the travel company again and they are going to start closing down the trip to new travelers by January 22.
They need to make firm reservations for airlines…so please, it is time make this happen!
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.