On 23 September 2017, midlands Church leaders will lead a walk of friendship from St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham to the Anglican Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad in Lichfield.
Covering eighteen miles of canal towpaths, cycle routes and country lanes, the pilgrimage will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It celebrates the fact that Catholics and Protestants are now, more than ever before, walking, praying and working together in respect, friendship and co-operation.
Those wishing to participate may choose to walk from Birmingham to Little Aston (eleven miles), from Little Aston to Lichfield (seven miles), or to undertake the entire walk (18 miles).
Registration is essential in order to take part. Full details of the pilgrimage and how to register can be found on the Staffordshire Churches website.
Taking part in some or all of the walk will be:
- The Most Revd Bernard Longley, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham
- Mgr Timothy Menezes, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Birmingham
- The Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Anglican Bishop of Lichfield
- The Right Revd David Urquhart, Anglican Bishop of Birmingham
- The Right Revd Anne Hollingshurst, Anglican Bishop of Aston
- Revd Rachel Parkinson, Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church
- Revd Ian Howarth, Chair of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church
- Revd Adrian Argile, Regional Minister Team Leader for the Heart of England Baptist Association
- Revd Steve Faber, Moderator of the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church
If you are interested in taking part, please visit the Staffordshire Churches website to find details of the route, timings and how to register.