The Transfiguration & Why I am hiking that AT

Posted on 26 Feb 2017, Pastor: Alli
  • Matthew 17:1-9

    Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

    As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”


On Transfiguration Sunday the sermon was delivered by Alli Huggins, the Digital Associate for Communications at the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Alli preached about her upcoming through-hike of the Appalachian Trail and about how she and her companions will be living an outdoor ministry for the next six months.


am ten days away from my attempt at a thru-hike, which is to say my attempt at walking 2,189 miles in one calendar year along the Appalachian trail.

I wanted to begin with some trail lingo to get you through the next couple of minutes with me, and to add to your repertoire of random knowledge:

  • First a Thru-hiker—anyone attempting to hike an entire long distance trail in one calendar year. This can be in any direction, North to South, South to North, or “flip flopping” where you start somewhere in the middle and break up the trail that way.
  • Second, Section-hiker—anyone completing a part of the trail, on a trip longer than a day.
  • Third, Day-hiker—someone out for a daily stroll amongst the trees
  • Fourth, NOBO—Northbound hiker: Someone who starts in Georgia and is walking to Maine
  • Fifth, SOBO—Southbound hiker: Someone starting in Maine and walking to Georgia
  • Sixth, “The Trail” how I will refer to the Appalachian Trail, but feel free to supplement any trail, physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional that you would like.
  • Seventh, Zero Day—when a hiker hikes no miles, usually taken in a town to rest
  • Eighth, Nero Day—when a hiker hikes nearly zero miles, usually to get to a town/get out of a town.
  • And finally, Trail Magic and Trail Angels—anything or anyone that helps a hiker along the trip, this could be from giving a hiker a ride to town, to providing meals for the hiker, to a mysterious cooler filled with sodas, snacks, homemade cookies, and water left on the trail for hikers. (This is where a lot of the ministry work is done as we seek to be kind of like trail angels and thru-hikers at the same time)


Read the rest of the sermon and learn more about Alli’s hike on