PBS: ‘Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler’

PBS: ‘Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler’

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The Power Of Pilgrimage: ALL TOGETHER Podcast Interview With Bruce Feiler
PBS
December 13, 2014

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Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. ALL TOGETHER is hosted by Paul Raushenbush, the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion.

Each year, millions of people leave their homes to embark on a spiritual pilgrimage. These journeys of faith are as old as religion itself — think of Jesus going out into the wilderness, or Buddha leaving his family to sit under the Bodhi tree. Pilgrimage plays an important role in the spiritual imagination and within the religious impulse itself.

But what does a religious pilgrimage actually mean for those who go on them today. And what are they seeking? Meaning, healing, community, enlightenment, salvation? And what about non-religious pilgrimages like Burning Man, how are they similar and how are they different?

Joining Raushenbush on ALL TOGETHER is the remarkable Bruce Feiler whose new series called Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler begins on Tuesday, December 16 on PBS. Feiler is author of six consecutive The New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible , Abraham and The Council of Dads.

In Sacred Journeys he takes six pilgrimages in one year, each with a different group of people who are seeking some kind of meaning and transformation in the their lives. On today’s show, Feiler offers his personal experience as well as what he learned about the profound act of pilgrimage.

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PBS: ‘Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler’

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For as long as humans have been humans, we have traveled the world in search of spiritual understanding. And to get closer to our gods.

Today, religion is more threatened than ever, yet sacred journeys are more popular than ever. 200 million people go on a pilgrimage each year. They set out from the ordinary, and seek the extraordinary.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler” takes viewers on some of the most celebrated, challenging and spectacular religious pilgrimages on earth. In this landmark six-part series, we travel with American pilgrims looking to transform their lives as they visit places deeply meaningful to their faith. And our cameras gain privileged access to places rarely seen by viewers before.

A pilgrimage at its core is a gesture of action. Pilgrims feel a deeper connection to their faith. They feel closer to God. In a world in which more and more things are digital and ephemeral, a sacred journey gives the pilgrim the chance to experience something real.

Pilgrimage today is more alive than ever before. But you can’t experience its wonders unless you go.

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