Oklahoma Christian University alumnus and Pepperdine University’s Professor of Church History Jerry Rushford invited Oklahoma Christian faculty to join him on a literary and hymn pilgrimage this summer.
The tour will visit the homes of famous literary figures including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth and Walter Scott. In addition, attendees will have the chance to explore London, Bristol, Stratford, Edinburgh and Northampton.
Rushford is the guide for the 2017 tour, making this his 18th literary and hymn pilgrimage. There are 39 individuals from five different states attending the tour. Rushford believes the tour will not only rejuvenate Christians both educationally and spiritually, but also allow them to grow in their faith alongside new friends.
“The best part of our journey will be the joy of traveling with Christian friends and the experience of worshiping with new Christian friends in Britain,” Rushford said. “We have been invited to sing Christina hymns and have lunch with church members at Bedminster Church of Christ in Bristol, Wall End Church of Christ in Kirby and Shadow Fox Drive Church of Christ in Northampton.”
Rushford said he encourages Christians to take advantage of the opportunity to travel abroad. He believes some of the best education available is experienced through traveling.
Oklahoma Christian Vice President for Advancement Kent Allen is attending this year’s trip and said he anticipates spiritual and cultural growth. According to Allen, he is excited to gain greater appreciation of Christian hymns and learn about the lives of their authors.
“We are going to get the background information of the great hymns we have sang all our lives,” Allen said. “Many of us love the hymns, but we do not have any knowledge of why the author wrote the song or how the song affected the author.”