I am the Rev. Julie Harris. I retired from the Episcopal Church in 2020 and found a new home with Clarke Parish. Sacred music has always kindled in me a special connection to Christ even though I have never actually sung except for myself and to make a joyful noise to God. When I joined Grace Episcopal Church Wendy Oesterling and Kim Davis encouraged me to join the choir. This summer, I have been blessed to sing with the Piedmont Singers and to have been invited to join this Pilgrimage and choral residency. Pilgrimage has always been a way to mark life transitions. I have journeyed to the Holy Land, Iona/Scotland, London, Scandinavian/the Baltic, South Africa, and the Far East. Each of these trips has encouraged self reflection and deepened my relationship with God. I am looking forward to our time at Lindesfarne or The Holy Island. Celtic spirituality and the Order of St. Benedict have guided me for the past thirty years.