Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project

Tom Poynor

Tom Poynor serves as the Episcopal Chaplain to UC Berkeley. In this role he regularly meets with students one-on-one or in groups as well as coordinating interfaith activities, worship experiences, and speaker series. In tandem with the Pilgrimage and the Arts Initiative, he will be coordinating specific pilgrimage programs for students at Cal. Tom has recently begun PhD work in theology through the VU Amsterdam where he will focus on the idea of the Sacramental Imagination and its relationship to NeoPlatonic philosophy. Previous study includes an MLitt in theology from the University of St Andrews and an MSt from the University of Oxford with a particular emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and imagery of the Holy Grail. His undergrad was in music from Sewanee:The University of the South. Tom’s experience in pilgrimage began in Alabama with pilgrimages to Taizé, France (where he also lived for some time in the community), Canterbury, the Caminno di Francesco in Italy, and the Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage in Lowndesboro, Alabama commemorating a martyr of the civil rights movement. Tom is completing a virtual pilgrimage based on the events surrounding the Civil Rights movement in 1965.