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Information session:  Tuesday, November 30, 6:30PM on Zoom

So what’s a pilgrimage? This definition from Wikipedia seems appropriate:

A pilgrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience. It can lead to a personal transformation, after which the pilgrim returns to their daily life.

The Do Justice ministry is planning a CUCC intergenerational racial justice pilgrimage to Georgia and Alabama in June of 2022. We will leave right after school is out, probably Monday, June 13, to allow youth in public school and their families to join in. (By the way, this could be a great thing to write about on a college admission application!)

As a congregation, we’ll journey to places to which many of us have never been, to better understand key parts of our American history that resonate today, to examine this history as it relates to our current society and our lives through the lens or our Christian faith, to deepen our faith and strengthen our CUCC community. Our hope is that this will be a transformative experience which will lead to increased commitment to anti-racism and racial justice work.

The trip, including travel, will take six days. We will likely travel in private vehicles but are also looking into van rental. Costs would include travel, hotels, food and admission fees. Some scholarship money will be available for those who need assistance.

We plan to visit places such as…
Montgomery: the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, The Legacy Museum, Dr. King’s parsonage, and the Rosa Parks Museum
Selma: the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Birmingham: 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Atlanta: King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights

If you are not able to join us on the pilgrimage, you can support the journey by participating in educational opportunities before the pilgrimage, praying for the sojourners during it, and joining in reflection afterwards.

If you are interested or have questions, please attend the Zoom informational meeting on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30PM (eNews and email will have link). You can also feel free to contact:
Roger Manus (manuslaw@bellsouth.net),
Jim Smith (jwmsmith64@att.net) or
Santi Matthews (education.cucc@gmail.com)

 

Thank you to David Mark for the photo of Kelly Ingram Park (pixabay.com).