Andrew Carnegie from Upper Seagry, and Rev Howard Worsley from Wells, the Vice Principal at Trinity College Bristol, calling themselves the Navigators of Faith, will be setting sail on May 10 from Bristol Docks.
With support from Malmesbury Abbey, Holy Trinity Hotwells in Bristol and Trinity College Bristol, the pair will sail more than 2,000 miles around British coastline to find out if today’s society has lost sight of where it comes from and where it is heading. They believe they may find answers to equality, saving the environment and coming together after Brexit by taking a look back at the origins of Celtic Christianity, which are rooted in equality, inclusivity, and environmental protection.
Mr Carnegie and Mr Worsley will trace the sea routes, landing places and influences of the early Celtic Christian Saints, and listen to stories that recapture old stories of faith, with a series of Celtic-themed local events, discussions, and debates.
They hope to engage with six million people across the UK as they travel to 60 different ports in four months, to discuss things such as asylum, plastic in the seas and Brexit.
Mr Carnegie said: “Essentially, Howard and I suspect there is a loss of national identity today, who we are and why we are here. So we are setting out by sea to ask the question, who are we?
“If we have lost who we are and how we arrived there, are there lessons to be learned from history and aspects of the Celtic Christian message?
“This included the inclusion and equality of women, poetry and art and a belief in the essential goodness inherent in all people, as well as care for our environment.
“I am nervous, but when we start it will be a relief.”