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Pilgrimage Week 6: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the sixth 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 42 - Oct. 18, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 


Pray: 

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?
Micah 6:8


Patient and Long-suffering God,

I’m compelled to ask today; it has been haunting me for weeks now. Did your prophet Micah preach before a congregation of stony-faced parishioners? Did he look up from his notes and nearly stumble in his proclamation as he saw their arms crossed and scowling faces, as he saw them squirming in the pews at his words? Did many of them go out the side door of the sanctuary rather than shake his hand in the aisle? Did someone point a shaking finger in his face and say, “We don’t want to hear politics from the pulpit, Pastor Micah”?

This business of truth telling has become even more difficult, and, unfortunately, rare in these days, O God. We are more comfortable with lies, with assurances that our discipleship doesn’t really impact our lives in the real world, that all you are really interested in is getting us out of here and into heaven as cleanly as possible.

Did Preacher Micah ever want to give up? Did he make a t-shirt with his famous words and wear it ironically while he tended their softened souls? Or did he keep calling for justice, even when ears got tired of hearing it? Did he continue to speak up against the hate, the bigotry, the prejudice, even to people who thought he must have been talking to someone else?

What do you require of us, Lord, we who claim your name and represent your will with our everyday lives? What do you really require? We need to hear it again. Amen.

Derek C. Weber


Reflect: 

We engaged in a lot of content this week. We were invited to listen deeply, to learn more about our country’s history. Take some time to remember/recall your own personal story/history.

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 41 - Oct. 17, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.


Pray: Wake Me Up Lord

Wake me up Lord, so that the evil of racism
finds no home within me.
Keep watch over my heart Lord,
and remove from me any barriers to your grace,
that may oppress and offend my siblings.
Fill my spirit Lord, so that I may give
services of justice and peace.
Clear my mind Lord, and use it for your glory.
And finally, remind us Lord that you said,
"blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God."
Amen.

This prayer is adapted from For The Love of One Another (1989), a special message from the Bishops' Committee on Black Catholics of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Pastoral Letter, Brothers and Sisters to Us, the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Racism (1979).


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: 

Consider reengaging the Poem again. What/How do you feel?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 40 - Oct. 16, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 


Pray: 

Almighty and Everloving Spirit, open us to you.  Swirl within us until we have no power to do anything else except show love to all people no matter the differences we see.  Make love our biggest thought and primary action. Empower us to empower others.  Almighty Everloving Spirit, swirl within us now. Amen

Karen Hurst
Participant, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage: 

Engage with one Item/Episode from the list. 

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: 

What are your thoughts and feelings about the importance/need to know our history? How does this inform your commitment to antiracism work? 


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 39 - Oct. 15, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 


Pray: 

We Are Broken

Holy Spirit, we are broken, our Earth and her Peoples call for healing. 
This day we call from around the World in our mother tongues.  
Fill us, Holy Spirit, with your blessings that we may follow the mission of the apostles.

Holy Spirit, we are broken, our Earth and her Peoples call for healing.
We are living a Pandemic of health crisis, personal and political chaos.
Many have died---help us live.
Many have lost family, home, job and country; every illness, death, anger,    
destruction and discrimination fill our eyes and ears.

Holy Spirit, we are broken, our Earth and her Peoples call for healing.
Send your Dove of Peace to descend upon our hearts.
May She fill us with peace, kindness, grace and love so we may work and act with justice to include all your peoples.

Holy Spirit, we are broken, our Earth and her Peoples cry for your healing.

Barbara J. Middleton
Participant, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage: 

Engage with one Item/Episode from the list. 


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: How did what you engage inform and/or challenge your own perspective?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 38 - Oct. 14, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 


Pray: 

Oh Mysterious and Steadfast God,
Help me to be as fond of diversity as you are.
Help all people everywhere to see diversity as strength and opportunity.
Open our eyes to value different skin tones as beautiful expressions of your creation.
Forgive us for the ways we exclude and stereotype. 
Lead each of us into a deeper awareness of the strengths of community,
Until we all become as fond of diversity as you are,
And rest in your unlimited love. Amen.

Sharon McCormick
Participant, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage: 

Engage with one Poem from the list.

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: 

Was there something that weighed heavily on you? How has the author’s voice stretched your compassion muscle?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 37 - Oct. 13, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.


Pray: 

Our Lord. Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Comforter.
The Great I Am. One and All as I am One with Thee.
You are but Love and Your Love leads to Good.
You move in our lives and make a way.
You knew us before we were born; You know our needs before we ask.
You Give fully and openly.
Your children are fighting. Your children are angry.
Your children are in fear.
Bring us together again – Bind us fully as You bind the wounded.
We know but do not understand.
We ask to be as You. To be with You as You are with us.
To be in Your Heart and You are in our heart.
We are confident in Your guidance. We are brave in Your arms.
We will move in this world as You move in the world beyond.
We know Your Power for Good and we are grateful for your Love.
Amen.

Brad Brown
Participant, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage: 

* Yesterday, the article, Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking How We Celebrate American History was shared. The link was no longer available later in the morning. Here is an updated version of yesterday’s article from the same source, the Smithsonian Magazine, Rethinking How We Celebrate American History—Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Engage with just one Item/one Episode from the list as we will revisit it again 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: Did you hear a new voice, a new perspective, a new lived experience? What moved you? What challenged you?


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 36 - Oct. 12, 2020

Scripture of the Week:

Amos 5:23-24
Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.


Pray:

One Voice: Let us ask the Lord to make us vulnerable enough to hear the cry of the needy.
Many voices: Lord, make our hearts tender. Give us courage to Listen.

One voice: Let us ask the Lord to knit us together in one heart and soul.
Many voices: Lord, send your Spirit to make us one. Give us strength to reach out in compassion to those in need.

One voice: Let us ask the Lord to show us how to live in community.
Many voices: Lord, teach us to overcome division for the sake of Christ. Teach us how to be one body through your grace, for the work which you have given us, so that all may see your grace through our united witness of love. Amen

United Methodist Women - Crosspoints 9/8/2020
Shared by Marian Straight
Participant, Pilgrimage to the Land of Love


Engage:

Engage with just one Item from the list as we will revisit it again later.
AND/OR
Read Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking How We Celebrate American History in light of the national conversation concerning today, what is often referred to as Columbus Day.

Documentary: Asian Americans (5 hour film series. PBS membership needed, but lots of information on the website to engage.)
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:

What made you feel energized/motivated? Was there something that made you uncomfortable?