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Pilgrimage Week 9: Daily Reminders

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This page will list each day's scripture, prayer and engagement resource for the ninth 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 63 - Nov. 8, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.

We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm. 


Scripture of the Week:

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  


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.


Reflect:

Concerning microaggressions, who will you have conversation about this topic with? other church members, friends, and/or family members? 

Weekly Check In and Debrief - There are Two Options
Questions for our discussion:

  1. What did you learn about microaggressions, an “aha” moment?
  2. What is confusing and you would like to learn more about, concerning microaggressions?


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


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 62 - Nov. 7, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.

We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm.


Scripture of the Week:

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 


Pray:

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

Dear God,

I want to thank you for something you did long ago, when I was a child, when you showed me that my skin was beautiful.

Do you remember how I was looking at the colors of my hand – all the shades that went into making my unique brown – how I was admiring the careful blending, thinking “how lovely” and you chimed in with, “Yes, it is, isn’t it?” I love you for that comment. When I grew older, I realized that very few people shared our love for my skin. Everywhere I looked there were ads for things to bleach my color out. I even bought some, once. It burned. Even so, I kept it for a long time, because I wanted to be beautiful and the world was telling me this is how to do it. Forgive me for losing faith. And that reminds me of something else. Remember how I used to wish that I didn’t have to straighten my hair, how I wanted to just let it be itself? I can do that now, and it’s wild and joyful in the wind, and I love you for giving it to me because it just exactly expresses who I am in my soul.

But here is what I’m really praying about. I want to ask you to help people understand that just because I love what you have made me doesn’t mean I don’t love what you have made them. I think that’s part of our problem – we can only see one kind of beauty at a time when you have created so many different varieties. You’re just too darned generous, God. We can’t take it. But I think if you work with us, we can try. We have to...

You know, God, the other day a little boy about my same color told me that he wanted to be white. I asked him why. He said he didn’t know, he just thought it would be better.

Angela Boatright, from Race and Prayer: Collected Voices Many Dreams, edited by Malcolm Boyd and Chester L. Talton (Morehouse Publishing, 2003, p.96).


Reflect:

Thinking back on what you have learned concerning microaggressions. Consider how we, as people of faith, can do better. How can our local churches be better? Consider our liturgy, how we address people, etc…


Some Examples of Microaggressions within the Church:

  • Clergy representation, more than Laity
  • Use of Rev. for male clergy and not for female clergy
  • Asking a new child in Sunday School if the woman who brought them in is the nanny, or assuming the child has two parents, or asking parent sign in with ‘mom’ and ‘dad’
  • Ableism liturgy (this is a complex conversation about language, imagery, metaphors, reminding us to ask questions, listen deeply from many voices and differing feelings)
  • Assumptions of gifts and callings (young people want to participate in children or youth ministry, women helping with coffee time)
  • How can we talk about it in church?

A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 61 - Nov. 6, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.

We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm. 


Scripture of the Week:

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  


Pray:

Oneness of the world, our maker, our lover and our keeper. You are more important than anything. Because of you everything is important.
We are forgetful and fickle people. We mean well, but we don't take the time to see or listen as we should. We often know that prejudice and racism are in our systems, but we don't focus on a way out of those systems.
Thank you for being present inside of each of us and for never giving up on us.
Please strengthen our vision, our awareness and our courage that we might search to find you in each other and to bend our systems toward justice.
Affirmation for all persons, namaste and shalom.

Marian Straight
Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, Participant


Engage:

When have you heard a microaggression? How did you respond? What would you do the same? What would you do differently? Here are videos about this:


Racial Equity Expert shares ways to disrupt microaggressions. (about 3 minutes)


Reflect:

Responding to a microaggression at the moment can be difficult. Practicing might help. Is there someone you can practice with? 


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 60 - Nov. 5, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.

We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm. 


Scripture of the Week:

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.


Pray:

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

We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you. Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity. Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace. Help us to walk together, pray together, sing together, and live together until that day when all God's children -- Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow -- will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray. Amen.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits (edited by Lewis V. Baldwin, Beacon Press, 2012). Posted on National Catholic Reporter.


Engage:

Read Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life.


Engage with this chart.


Reflect:

Reflect & make note of instances when you have experienced, witnessed, or committed a microaggression. Consider how you would work towards not committing a microaggression. Open up to feedback and even apologizing.


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 59 - Nov. 4, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.

We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm.


Scripture of the Week: 

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  


Pray:

Loving God, you are the most holy Redeemer.

I confess my complicity in White Supremacy by my silence and my blindness to the truth about the church oppressing people in the name of saving them so that they could be exploited through slavery, stealing their land, imprisoning them, taking of their children and other inhumane treatment.

God, thank you for the Black Lives Matter Movement providing the opportunity for the church now to learn about and understand the harm that we have caused by what we wrongly had believed from our White Supremacy perspective to be for their good.

God, give us courage and strength to journey and to struggle together to repent of our transgressions towards people of color and to interrupt racism in all of its ungodly manifestations.

Amen.

Chesie Lee
Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, Participant


Engage:

Let's dive deeper into microaggressions.

Listen/Read Microaggression: Be Careful What you Say (8 minutes)


Reflect:

What was helpful information/learning? 


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 58 - Nov. 3, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.

We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm


Scripture of the Week:

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.


Pray:

Dear Goddess of Love & Light

I ask you to help our country’s people through this alarming voting crisis we are facing created by our current leadership.  Please show us the best and highest way; and the best path to persist; then the best way we can remain faithful to justice and fairness for all.
I know if we can still our minds and listen with our small voice within to you, we can discern our path forward. Thank you for being our constant source of help and kindness.  We need your constant assurance now while we are being twisted and torn apart by the news so often .

In Jesus name we ask,

Amen

Brenda Bronson
Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, Participant


Engage:

This week we will be learning about microaggressions and will consider how we can be more mindful about not committing them.


Let’s start with is article (includes language some may find offensive, “swear words”):


21 Microaggressions You Hear on a Daily Basis


This is a 2 minute video about the impact of microaggression (includes language some may find offensive, “swear words”):


Microaggressions are Like Mosquito Bites


Reflect:

Do you have some questions about microaggressions? What are they? 

A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force


Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7


Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 57 - Nov. 2, 2020


Friends! We have been journeying together for two months! We are in our third and final one. During November, we will be learning about microaggressions, implicit bias, allyship/solidarity, and the United Methodist Church’s stance on racism and antiracism (what is our calling as United Methodists). 
We are reminded that November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This is another opportunity for us to engage in learning about the history and lived experiences of our Native siblings. Learn about the land you are residing on, here.
We hope to see you at our weekly debrief/check ins. Please plan on joining our last debrief/check in on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm. 


Scripture of the Week:

Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 


Pray: 

Creator God, 
Give us eyes to see all people as you see them - not a mirror to see only ourselves but a loving vision that truly sees others and knows their worth - that all your people may see themselves represented in the work, play, mission and ministry of your Church; we pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, who lived and died for all. Amen

Linda Cheek
Pilgrimage to the Land of Love, Participant


Engage & Reflect:

Learn if there are committees/organizations within your school, community, church, workplace, etc. engaged in antiracism work? What can you learn from them? If possible, would you consider participating?


A Message from the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force
Attached you will find a link to a survey that the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force has created.  We would like you to complete this short, 9 question survey about what is happening within your church regarding Racial Justice.  Our plan is to take the results of the survey and put the information into a usable format to be shared across the conference.  We know that there are many different things happening across our conference in this area – in large and small churches, in rural areas, and in urban areas.  We want to facilitate the sharing of ideas, projects, and more by creating a database of all that is happening.  So please take a few minutes to complete this survey by November 30th.  We thank you for your time and consideration.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVDMZT7