But this week, I've set out on a journey along the length of the Athabasca River with a bunch of nuns. Okay, that's not quite true. Amongst us are three 'Sisters of Earth', part of a network of women working to heal the ecological and spiritual crises of our times. Two amongst them belong to formal communities of sisters and are what I would have until now referred to as 'nuns'. The third is a long time social justice activist. The final team on our journey are Theo - a man of great courage to engage in this two week voyage with a gaggle of gals, and his partner Terry, a writer and Buddhist.
A road trip with nuns is nothing like I might have expected it to be. Picture less convent, more 'Sister Act'. I find myself in the presence of some of the most progressive thinkers I've ever met. We dress in jeans and sweatshirts and spend our days sharing both our love and deep concerns for the world. We talk about politics, dreams, ideals and ideologies. We sip wine at night, speak candidly of beauty and of darkness, periodically say, 'Oh my God!' and giggle into the evenings. As for what we giggle about, well, that's nun of your business ;)
For a less irreverent take on the trip, visit our blog at: riverpilgrims.net