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Pilgrimage Week 11: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the 11th and final 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 77 - Nov. 22, 2020


Friends, today is our last daily engagement. We are so grateful for you and your commitment on this journey. May we continue this important daily work of striving to be an antiracist and dismantling white supremacy and racist systems within our communities. May God bless and strengthen you!

A special thank you to Bishop Karen, Charmaine Robledo, Isaac Dunn, Annie Arnoldy, and Dawn Lemons for making the production and weekly check-ins/debriefs of this journey possible. Thank you to friends who helped look through the materials and shared resources along the way. 


Today is our Final Check-In/Debrief:

Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared.

Our Discussion Questions:
Who has impacted your journey, of being an aspiring ally, an antiracist?
Who are you impacting, on their journey of being an aspiring ally,  an antiracist? 

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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 & Reflect:

Look back on this journey. 
Consider where you have stretched, grown in understanding, capacity for deep listening, and exercised your compassion muscle.
What are the next steps for you? 
What would continual education look like? 
Where can you speak truth to power within our churches and community? 
How has your faith journey been nurtured and challenged? 
What does faith in action look like? What would room for repentance and confession be like? 
Take time to remember your Baptism. What does "renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness,reject the evil powers of this world,and repent of your sin" mean for you today?


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option:

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check in will be on Sunday, December 27th. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check in zoom link.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 76 - Nov. 21, 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:

https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/
Materials used with permission: NCCJ "Denouncing Racism - A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles," Center of Concern's Education for Justice Racism Unit.
 
Good and gracious God,
Who loves and delights in all people,
we stand in awe before You,
knowing that the spark of life within each person on earth is the spark of your divine life.
Differences among cultures and races are multicolored manifestations of Your Light.
May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our siblings.
We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action and in Your Presence in our Neighbor.
May all peoples live in Peace.
AMEN.


Engage:

Read
Native People and the United Methodist Church: Book of Resolutions
What does the United Methodist Church say about Racism? 
Friends of other denominations or religions, what are statements concerning racism in your faith tradition?


Reflect:

How is the Holy Spirit nudging you, moving you? 


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option: 

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check in will be on Sunday, December 27th. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check in zoom link.


Final Check-In/Debrief:

Our final Check-In/Debrief will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 75 - Nov. 20, 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:

Today, lift up a prayer, using the guidance below from https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/
Materials used with permission: NCCJ "Denouncing Racism - A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles," Center of Concern's Education for Justice Racism Unit.
 
Individual Racism

Individual Racism is the pattern that perpetuates itself when people grow up with a sense of white racial superiority, whether conscious or unconscious. 
Let us pray as we reflect on the injustices of this form of racism:

  • Recent crimes of racial hatred in the USA.
  • Personal moments of racial stereotyping
  • When I automatically award superior status to my own cultural group and inferior status to all those outside my comfort zone.

 


Engage:


Reflect:

What resonated with you? Or did not? How does the UMC Social Creed inform your faith and life journey? The church’s role within the community?


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option:

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check in will be on Sunday, December 27th. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check in zoom link.


Final Check-In/Debrief:

Our final Check-In/Debrief will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 74 - Nov. 19, 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:

Today, lift up a prayer, using the guidance below from https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/
Materials used with permission: NCCJ "Denouncing Racism - A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles," Center of Concern's Education for Justice Racism Unit.

Environmental Racism
 
Environmental Racism is a term given to the pattern of racism linking pollution and poverty. Caught in a spiral of poverty and environmental degradation, the poor and the powerless most directly bear the burden and suffer disproportionately from the harmful effects of pollution.
Let us pray as we reflect on some of the injustices resulting from this form of racism:
  • Three out of five African Americans and Latino American live in communities with abandoned toxic waste sites.
  • Forty-six percent of USA housing units for the economically poor, mostly people of color, are within a mile of factories that reported toxic emissions to the Environmental Protect Agency.
  • African American children are five times more likely to be victims of lead poisoning than Caucasian children.
  • Asthma and air pollution are linked. African American populations are concentrated in cities that failed the EPS ambient air quality standards. African Americans and Latinos are almost three times more likely than Caucasians to die from asthma.

Engage:

Look through The Guide to Allyship.


Reflect:

Take note of what you have learned and what you would like to dig deeper into.


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option:

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check in will be on Sunday, December 27th. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check in zoom link.


Final Check-In/Debrief:

Our final Check-In/Debrief will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 73 - Nov. 18, 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:

Today, lift up a prayer, using the guidance below from https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/
Materials used with permission: NCCJ "Denouncing Racism - A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles," Center of Concern's Education for Justice Racism Unit.
 
Institutional Racism
 
Institutional Racism is the term given to patterns of social and racial superiority that continue as long as no one challenges them. In this pattern of racism people who assume, consciously or unconsciously, that Caucasian people are superior create and sustain institutions that privilege people like themselves and habitually ignore the contributions of other peoples and cultures. White privilege often goes undetected because it has become internalized and integrated as part of one's worldview by custom, habit and tradition.
 
Let us pray as we reflect on some of the injustices resulting from this form of racism:

  • Institutions that devalue the presence and contributions of people of color and celebrate only the contributions of Caucasians.
  • Indifference to rates of violence against lives of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and native peoples.
  • A Disproportionate number of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans and economically poor are on death row.
  • A 1992 study by the Federal Firearms and Drug Trafficking Charges found that the average sentence for Blacks was 49 times longer than for the Whites convicted of the same crimes.
  • Health Insurance-- the uninsured rate for African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans is more than one and a half times the rate for white Americans.
  • In professional circles of politics, business, social groups, and religious entities, the official representatives are predominately white.

 


Engage:

Watch 5 Tips for Being An Ally.


Reflect:

List the 5 Tips offered. Write down how you can participate. Keep this document nearby and review often.


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option:

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check in will be on Sunday, December 27th. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check in zoom link.


Final Check-In/Debrief:

Our final Check-In/Debrief will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 72 - Nov. 17, 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:

Today, lift up a prayer, using the guidance below from https://www.sistersofmercy.org/resources/prayer-the-elimination-of-racism/
Materials used with permission: NCCJ "Denouncing Racism - A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles," Center of Concern's Education for Justice Racism Unit.
 
Spatial Racism

Spatial Racism is the term given to patterns of metropolitan development in which the affluent create racially and economically segregated suburbs or gentrified areas of cities, leaving the economically poor - mainly African Americans, Hispanics and some newly arrived immigrants -- isolated in deteriorating areas of the cities and older suburbs.
The devastating impact of massive economic disparities between communities and of isolating people geographically according to race, religion, and class is well documented. Spatial racism creates a visible chasm between those who are rich and those who are poor, as well as between Caucasian people and people of color.
Let us pray as we reflect on some of the economic inequities that result from this form of racism. Those who live in the economically depressed areas: 

  • Lack decent affordable housing
  • Lack adequate staff, faculty, buildings, and supplies for public schools
  • Lack capital investment for business and commerce
  • Have little or no opportunities for jobs near home and insufficient public transit to jobs in the suburbs.
  • African Americans seek to buy houses, they encounter discrimination.?

Engage:

Read, White mom to racists: ‘Don’t use my child to further your hate-filled ignorance’


Reflect:

What feelings and questions arise for you?


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option 

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check in will be on Sunday, December 27th. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check in zoom link.


Final Check-In/Debrief

Our final Check-In/Debrief will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.


 

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 71 - Nov. 16, 2020


Friends, this is our last week together! Our final Check-In/Debrief will be on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm Mountain Time and will include Bishop Karen Oliveto leading us in receiving Holy Communion. If you would like to participate in Holy Communion, please have elements prepared. This week we will be focusing on allyship (and/or being an aspiring ally), solidarity, and some United Methodist history and stance on antiracism.


Scripture of the Week (This week we return to the passage we began with):

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:

God, you give us a world filled with an astounding variety of people.
Each created by you in your wisdom with their own
special combination of abilities and imperfections.
No two are alike, and yet each one is equally precious in your sight.

I confess that I see some of your people as
more valuable than me and that I see some
of your people as less valuable than me.
Forgive me for my foolishness.

Thank you for all the messengers that you have sent
to every culture throughout human history who challenge
us to give up our misguided attempts to judge each other.

Please help me to see that the person I think is the vilest
offender against your will and the person I think is
excelling at living according to your will, are both
immortal souls like me who are in need of growing to become
more loving, more accepting, more brave, more generous,
more wise, and more true.

Help me to see that they both have an unlimited capacity
to grow their souls to become a better likeness of your image.
Help me to see that even in their imperfection
they both are your precious children who share equally in
your love and grace and who both deserve my love and respect. Amen

Rick Butler Pilgrimage to the Land of Love participant


Engage:

Read The Maturation of a White Ally.


Reflect:

What resonated with you? What are you pushing back against? Check in with how you are feeling, your spirit.


Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love Survey:

As a participant of the spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, please take 5 mins to complete this 5 question survey. We would like to learn if this format of learning together is meaningful and how to better create resources for our communal faith and life journey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TVTGG8


Advent Study Option:

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a self-paced online course available, Anti-Racism 101: Required Skills for While People Who Want to Be Allies. You can purchase the course for $39.99. If you would like to connect with others along the way, Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen will be facilitating a weekly check in, starting Sunday, November 29th from 11 am - Noon Mountain Time. The last check-in will be on Sunday, Dec. 27. Once you have registered, please email Rev. Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org to receive the check-in zoom link.


Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force:

During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy.

Fourteen people answered the call, both clergy and laity, to form the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. The group is in the "forming" stage, working on what we hope to achieve. Ideas include being a resource for education on anti-racism and racial justice; transforming the church; providing engagement with our communities; holding our conference accountable; advocating for and finding ways to create systemic change.

In the fall, over 700 people from our conference and beyond joined MSC’s Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Land of Love. Through this journey together we are engaging in deep listening to practice daily anti-racism work. Our hope is that this will provide a shared experience and build capacity for listening and conversation so that we can dive deeper into social justice work in the future.

We invite you to join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force. We are currently meeting twice a month on the first and third Sundays in the evening. If you want to engage with our work of transformation by seeking to interrogate and dismantle white supremacy in all the forms it presents itself, please contact: Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.