Our annual lecture for 2021, named after Constance Mary Storrs, whose MA thesis on Medieval Jacobean Pilgrimage from the British Isles arguably sparked a renaissance of pilgrim study in the late 20th century.  

Topic: "Pilgrimage after the Pandemic: what will the Camino look like post-Covid?"

Abstract: The Camino is changing, but for the good? In this talk, Sandy Brown will review some of the long term trends that have already shaped the Camino de Santiago as well as short term changes as a result of COVID-19. Then he will present his own predictions for what we can expect as a "new normal" when COVID restrictions are finally eased. The talk is based on his own pilgrim journeys of nearly 5000km in Europe and the US since January 2020 as well as conversations with pilgrim leaders, other authors, accommodation providers, and fellow pilgrims. 

Speaker: Sanford ‘Sandy’ Brown is an author, community activist, long-distance walker, and ordained minister from Seattle, Washington. In 2020, Sandy joined Cicerone Press as Associate Publisher for Caminos and Pilgrimages.

After reading ‘The Pilgrimage’, by Paolo Coelho in 1992, he planned his 2008 trek on the Camino de Santiago and since then has walked over 9000 kilometres on pilgrim trails in Europe. He records his pilgrim adventures in his popular blog, www.caminoist.org 

Sandy earned his undergraduate degree in medieval history at the University of Washington in Seattle, his MDiv at Garrett Theological Seminary, which honoured him in 2006 as Distinguished Alumnus, and his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in gender, sexuality and spirituality. He was executive director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and served as senior pastor of Seattle’s historic First United Methodist Church. When he's not walking he enjoys yoga, sailing and piano. He has two grown sons and his wife, Theresa Elliott, is a yoga master teacher.  

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