Interviews With Friends Who Have Walked the Camino
Dr. Margaret Benefiel
Margaret Benefiel is the Executive Director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the author of The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Success and Fulfillment and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations. Prior to leading the Shalem Institute, Margaret was a professor at Andover-Newton Theological School, where she and I met when I was serving a church near Boston.
Ryan works in the film industry in Los Angeles. He completed his PhD in Religion and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, with a focus on film and religion, particularly the history of religious cinema and contemporary independent religious films. He is the author of Cinema as Pulpit: Sherwood Pictures and the Church Film Movement, the co-editor of and contributor to Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred, and a contributor to Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology through Film and The Undead and Theology.
Bibliography and Resources
Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Rupp
A Guidebook to the Camino Portugues by John Brierley
Portuguese Camino de Santiago—Complete Guide on Stingy Nomads website
The Nature of Faith on Living Lutheran about Holy Hikes
Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Inspiration & Prayers for Summer Travel at Building Faith
The Camino Podcast (iTunes, Soundcloud), see especially Episode 5 on “Who was St. James?” and Episode 13 on The Song of Roland and El Cid and the complicated depictions of St. James and interplay between the Christians and Moors.
Hiking and journeys
“Making the Spiritual Path by Walking It” (Bearings magazine, October 2018)
Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice by Belden Lane, “Chapter 1: The Allure of the Wild: Backpacking as Spiritual Practice”