Lindisfarne is accessed via a causeway at low tide, and is the end point of the 62 mile long pilgrim journey known as the St Cuthbert’s Way, which begins in Melrose, Scotland. Some participants may wish to incorporate that journey in their travel plans for getting to Lindisfarne. After the course ends, others may wish to extend their stay to include a visit to the monastery of the Venerable Bede in Jarrow, as well as Durham cathedral, where St Cuthbert is buried (both of which are within less than a two hour journey).
For more information on the island, see www.lindisfarne.org.uk. The nearest train station is at Berwick-upon-Tweed. By car, it is a short distance off the A1 highway, north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and just to the south of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Should you decide to rent a car and drive to the island, pay particular attention to the tide tables which indicate times when it is safe to drive over the causeway, and do not be tempted to try and cross outside those times as the road becomes submerged by an incoming tide very quickly.
1. To gain firsthand knowledge of the physical environments which gave birth to Celtic spirituality.
2. Become familiar with some of the key aspects of Celtic mission and devotion.
3. Understand the challenges and opportunities for creative missional engagement with a post-Christian culture.
4. Learn a praxis-reflection way of doing theology.
Olive Fleming Drane is the author of Clowns, Storytellers, Disciples and Spirituality to Go: Rituals and Reflections for Everyday Living. Her academic background includes study at the Graduate Theological Union in San Francisco, and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She is also a Fellow of St John’s College in the University of Durham.
John & Olive have been together since they were teenagers, and spent their honeymoon on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. They are parents to three adult children: a lawyer, an architect, and a physician. For recreation they enjoy skiing, roller-blading, travel, gardening, and homemaking. They have been teaching in the School of Theology at Fuller Seminary since 1994.