A Pilgrimage of Paradoxes

Chair: Sally Welch


Mark Clavier’s book – subtitled A Backpacker’s Encounters with God and Nature - explores some of the paradoxes at the heart of Christian faith: eternity and time, silence and words, and wonder and the commonplace.


By weaving together nature-writing, memoir, social commentary, and theological reflection A Pilgrimage of Paradoxes uses a memorable mountain journey in the ancient landscape of Wales to reflect on what these paradoxes can teach us about God, ourselves, and our world. He will be in conversation with the Revd Dr Sally Welch, a writer on the spirituality and practice of pilgrimage.


Students and under-18s are eligible for half price tickets. Select the student option when booking.


3.00pm Saturday 25 February 2023


Mark Clavier

Mark Clavier is Canon Theologian in Swansea and Brecon Diocese and Vicar of St Mary’s, Brecon. He has served in parishes in both America, England, and Wales, and has also spent five years as a lecturer in theology at Cardiff and Oxford.

He is the author of a number of books on the theology of delight, the challenge of consumerism, and Augustine. His most recent book A Pilgrimage of Paradoxes is an award-winning theological reflection on place and belonging based on an overnight walk on Cadair Idris.

Sally Welch

Sally Welch is the author of several books, including Walking the Labyrinth and Journey to Contentment. She is an experienced pilgrim of many years, and is interested in the relationship between pilgrimage spirituality and everyday life.

She is currently developing a network of shorter pilgrim routes in the Cotswolds. She lectures and leads workshops on pilgrimage and labyrinth and is the Editor of New Daylight Bible reading notes.


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