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Pilgrimage Week 1: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the first week of the Mountain Sky Conference Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Participants on the journey will receive a daily email with this same content. Those who also chose to receive a daily text reminder will be sent a link to this page. If you have questions about the Pilgrimage, please email the Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 7 - Sept. 13, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism


Oh God, today let us rise with a renewed commitment to do justice and to love kindness. Let our spirits be mindful of those in need and our voices responsive to the injustice in our midst. Help us continue to stand for something larger than ourselves. Amen.

Sojourners, Daily Prayer, https://sojo.net/daily-wisdom/verse-and-voice-07312020


Engage:
Take an inventory of voices you hear from (media, news, books, etc.), businesses you engage with, beauty standards you lean towards, who are in your inner circle, where you worship, etc. Who's missing? With whom will you share what you have learned this week?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 6 - Sept. 12, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From
Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism


God, I pray that someday I can live in a non-racist world. I pray that black and white people can be friends for eternity. Help us, please.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Izzy (age 9)


Engage:
Engage with just one song from the list. We will continue to visit this list again over the next couple of weeks.

How Long by Mark Miller
There is a Time for Silence by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette and Phil Hart
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Where is the Love by Black Eye Peas
Ella's Song (Video) Ella's Song (Lyrics)
Trauma by Arrested Development
How Many Miles Must We March by Ben Harper
White Privilege II by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Jamila Woods
Shame on You by Indigo Girls
Glory by Common and John Legend
Freedom by Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar
Birmingham Sunday by Joan Baez
Hands Up by Daye Jack featuring Killer Mike
Black Rage by Lauryn Hill


Reflect:
What image or lyric touched you and why? What turned you to wonder/curiosity and why?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 5 - Sept. 11, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

A Prayer for Challenging Racism

God,
You are the source of human dignity,
and it is in your image that we are created.

Pour out on us the spirit of love and compassion.

Enable us to reverence each person,
to reach out to anyone in need,
to value and appreciate those who differ from us,
to share the resources of our nation,
to receive the gifts offered to us
by people from other cultures.

Grant that we may always promote
the justice and acceptance
that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony.

Help us to remember that we are one world and one family.

Amen.

From the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. Posted on the Social Justice Resource Center website, https://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/prayers/racism


Engage:
Engage with just one of the videos from the list, as there will be opportunities to engage with this list over the next couple of weeks. 

The Danger of the Single Story
There is No Such Thing as Reverse Racism
50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America's past
The Gospel and Race and How Jesus Related to Those Considered Outsiders
How We Can Start to Heal the Pain of Racial Division
White Boy Privilege
The Choice
Racism is Real
White Bred
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time
Deconstructing White Privilege
The Talk
What is White Privilege?


Reflect:
What was an “aha moment”? What weighed heavily on you and why?


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Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 4 - Sept. 10, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

Loving Jesus,
who walks with the sorrowful:
give strength to all who walk the pilgrim journey though hatred, stereotypes, racial violence, and even death,
that they may know your strength and comfort in the face of these troubles.
Loving Jesus, walk with them. Loving Jesus, walk with us.
Loving Jesus, walk with them. Loving Jesus, walk with us.

Drawing from “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
Sr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, OSL


Engage:
Engage with just one of the poems from the list, as we will continue to use these resources over the next few weeks.

The Bridge Poem by Donna Kate Rushin
White Privilege by Gabriel Ramirez
White Boy Privilege by Royce Mann
A Poem For My White Friends: I Didn't Tell You by Norma Johnson

Reflect:
Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal identifies poems as a “third thing”. This means that poems can invite us into “soul work”. What moved you and why? What made you uncomfortable and why? Interrogate your response. What did you learn about yourself?


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Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 3 - Sept. 9, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

Multihued God,

I am troubled today. This changing one’s way of thinking after a lifetime is hard. And confusing at times. For years, we thought that our goal was to get beyond race, to remove color from the conversation. We thought it was a good thing to say, “I don’t see color!” or “I am colorblind when it comes to people.” I even heard a white man quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The quoter implied that even King wanted to get beyond color to something deeper, something more important than skin. Yet now we hear that to deny color is demeaning, inauthentic, … bad. That’s what we have heard about that statement for years. How are we to think, loving God?

I listen again to that familiar quote. Because you asked me to, Jesus. I listen again and wonder if what we got wrong is that the emphasis in that sentence is not color but “judged.” King said he dreamed of a world that didn’t judge by color. He didn’t say that he dreamed his children wouldn’t be seen, experienced, understood, enjoyed, loved for who they were, including the color of their skin, but that they wouldn’t be judged because of that color. How often, Lord, do we judge – do we demean, diminish, deny, defile – because of color? How often do I?

I am troubled today. Changing one’s way of thinking after a lifetime is hard and confusing, at times. Yet, it is worth the struggle. May your Spirit work the change in me and in us that will help us see as you see, rainbow God. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, August 2020


Engage:
Engage with just one of the articles from the list, as we will continue to use these resources over the next few weeks.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America
Caught Up in God
How White People Got Made
Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person
Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"
Growing Up With Institutional Racism


Reflect:
What did you learn? What did you find yourself pushing back/against and why? Turn to wonder.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 2 - Sept. 8, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

A Prayer for Living the Gospel

God of yesterday, today and tomorrow,
we call to mind your presence within us and around us.
Open our ears that we may hear your Word.
Open our hearts that we may understand your Word.
Open our mouths that we may speak your Word.
Inspire us with the gospel message,
that we may celebrate all that is life-giving,
restore hope where it has been lost,
and work to bring about change where it is needed.
May we live the gospel with courage, constancy, and love.
May we be open to the challenge of your call to true freedom.
May we be faithful to you in our daily choices and decisions.
May we make your love known through our words and actions.
May the Triune God reign in our hearts, now and forever.
Amen.

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council


Engage:
Engage with just one of the songs from the list today, as we will continue to use these resources over the next few weeks.

How Long by Mark Miller
There is a Time for Silence by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette and Phil Hart
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Where is the Love by Black Eyed Peas
Ella's Song (Video) Ella's Song (Lyrics)
Trauma by Arrested Development
How Many Miles Must We March by Ben Harper
White Privilege II by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Jamila Woods
Shame on You by Indigo Girls
Glory by Common and John Legend
Freedom by Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar
Birmingham Sunday by Joan Baez
Hands Up by Daye Jack featuring Killer Mike
Black Rage by Lauryn Hill


Reflect:
Music can be moving, it can evoke various emotions and responses. Check in with your body. How is it responding? What from the song will stay with you and why?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1 - Sept. 7, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Pray:
From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: Archive - Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism

“Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol, popularized by Billie Holiday:

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

God of Justice and of Mercy,

Your servant Paul warned us that as we sow, so shall we reap. Your prophet Hosea warned us that if we sow the wind, we shall reap the whirlwind. So now, as we bow our heads into the force of the whirlwind, we must know deep down that this is not a momentary aberration or accident of the changing of the wind. As we gaze upon the strange fruit that we have produced we must know in our hearts and souls that this is not random mutation of our planting, but the result of years of sowing in blood and hate. And your church is complicit in sowing a system of injustice, our hands are not free of the blood and our hearts are not free of the hate.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us.

Confessing our sinful natures, we pray for your Spirit to begin the long hard work of repentance within and between us, and tear down the dividing walls of hostility so that we may begin to sow to the Spirit of reconciliation and begin the long, hard journey to forgiveness and peace. May those of us who have benefited from systems of injustice seek forgiveness from those of us who have broken by those systems. So that together we might glimpse, if only from a distance for now, the possibility of the Kin-dom of God where all are seen to reveal the image of God as we live in God’s justice and peace.

In the Name of the first strange fruit hanging from the tree, the crucified Christ, we pray. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, May 2020


Engage:
Engage with just one of the videos from the list today, as we will continue to use these resources over the next few weeks.

The Danger of the Single Story
There is No Such Thing as Reverse Racism
50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America's past
The Gospel and Race and How Jesus Related to Those Considered Outsiders
How Do We Start to Heal from the Pain of Racial Division
White Boy Privilege
The Choice
Racism is Real
White Bred
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time
Deconstructing White Privilege
The Talk
What is White Privilege?


Reflect:
What resonated with you and why? What challenged you and why?