“Sankofa” is a word in the Twi language of the Akan people of Ghana meaning “go back and get it.” It is also the name of the symbol above: a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as: “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” There is wisdom in learning from the past to ensure a strong future.
The Sankofa Journey
One of the most eye-opening, jaw-dropping experiences in our time is participation in a 3-day journey of learning and processing the events of the 1950-1980 period of time. You will cry, you will question, you will reflect, and you will exclaim over and over again about how much you never knew as you walk through this period of human and civil rights.
Sugar Land Vineyard Sankofa Journey
The power of Sankofa is knowledge and coming face-to-face with the truth concerning our American systems of justice, economics, education, music, healthcare and so much more. So we have decided to take that journey together as a family so that we can share with and learn from one another.
February 24-27, 2022
What to Expect:
This prayer pilgrimage begins at The Vineyard Church Stafford/Sugar Land and travels to Selma, Alabama, on to Montgomery, Birmington, and ending in Memphis, Tennessee, at the National Civil Rights Museum. These cities played a key role in events that shaped the country we live in. You will be partnered with a person of a different race than you are and encouraged to connect over shared experiences of racism, social justice, and the response and opportunities facing the church. You will be challenged to go deeper into your own understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower and the role you play in building bridges and relationships cross culturally.
A bibliography will be shared that serves as learning modules for foundational work allowing the pilgrimage to have greater depth and meaning. You will have ample opportunities to share personal experiences and insights along the journey.
There will be a cost for the trip and will be posted soon.