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Pilgrimage Week 7: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the seventh 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 49 - Oct. 25, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

James 1:19
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 


Pray: 

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

“Some of my best friends are . . .”

I’ve heard it said, Lord, maybe even said it myself from time to time. As an excuse, an explanation as to why I can’t be racist. Because some of my best friends . . . But I wonder if it is really true. As far back as I can remember, we kept apart. At school, around the lunch tables, on the playgrounds. And later, in college and in church, we kept apart...We do. I wonder why?

But still, some of my best friends . . . Well, to be honest, not really. Acquaintances, co-workers, even neighbors – in the proximity sense. And I like them; I’ll wave to them, respect them, listen to them, but befriend them? Best-friend them? The other, the ones not like me? Different?

Love your neighbor as yourself. I know that; I hear that; I even believe and proclaim that. So, why don’t I do it? Do it more. Do it sincerely? Befriend. Best friends. Maybe that’s why Jesus said that. Maybe if we did that, things might really begin to change.

I don’t even know where to start, Lord. Or how to start. Keep working on me; keep working on all of us, Spirit. So that one day, one new day, one transformed day, we can say with sincerity, some of my best friends. In the name of the other we call Christ. Amen.

Adapted from Derek Weber, September 2020


Engage: 

How are you fostering cross-racial friendships?
What is something you learned this week that you can share with someone else? Consider sharing and having a conversation about it with them.


Self Care:

Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”). https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/


Weekly Check In and Debrief - There are Two Options

Option 1: Sundays from 6 to 6:30 pm MT
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By Phone
Dial: (346) 248-7799
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Option 2: Mondays from 9:30 to 10:00 am MT
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Meeting ID: 918 5267 8137
Passcode: 803554

By Phone:
Dial: (253) 215-8782
When Prompted: 91852678137# 
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Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 48 - Oct. 24, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

James 1:19
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.


Pray:

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

Holy One,
In your image
You have created humankind, in great diversity.
We give thanks for the differences—

Holy One,
In your image
You have created humankind, in great diversity.
We give thanks for the differences—
of cultures and ethnicities, of histories and life-stories, of skin colour and language and
hearts that love the world.

We watch in horror as Power desecrates Black and Brown bodies;
walks on their sacredness, kills and subjugates,
in thousands of ways, hidden and overt.
We must not stop at watching—
held back from right action by our horror or seeming powerlessness.

Grant us hearts that listen and learn;
egos that are willing to accept when our own racism is called out.

Grant us courage, to disassemble the systems,
the stories, the mythos, that privilege whiteness over all others.

Give us your Holy Spirit’s wind to call out racism in all its forms—
inside our hearts, inside the church, and in your world,
give us the strength, the wisdom and the will to root out White Fragility,
and White Supremacy, so that they would never again do harm,
never again take away, never again kill.

Help us to be anti-racist,
in all that we say, in all that we do, in all that we are.
It is time. It is well past time.

God of all creation,
bless us all with what we need, to march on.
To live this work of anti-racism.
Today.
Every day.
Always.

In Jesus’ name.
May it be.

A prayer by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. https://www.united-church.ca/prayers/anti-racism-prayer


Engage:

Engage with one Item/Episode from the list.

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:

Was there something you resonated with? Challenged you? 


Self Care:

Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”). https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 47 - Oct. 23, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

James 1:19
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 


Pray: 

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

A Prayer of Lament

O God, our Divine Parent,
the truth is often uncomfortable,
disquieting, disturbing
but no less the truth.
The strife of racial tension claims another life;
someone pays the price for years of suspicion,
mistrust, separation, and hatred.
The bleak wilderness is once again our address,
where we cry with hunger and thirst
for what seems to be a false dream.
Is “liberty and justice” really for all?

You, O God, who know us so well,
we seem incapable of being comforted,
saturated with the aches and pains of
bitter language, scornful treatment, spiteful violence.
What do we do with our unresolved, unfinished, unending grief?
Where can we turn with unpalatable hurt
that pollutes our thoughts and soils our shoes?
“Anger and alleluias careen around
within us, sometimes colliding.”[1]

O God of tender compassion,
known for your steadfast love and faithfulness,
will our discomfort ever find resolution;
can’t you fix this – or inspire us to?
When we accept the phony gods of
persistent attitudes, arrogance and superiority
step up, step on, step in to quell our self-made idols.
Show us how wrong we are, how much we have lost,
how significantly more we have to learn,
how our hearts are frozen.

Confident that you hear our lament,
teach us the ways of peace, patience, hope and love
so that we may again praise you,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

[1] Borrowed from Ann Weems, Psalms of Lament.
Adapted from George R. Crisp, OSL, September 17, 2020


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)
Still We Rise: The Resilience of Refugees (Article)


Reflect: 

What was an ‘ah-ha’ moment for you? Was there something you would like to dig deeper into?


 Self Care:

Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”). https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 46 - Oct. 22, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

James 1:19

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 


Pray: 

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

Don’t you care, Lord? There’s a storm blowing here. We’re about to go under. The waves are so high; the wind is so fierce; I don’t think we can survive this time. Don’t you care? Every time we are able to catch our breath, another swell rises up and threatens to overwhelm us. Don’t you care?

We’re all in this boat, and there’s no place to hide. We all have to face the storm, though some aren’t pulling their weight, defying the wind, denying the waves. There are those who are suffering more, the ones on the edges, drenched by the surge of pounding surf. There are those who have been crushed under the weight of the water, and we barely know who they are. We are struggling to keep our own heads above water. How did we become so callous? How did we become so afraid? Lord, don’t you care that we are dying here?

Sometimes it seems as though the storm inside, the storm between us inhabitants of the boat, is worse than the storm that rages outside. Sometimes it seems that if we could only pull together, see one another as assets to the voyage, partners on the journey, that we just might survive the tempest that rages without. Sometimes it seems if there were a way to call for peace, a way to silence the storm between us, there might be a way through. But that seems impossible in this terror-filled moment, where we are better at stoking the fear than at calming the waves.

Does the Spirit say now: Don’t you care that you are dying?

Peace; Be still.

In your name and for our lives. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, September 2020


Engage: 

Engage with 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: 

Imagine what the author of the poem might be feeling while writing it. 


Self Care:

Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”). https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 45 - Oct. 21, 2020


Scripture of the Week: 

James 1:19
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. 


Pray: 

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

“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace.” Teach me how to order my days that with sure touch I may say the right word at the right time and in the right way — lest I betray the spirit of peace. Let me not be deceived by my own insecurity and weakness which would make me hurt another as I try desperately to help myself. Keep watch with me, O my Father, over the days of my life, that with abiding enthusiasm I may be in such possession of myself that each day I may offer to Thee the full, unhampered use of me in all my parts as “an instrument of Thy Peace.” Amen.

Howard Thurman, The Inward Journey: Meditations on the Spiritual Quest (Harper Row, 1961, p.104), cited on Renovare.org


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)
Still We Rise: The Resilience of Refugees (Article)


Reflect: 

Was there a new learning for you? 


Self Care:


Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”). https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 44 - Oct. 20, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

James 1:19
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.


Pray:

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

A Prayer for the Morning

I am so weary, Father, of using myself as the measure of everything and everybody. Just for this one day, I beg you, help me to find release from the old pattern of seeing the different-from-me as either less-than or more-than me. Grant instead that, for this one day at least, I may see everything and everybody I meet in terms of how I want you to see me at this day’s end.

Phyllis Tickle, from Race and Prayer, Morehouse Publishing, 2003, p.11.


Engage:

Engage with 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:

Take a moment to lift up gratitude for the author and their poem.


Self-Care:

Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self-care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”): https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 43 - Oct. 19, 2020


Scripture of the Week:

James 1:19

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.


Pray:

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

PRAYER OF THE FARM WORKERS’ STRUGGLE

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;

So I will know my people’s plight.

Free me to pray for others;

For you are present in every person.

Help me take responsibility for my own life;

So that I can be free at last.

Grant me courage to serve others;

For in service there is true life.

Give me honesty and patience;

So that I can work with other workers.

Bring forth song and celebration;

So that the Spirit will be alive among us.

Let the Spirit flourish and grow;

So that we will never tire of the struggle.

Let us remember those who have died for justice;

For they have given us life.

Help us love even those who hate us;

So we can change the world.

Amen.

Written by Cesar E. Chavez, United Farm Workers Founder (1927-1993)


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:

If you engaged with a new voice/perspective, how is your mind, your body responding? Gratitude? Pushback? Welcome? Confusion? Take note of your response. Welcome it to continue fostering curiosity and compassion.


Self-Care:

Friends, the learning and work that we are doing together is necessary and hard. At times, it can be overwhelming and we may experience hopelessness, not sure what to do next, feelings of shame, despair, and/or just pure exhaustion. Self care is important and needed. Here is a resource from author Debby Irving (“Waking Up White”): https://debbyirving.com/self-care-challenge/