It’s time to walk the Indy Spiritual Trail
Walk the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail with guides Ian Mcintosh and Jim Duncan. The walk will bring together a range of people from various congregations, including UUI, and international students from IUPUI. With the Camino as our guide, we aim to use the experience to get to know one another, and explore nature in a spirit of reverence. Ian’s cell is 3177966523 for further information.
The Interchurch Center is the starting point for one of Indianapolis’s hidden treasures, the Indy Spiritual Trail. The Spiritual Trail is the brainchild of IUPUI Ian McIntosh, one of the world’s leading academic experts on pilgrimages. Ian believed that Indianapolis could have a trail that does for the soul what the Cultural Trail does for the city’s districts … but it would be created spontaneously, from the grassroots, and not cost a dollar.
As the Spiritual Trail goes along the canal to Butler University’s Holcomb Garden, pilgrims come upon spaces that encourage contemplation, prayer, and discussion … perhaps tying wishing ribbons to a frame.
The spots have emerged without plan, started by pilgrims who want to encourage others to think and talk. For instance, people are encouraged to leave a stone to symbolize wellness. Someone left a Hiroshima paper crane here to remind us of the ever-present potential of healing.
Many of the pilgrimages led by Prof. McIntosh have themes such as reconciliation, compassion, gratitude.