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Pilgrimage Week 5: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the fifth 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 35 - Oct. 11, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.


Pray: 

Almighty God, you have 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 in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


1979 Book of Common Prayer


Engage: 

What is something you learned this week that you can share with someone else? Consider sharing and having a conversation about it with them. 

Weekly Check In and Debrief - There are Two Options

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


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 34 - Oct. 10, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak


Pray:

Heavenly Father, 
Please give us the discernment to:
Recognize the truth, 
Acknowledge injustice where we see it.
Courage to stand against racism and hatred.
Help us to know when to speak up and when to calmly listen.
We pray this in your son's Holy name.
 
Celeste Wilson Participant,

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage:

Engage with just one Item from the list as we will revisit this list later. Please note that some are part of a series so listen to one episode or as many as you like. You can also revisit later. 

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States (11:50 mins)
Before You Call (3:09 mins)
People of colour have to ‘code-switch’ to fit in with white norms (Article)
A Womanist Queer Theology: An Interview with Pamela Lightsey (31 mins)
Reflections from a Token Black Friend (Article)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Cone at UMC General Conference)
Vision Maker Media (Vision Maker Media empowers and engages Native people to share stories. We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. You are able to purchase viewing rights for the movies, but we encourage you to browse the website, to read the synopsis and watch the trailers.)
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (Video Series)
Motus Theater (Theater and Critical Issues of Today such as Immigration, DACA, Sanctuary)
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (podcast, videos, etc.)


Reflect: 

Give thanks for the voices you heard this week.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 33 - Oct. 9, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.


Pray: 

From Social Justice Resource Center

God our Creator, you created humankind in your image, and blessed us with your love.
Help us to show that love to one another as we work for equality for all races in education, housing, public services, and employment opportunity.
Give us strength and courage to speak out against injustice, and to work for the transformation of unjust systems that keep some in bondage: that we may more fully live out your kingdom here on earth; through Jesus Christ your son, who came to set us free.


Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia


Engage:

Engage with just one of the Poems.

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Rosa by Rita Dove
I'm Not the Indian You Had in Mind by Thomas King
Immigrant Blues by Li-Young Lee
The Star Spanglish Banner by Angelica Maria
Afterimages by Audrey Lorde
I Wish I Dried Up by Hess Love 
Intersections and My Mental Health as an Asian American by Sandy Nguyen


Reflect: 

 

What moved you? Was there anything that made you feel uncomfortable or defensive? Were you able to recognize it and continue to listen deeply? 

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Additional Conversation Options
Some have expressed the desire to have additional opportunities to connect. If you are interested in connecting with others on the journey for mutual support, accountability, and additional time for sharing and learning, please register below and information on next steps will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.
Register here by the end of today, Friday, October 9th.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 32 - Oct. 8, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. 


Pray:

From Social Justice Resource Center

Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbor.  Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves.


Sisters of Mercy


Engage:

Engage with just one Item from the list as we will revisit this list later. Please note that some are part of a series so listen to one episode or as many as you like. You can continue the series later. 

Bryan Stevenson on How America Can Heal (Transcript and Recording, about 1hr)
Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation (Transcript and Recording, about 50 mins.)
All My Relations: Native Voices (Series)
Code Switch (Series)
How the US Suppressed the Native American Identity (2:45 mins)


Reflect:

Notice moments of clarity. Notice moments of bias and judgement. Write them down as they can help you discover your subconscious.

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Additional Conversation Options
Some have expressed the desire to have additional opportunities to connect. If you are interested in connecting with others on the journey for mutual support, accountability, and additional time for sharing and learning, please register below and information on next steps will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.
Register here by Friday, October 9th.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 31 - Oct. 7, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. 


Pray:

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

Dear God, in our efforts to dismantle racism, we understand that we struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities – those institutions and systems that keep racism alive by perpetuating the lie that some members of the family are inferior and others superior.

Create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see our siblings in the faces of those divided by racial categories.

Give us the grace and strength to rid ourselves of racial stereotypes that oppress some of us while providing entitlements to others.

Help us to create a Church and nation that embraces the hopes and fears of oppressed People of Color where we live, as well as those around the world.

Heal your family God, and make us one with you, in union with our brother Jesus, and empowered by your Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Written by the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team
https://spsmw.org/prayer/prayer-dismantling-racism/

 


Engage:

Engage with just one Item from the list as we will revisit this list later. Please note that some are part of a series so listen to one episode or as many as you like. You can also revisit later. 

Documentary: Asian Americans (5 hour film series. PBS membership needed. But lots of information on the website)
Documentary: Unspoken: Native American Boarding School (about 1 hour)
The Disturbing History of Suburbs (Adam Ruins Everything, 6:19 mins)
Birth of a White Nation (Jacqueline Battalora, 36:46 mins)
13th (Netflix Subscription Needed)
Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? (Article)
Slavery by Another Name (PBS Info Here or YouTube Video Here)
Race: The Power of an Illusion  (3 Part Series - Rent to Stream)
Just Mercy (Rent or Buy)

 


Reflect:

Was there something that came up that you would like to dig a little deeper into? If so, what steps will you take?

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Additional Conversation Options
Some have expressed the desire to have additional opportunities to connect. If you are interested in connecting with others on the journey for mutual support, accountability, and additional time for sharing and learning, please register below and information on next steps will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.
Register here by Friday, October 9th.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 30 - Oct. 6, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak


Pray:

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

Going Home Justified

God, I thank you that I am not like other people - that I’m respectful of property, know to stand before our nation’s flag, protest the right way. Sure, I think racism is bad, and if I ever met racists I’d gently show them the error of their ways. I’m glad I’m not like those people who are violent and angry. They are making things worse rather than better. They should just be patient. They should be more like me.

God, be merciful to me, a sinner. I am scared, and broken, and afraid I might be part of the problem rather than the beginning of a solution. Forgive me looking at the method of protest before listening to the reasons behind it. Forgive me for assessing who has a right to be angry, who has a right to speak or take a knee instead of trying to understand what brought them to their knees in the first place. Give me grace to listen deeper, with compassion. Like that of the one who had compassion on me, a sinner.

Luke 18:10-14

Derek C. Weber, September 2020


Engage:

Engage with just one Item from the list as we will revisit this list later. Please note that some are part of a series so listen to one episode or as many as you like. You can also revisit later. 

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States (11:50 mins)
Before You Call (3:09 mins)
People of colour have to ‘code-switch’ to fit in with white norms (Article)
A Womanist Queer Theology: An Interview with Pamela Lightsey (31 mins)
Reflections from a Token Black Friend (Article)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Cone at UMC General Conference)
Vision Maker Media (Vision Maker Media empowers and engages Native people to share stories. We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. You are able to purchase viewing rights for the movies, but we encourage you to browse the website, to read the synopsis and watch the trailers.)
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (Video Series)
Motus Theater (Theater and Critical Issues of Today such as Immigration, DACA, Sanctuary)
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (podcast, videos, etc.)


Reflect:

What did you learn? Was there something that you connected with? What stretched your compassion muscle?

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Additional Conversation Options
Some have expressed the desire to have additional opportunities to connect. If you are interested in connecting with others on the journey for mutual support, accountability, and additional time for sharing and learning, please register below and information on next steps will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.
Register here by Friday, October 9th.


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 29 - Oct. 5, 2020


Dear friends, welcome to our second month together. There are two announcements:

  • This month we will be focusing on Deep Listening. We will have the opportunity to listen and learn about the history and experiences of BIPOC (black, indegenous, and people of color). You will notice that many of the resources will require a little more of your time. If it is something you cannot engage with the day of, carve out time to revisit it later. A few of the materials will require a fee to watch. This is optional. While some stories can lift up the experience of many, we are reminded that stories and experiences are unique to the person sharing. The materials here are not an exhaustive list, we invite you to continue to engage and hear stories in various platforms. 
  • Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Additional Conversation Options 
    • Some have expressed the desire to have additional opportunities to connect. If you are interested in connecting with others on the journey for mutual support, accountability, and additional time for sharing and learning, please register below and information on next steps will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen at bnguyen@mtnskyumc.org.

Register here by Friday, October 9th.


Scripture of the Week:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7b

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. 


Pray: 

God, creator of all peoples.
Help us to demonstrate your loving kindness to all people
through our thoughts, our words, and our actions,
so that we may reduce the oppression
and heal the divisions
which our culture inflicts on your people.
We pray in the name of Jesus who showed us
how the actions of one can improve the lives of many.

Rick Butler Participant,

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage: 

Engage with just one Poem from the list as we will revisit this list later. 

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Rosa by Rita Dove
I'm Not the Indian You Had in Mind by Thomas King
Immigrant Blues by Li-Young Lee
The Star Spanglish Banner by Angelica Maria
Afterimages by Audrey Lorde
I Wish I Dried Up by Hess Love 
Intersections and My Mental Health as an Asian American by Sandy Nguyen


Reflect:

Did it move you? If so, in what way? Did you feel pain? Hope? Joy? Fear? Anger? Where did you feel it in your body?