Connecticut River Pilgrimage
May 31 - July 9, 2017

May 31, 2017

Prepared by the
Trust  for Public Land
The 2017 "River of Life" Pilgrimage - 40 days down the Connecticut River from source to Sound - starts today, May 31. 

"Core Pilgrims" including those from ECCT will paddle on multiple-day segments with overnight stays; others will join for day paddles. You can also join on your own body of water. 

All are invited to join as "Pilgrims in Prayer"  and share in the daily readings, prayers, hymns, and reflections using the River of Life prayer  book ( download here ). 

"This journey, like any true pilgrimage, is intended to be a doorway to interior transformation and lasting change. The daily prayer and spiritual exercises of the pilgrimage, as well as the shore-based gatherings, will be held in the context of the Christian tradition." 

For more on this pilgrimage, link here. For background information (and more) link to this article by David Paulsen of Episcopal News Service published May 30.

The Pilgrimage is divided into 10 paddling segments; it is also divided into five weeks:

Week 1: May 31 - June 10: 4th Connecticut Lake to Littleton, NH 
Week 2: June 10 - June 17: Littleton, NH to Hanover, NH
Week 3: June 17 - June 25: Hanover, NH to Brattleboro, VT
Week 4: June 25 - July 2: Brattleboro, VT to Springfield, MA
Week 5: July 2 - July 9: Springfield, MA to Long Island Sound

The pilgrimage is being coordinated by Kairos Earth. Look for their posts on Facebook and Twitter (#kairosearth). Post your photos and updates with hashtag #CTRiverPilgrimage
Map illustration by Rose King  c.2017 ECCT

The Pilgrimage will travel 
through Connecticut July 3-9

CORE PILGRIMS (pre-registered) - Join them for day paddles and at public events

July 3, Mon., Springfield to Enfield (with day paddle option)
July 4, Tue., Enfield to Hartford (day paddle option & public event in Hartford)
July 5, Wed., Hartford to Middletown  (day paddle option)
July 6, Thu., Middletown to Hurd State Forest 
July 7, Fri., Hurd State Forest to East Haddam (public event in East Haddam)
July 8, Sat., East Haddam to Essex (day paddle option and public events in Deep River & Essex)
July 9, Sun., Essex to Ol d Saybrook/Long Island Sound

DAY PADDLE OPTIONS  (must bring own canoe/kayak, paddles, PFD, food/water)

July 3, Mon., Springfield to Enfield (9 miles) (details & registration here)
July 4, Tue., Enfield to Hartford (16 miles) ( details & registration here)
July 5, Wed., Hartford to Middletown (16.5 miles)  ( details & registration here)
July 8, Sat., East Haddam to Essex (9.5 miles)  ( details & registration here)


July 4, Tue., Church of the Good Shepherd, 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford. Starts  at  3:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with recognition and repentance of participation in a culture of gun violence, followed by multicultural fiesta and tours of historic Good Shepherd church. Details and registration

July 7, Fri., St. Stephen's Church, 31 Main Street, East Haddam
Starts at 5:30 p.m. Picnic supper followed by panel discussion, "Navigating our Faith in Politically Turbulent Waters."     Details and registration

July 8, Sat., Deep River location and time TBD. (drop-in), recognition and repentance of historic complicity in ivory trade. More info

July 8. Sat., Dauntless Club, 66 Main Street, Essex, 4 p.m., Concluding CT River celebration with hors d'oeuvres, live music, special liturgy. Details and registration


The River of Life pilgrimage is sponsored by the Episcopal Dioceses of New Hampshire, Vermont, Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine, in partnership with Province I of the Episcopal Church, the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Kairos Earth. Other partners include the White Mountain School, Metanoia of Vermont, Connecticut River Watershed Council, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge. 

Promotional material including event-specific flyers, bulletin inserts, and images for social media and enewsletters are being developed and will be posted here and linked in an upcoming weekly eNews. 

The office of mission communication & media would like to share the names of ECCT pilgrims who will be paddling on the water as part of this pilgrimage (in various ways), and those paddling through CT. If you are, or know of others - or even if you just want to find a paddling partner for a day in CT -  email Karin Hamilton. Info on  this page will be updated. 


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