Pathways 2018

Pathways 2018 is an event open to all youth finishing grades 7-12. Now going on its third year, Pathways will take us to Sonoma County where we will explore matters of social and eco-justice as we journey to the ocean, visit historical sites of immigration in the Bay Area, and meet with people in these communities who are engaging in the work of reconciling us and creation to God.

Dates: June 24-30, 2018
Young adult leaders: Ages 18-30
Cost: $500 per participant 

Apply online as a youth participant here. (Email Rev. Sarah if you need a hard copy application)

Apply online as a young adult/adult leader here.

We hope that congregations will consider ways to help support this trip financially and in other ways; we will offer scholarships and other support with the goal of making this trip possible for everyone who wishes to participate. Please contact the Rev. Sarah Quinney ( if the cost is a barrier.

Our Pathways planning team is proud and excited to announce some of the details of this summer's Pathways pilgrimage. First of all, we are incredibly honored to welcome the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori to Pathways this summer! Bishop Katharine will join us for two days during Pathways, and she will worship and travel with us during part of our pilgrimage. We can't wait to join with her in conversation about faith and science, and to talk more about ways to equip ourselves to be "climate ministers" working for environmental justice and reconciliation with our earth.

"Northern California has developed a remarkable ministry in Pathways. I look forward to joining these young people in learning more about how loving 'this earth, our island home' manifests in loving our neighbors as ourselves. We are keepers of our brothers and sisters as well as the garden in which we're all planted, and I know we'll find joy in this pilgrimage of exploration in June!" Bishop Katharine said. 

Our home base during Pathways will be Sonoma State University, where we'll stay in dorm rooms and eat in their fantastic dining hall. We are looking forward to swimming, Frisbee, and basketball on their beautiful campus. On Tuesday and Thursday during Pathways, we will head off on our pilgrimage, to learn stories that Sonoma and Marin County have to offer about the relationships among humans, and between humans and the land:

We'll visit the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory to learn about climate change research from some of the country's leading scientists. Learn more here.

The Marine Mammal Center rehabilitates animals, and during our visit there we'll have the chance to learn about the relationships between humans and animals, and how we can help keep them and their environment healthy. Learn more here.

We'll pray and reflect at the Marin Headlands, and learn some of the history of native people who first lived in this land. Learn more here.

Angel Island, the site of an immigration station for many years, is a rich site of history about the struggles and triumphs of many immigrant families. Our visit there will invite us into conversations about immigration in our own families and communities. Learn more here.

This is a small window into what we have planned and are planning! We hope you will join us, and encourage the young people in your lives to join us. If you have questions, please get in touch with the Rev. Sarah Quinney or the Rev. Anne Clarke.


The video below features two Pathways participants reflecting on the threat of gun violence in schools. Additionally, you may click on the links below to view a story on Pathways 2017, reflections from Pathways attendees and more.

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