Rachel Held Evans, a speaker at Pilgrimage 2017, passed away from health complications caused by an infection on May 4, 2019. She was 37.
Rachel was a speaker at Pilgrimage 2017 (theme: A Place at the Table).
She shared a beautiful message and invitation to the Table during one of her talks at Pilgrimage 2017: “the bread is broken for me, and the bread is broken for you. Not the you that you will become or the ‘perfect you’ that you wish you were, but the you that you are right now, with no masks. The raw, uncensored, frizzy-haired, delighted child of God. God sees you, and God delights in you.” This message, amongst the others she shared during the 2017 weekend, was received by our community in the NC Conference with many thanks to God.
Rachel was a prophetic voice in an increasingly divisive world and a light to many. In our conversations of preparation and planning surrounding the 2017 event, we came to know Rachel and how much she believed in the body of Christ. She was a talented speaker with a great deal of humility and empathy – we are truly forever changed by Rachel’s leadership.
Rachel was a New York Times best-selling author whose books included Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), Searching for Sunday (2015) and Inspired (2018).
NCC Pilgrimage and the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church thank Rachel for her leadership and guidance both at Pilgrimage 2017 and in her ministry beyond our event. We pray prayers of thanks for her ministry and prayers of support for her family and many friends.
With heavy hearts and thanks to God for Rachel,
The Pilgrimage Ministry Team