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Pilgrimage Week 10: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the 10th 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 70 - Nov. 15, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. 


Pray:

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

O God, Source of our Life, the One who calls us; who has gifted us with the power of love that we might fulfill the law; we have ignored your gift, turned from the way, and deferred the dream; awaken us to the evil we are doing to our siblings, and embolden us for the great good we have yet to do together; in the power of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from Philip S. Krug, from Race and Prayer: Collected Voices Many Dreams edited by Malcolm Boyd and Chester L. Talton (Morehouse Publishing, 2003, p.194).


Engage and Reflect:

Consider engaging in a space that you usually do not (visit a neighborhood, grocery store, restaurant/food, watch a movie with Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) as main characters, worship, etc.). As you are worshiping, observing, visiting, tasting different foods, check your reaction and biases. How is your body responding? How is your spirit responding? What is coming up for you?


Weekly Check In and Debrief - There are Two Options

Discussion Questions:
Did you learn something new about implicit bias? Something about you?
How can we apply what we have learned about microaggressions and implicit bias within the church?


Option 1: Sundays from 6 to 6:30 pm MT
https://zoom.us/j/93016388030?pwd=MlAySlVDb0p2akJiWnJtK2QwNlpXZz09
Meeting ID: 930 1638 8030
Passcode: 149159

By Phone
Dial: (346) 248-7799
When Prompted: 93016388030# 
Mute/Unmute: *6

Option 2: Mondays from 9:30 to 10:00 am MT
https://zoom.us/j/91852678137?pwd=SXFmc3FTODRuMkhGNkM3WHprZTRGUT09
Meeting ID: 918 5267 8137
Passcode: 803554

By Phone:
Dial: (253) 215-8782
When Prompted: 91852678137# 
Mute/Unmute: *6


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 69 - Nov. 14, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. 


Pray:

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

Prayer for the Morning

Did you rise this morning,
broken and hung over
with weariness and pain
and rage tattered from waving too long in a brutal wind?
Get up, child.
gather your skin and muscle into a patch of sun.
Draw breath deep into your lungs;
you will need it
for another day calls to you.
I know you ache.
I know you wish the work were done
and you
with everyone you have ever loved
were on a distant shore
safe, and unafraid.
But remember this,
tired as you are:
you are not alone.
Here
and here
and here also
there are others weeping
and rising
and gathering their courage.
You belong to them
and they to you
and together,
we will break through
and bend the arc of justice
all the way down
into our lives.

Adapted from Audette Fulbright Fulson, https://www.uua.org/worship/words/prayer/prayer-morning


Reflect:

Take time to list when explicit or implicit bias has shown up in Scripture. What lessons can we learn?
Ex. The Samaritan Woman at the Well, the Good Samaritan.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 68 - Nov. 13, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. 


Pray:

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

In Whatever Forms

O God of new beginnings,

I watched a baptism this week. It reminded me of the many times that I held a child in my arms and dipped my hand in the water or stood before the confirmation youth or the trembling adult and let the water drip down to bring a new hope, or a new birth. It has always been a moment of awesome grace. Thank you for that gift.

But as I watched this time, it wasn’t the water or the head receiving the water that took my breath away. It was the question. The vow and promise made by families and individuals across the years. “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?”

Do you really give us that power? Or are we helpless before the way things are? Do you give us the strength to resist and the vision to see evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms – in whatever forms – they present themselves? Or must we continue to live in denial, blind to the broken and abused and unwanted?

Loving Christ, we who are baptized in your name must no longer hide in our feigned helplessness. But we rise up to resist. Rise up to change. Rise up to heal. Because you have given us this power. We claimed it in the waters that ran over us. It is time to live out our vow. In your name. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, October 2020


Engage:

Read Don't Talk about Implicit Bias without talking about Structural Racism.


Reflect:

Consider your community and local church. How does what we learn here apply to your local setting?


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 67 - Nov. 12, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. 


Pray:

Lord, help us to persist although we want to give up.
Lord, help us to keep trying although we sometimes can’t witness what good it does.
Lord, help us to keep praying even when it feels as though you don’t hear us.
Lord, help us to keep living in ways that seek to do your will.
Lord, help us to know when to lead and when to follow.
Lord, help us to know when to speak and when to remain silent.
Lord, help us to know when to act and when to wait.
 
Adapted from Marian Wright Edelman, Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children, Harper/Perennial, 1995. p. 65


Engage:

Consider taking this self paced course, offered by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) over the next few days ($20) Implicit Bias: What We Don't Think We Think


Or take these Implicit Bias Tests


Reflect:

Take note of your thoughts, reaction within your body and spirit as you take the test(s) and as you read your results. 


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force


Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 66 - Nov. 11, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. 


Pray:

God, You are my very breath, I cannot hope to walk through this world without your divine guidance. 
I confess that too often I seek my own limited counsel instead of coming to you in prayer and reverence. 
God, thank you for always being ready to lead me back to you when I have taken my own path, in the way only you can with divine love and forgiveness.
God please keep me on your path that you have set before me, for my own path leads to disappointment, disaster and failure.
I come to you in your son Jesus name.
Amen

Celeste Wilson
Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, Participant


Engage:

Watch How to Overcome Our Bias? Walk Towards Them


Reflect:

Reflect on the 3 action items lifted up by the speaker.


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force


Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 65 - Nov. 10, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.


Pray:

God you are full of love and compassion for all your people. I’m sorry I have been so disengaged with the pain and suffering that has been inflicted on so many for so long. God I thank you for the ways you are just and merciful. I thank you for stirring up your righteousness in my heart. Gracious Lord, please help me continue to listen and learn. Show me Lord where to step up and be engaged. Amen. Becky Clark, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love participant


Engage:

Read: Implicit Bias means we're all probably at least a little racist. The test mentioned in this article will be included on Day 67 - Thursday, Nov. 12.


Reflect:

What from the article resonated with you? Anything you found yourself pushing back against?


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created. We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference. We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas. We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening. So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Nov. 30. We thank you for your time and consideration.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 64 - Nov. 9, 2020


Friends, this week we will be focusing on implicit bias. Grateful for the journey together.


Scripture of the Week:

John 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.


Pray:

God, you have blessed us with so much diversity in this world: diversity of people, of environments, of ways to be and interact with one another.

And yet, we so often turn away from that diversity. We hurt each other for being different and close ourselves off from new ideas and experiences.

God, we thank you for bringing us together to learn and share and for giving us the tools to fight for racial justice. Please show us to be open to the diversity around us. Help us examine our prejudices and our privilege. Help us show compassion and love to all of your people.

Melissa Trujillo, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love participant


Engage:

Watch The Look. Notice your reaction, your body, your feelings, your spirit.


Reflect:

Have you received the look? Have you noticed the look from others? Have you given/made the look?


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Nov. 30.  We thank you for your time and consideration.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7