Christopher Konrad is in his fourth and final year at Trinity Western University and is currently participating in the Laurentian Leadership Center program. During his time at the Laurentian Leadership Center, he was an intern with Cardus Social Cities, working out of the Ottawa office. At school he is doing a major in human geography and a minor in intercultural religious studies. In his future he plans to pursue a masters and career in the field of community planning. This is spurred on by a passion for both our built and natural environments, as well as how these factors play a role in our social and faith communities.
Bio last updated April 9th, 2019.
Articles by Christopher Konrad
Virtue in a Backpack
By Christopher Konrad
April 2, 2019
Reducing the material world to what can be carried, lodging in hostels and sharing with transient strangers, Chris Konrad grasps how the ache of pilgrimage can become the beginning of spiritual practice.
While the notion of sharing a dorm room with a dozen strangers for a few nights does have limited appeal, it is the people who are staying in those bunks which form the foundation of the hostel experience These are people often deeply dissatisfied with the status quo of their own lives, and desperate for some sort of change So, in reaction to this, many backpackers have chosen to trade in the material comforts of home for the ability to experience the world It may be because many of these people will likely never see each other again, or that this way of travelling attracts a certain personality, but either way the hostel environment leads to people opening up with strangers in a strikingly personal way