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Pilgrimage Week 2: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the second 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 14 - Sept. 20, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Romans 12:3 & 5
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


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

Dear God of Justice,

Please help my generation to see the need for justice. It is my dream because we need change; and I know that, with you, it can happen.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Ben (age 11)


Engage:
If you engage with someone who says 'racism not longer exists', 'we do not need to worry about it here', or ‘I don’t see color’ what would be your response? Do you hear these comments within your faith community? How would you respond?

Please take a look at this resource. Review it often and practice using them. Racism Interrupters (Facebook) Is there anything you would add to this list?

If you don’t use Facebook, here is the content (from: fromprivilegetoprogress.org)

That’s not Okay with me.
What you just said is harmful.
We don’t say things like that here.
I’m not comfortable with that.
I find that offensive.
That’s not funny.
I’m sorry, what?
Hold on. I just need to process what you just said.
Help me understand your thinking.
I didn’t realize you think that.


With whom will you share what you have learned this week?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 13 - Sept. 19, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Romans 12:3 & 5
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


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

On Reading “How to Be an Antiracist”

God of all things, help me now.
I want to be an ally to my black brothers and sisters.
I want to be an ally to my brown brothers and sisters.
I want to be an ally to all who are oppressed by racist systems and policies.

And so I fight for their right to get the same education that I had.
For the right to acquire the same wealth that I have.
For the right to live in a “good” neighborhood as I do.
For the right, in short, to be like me.

And as I pray this, O God, my words convict me of my sin.
Why do I privilege my reality as the one that everyone should desire?
God, help me fight for the right for everyone to be themselves –
to live and love and speak from their own hearts.

Give me the courage to admit my false sense of superiority.
Give me eyes to see others as you see them.
To celebrate their distinctive ways of being in the world.
To honor their culture; to honor their values.

Holy One, open my ears. Open my eyes. Open my heart.
Lead me into humility. Call me into love.
Amen.

Elizabeth Moore, OSL
Abbot, the Order of Saint Luke


Engage:
Engage with just one Song from the list. We will have a few more opportunities to visit this list again.

How Long by Mark Miller
A Safe Place to Land by Sara Bareilles ft. John Legend
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 12 - Sept. 18, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Romans 12:3 & 5

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


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

Dear God, we pray with Psalm 19 that you reveal our hidden faults, that you expose and free us from what we do not know or realize that keeps us from one another and from you. We pray that in your Light our darkness is revealed. We pray that we may be free from all that binds us – racism and all forms of sin – that that we may sing with Charles Wesley:

Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
Dear God, free us from those things that bind and blind us, that we may joyfully follow Christ.

Amen

Frank Richard Coats, OSL


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

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:
Was there a new learning for you today? If so, what was it? What weighed heavily on you and why?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 11- Sept. 17, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Romans 12:3 & 5
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


Pray:

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

God of Unity,
We come before you dismayed at our own divisions. We have struggled as your church to come to live in unity; but we are divided – along all the fault lines of our societies. The ruptures in our families, among friends, among denominations, among nations are wide and deep. When we attempt to get on the same page, we build taller walls and dig deeper trenches. God, help us! We know that Christ is not divided. We know that it is your baptism to which we have been called. It is your service to which we are compelled. You have called us to proclaim the gospel, but we even fight about what that is. Help us, God! Help us to give up our power and our privileges. Help us to yield for the sake and cause of the cross of Jesus. Help us to embrace and to live the foolishness of a life emptied of power and given to service, in the likeness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to walk in salvation – in the name of the Servant Christ, amen.

Valerie Bridgeman Davis, The Africana Worship Book, Discipleship Resources, 2006, p.85


Engage:

Engage with just one of the Poems from the list, as we will revisit this list a few more times.

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


Reflect:

What moved you and why? What made you uncomfortable and why? Interrogate your response. What did you learn about yourself? How do you think the author is feeling and trying to convey?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 10 - Sept. 16, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Romans 12:3 & 5
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


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

Almighty God, you created us in your own image.
Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil,
and to make no peace with oppression.
And, that we may reverently use our freedom,
help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice
to the glory of your holy name;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, USA, 20th Cent., Alt. The United Methodist Book of Worship, 513


Engage:
Engage with just one of the articles from the list, as we will use these resources a few more times.

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 Do You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"
Growing Up With Institutional Racism


Reflect: Did you learn something new or was reminded of something you have come across before? Was there anything that piqued your curiosity and you want to dig deeper into? If so, what is it?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 9 - Sept. 15, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Romans 12: 3 & 5

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


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

We’re sinking, Lord of life, sinking in a storm of our own making.
We’re afraid that all is lost, that we are lost, unable to find our way to safety, And it is hard to hold on to hope.
We fall back on the prayers we have prayed, on the words we have known,
And wonder, Lord, we wonder if there is a safe place to land.
Hope is all that we have.

But, praise be, it is a fierce hope, a strong hope, and hope worth clinging to. It’s a hope that drives us – drives us – to not just hunker down in the sinking boat.
To not just look out for ourselves, to not just be content with thoughts and prayers.

We want to be the hopeful stranger;
we want to be the hand that reaches out to help others find a safe place to land.
No longer content to wait, to sit, and hope,
We choose to stand and hope, to move and hope, to help and hope.
We choose to stand against the storm and hold on to hope.
Because we believe that the sun will come up.
We believe in the Son. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, August 2020


Engage:
Engage with just one more 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 Safe Place to Land by Sara Bareilles ft. John Legend
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: Close your eyes and listen to the song again. What do you see? Do you find yourself in those images? Where are you? What are you doing?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 8 - Sept. 14, 2020


Scripture of the Week:
Romans 12:3 & 5
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.


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

A Prayer in a Time of National Crisis

God of the ages, in your sight nations rise and fall, and pass through times of peril. Now when our land is troubled, be near to judge and save. May leaders be led by your wisdom; may they search your will and see it clearly. If we have turned from your way, reverse our ways and help us to repent. Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us; through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.

Presbyterian Worship book, USA., 20th Cent., Alt. The United Methodist Book of Worship, 517


Engage: Engage with just one more video from the list as we will revisit this list a few more times.

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
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 stretched your ‘compassion muscle’ and why?