Sankofa

Hello Fellow Sojourner,
As February 24th gets closer, I find that my excitement about what the Spirit has planned for us is overwhelming.  I am praying for each of you that God is preparing your heart and emotions to receive a truth like none other.  I pray that you will be open to what the Spirit is doing and that you begin (for some) and deepen (for others) a lifetime of service to God and the “other.”

For those of you that are signed up.  CLICK HERE to join the final discussion group.

Sankofa Housekeeping

      1. You will only get what you put in
      2. What is said on Sankofa, stays with Sankofa
      3. Use I statements, do not speak on behalf of someone else or your race/ species
      4. Actively listen with an empathetic ear
      5. Notice your feeling; be honest and authentic
      6. Take responsibility for your actions and misunderstandings
      7. Try to understand how the past can affect who we are and how the experiences can affect our relationships with each other
      8. Take great consideration of the journey as your reach your destination
      9. In order to stay present in the weekend we ask that you not look at social media, but please feel free to take pictures to document important moments of your Sankofa experience.

Sankofa Declarations

      1. I am not going as an expert of my race, but a partner who will experience a journey
      2. I will do my best to be open and vulnerable with my partner
      3. I will do my best to be open and vulnerable as the spirit guides
      4. I will use what I learn on this trip as a guide to be and do better

October 10, 2021 | 6:00 PM

SANKOFA Q&A WITH DOMINIQUE GILLIARD

If you are interesed in “all things Sankofa,” the please join our discussion group on Sunday night, October 10th, 2021 at 6PM.  Dominic Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration, will lead a Q&A about his books and Sankofa.  Join us on Zoom at the link below.

ZOOM Q&A WITH DOMINIQUE GILLIARD | OCT 10

Sermon by Dominique Gilliard

Micah Bournes – Is Justice Worth it?


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.

When:

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.

Cost:

Total cost is $385 paid by January 15th.

Questions:

Please contact rachel@thevineyard.church or beth@thevineyard.church for more details.

YOU MAY ALSO JOIN US FOR AN INTEREST MEETING ON NOVEMBER 26. 

Unsure?

We are sure that everyone would enjoy and benefit from taking the Sankofa Journey with us.  But if you’re unsure, sign up for our interest meeting on Sunday, September 26th for more information about Sankofa.  We are also doing a Zoom Q&A with Dominique Gilliard, the author of Rethinking Incarceration, on October 10th at 6 PM to talk about why a trip like this is so important (Zoom link above).

After you sign up, we will send you a list of books and other media you can use to prepare your heart for this experience, allowing the pilgrimage to have greater depth and meaning.  You will have ample opportunities to share personal experiences and insights along the journey.


Hourly Schedule

Thursday

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Arrive & Load onto bus
7:00 PM -
Departure
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Discussion of Expectation

Friday

6:00 AM -
Arrive in Selma
7:00 AM -
Breakfast and Devotional
8:45 AM -
Legacy Museum
115 Coosa St
12:00 PM -
Lunch
Not provided
1:45 PM -
16th Street Baptist Church
1530 6th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL
3:00 PM -
Color of Fear Video
On the bus
4:30 PM -
Edmund Pettis Bridge & Obama to Selma DVD
6:00 PM -
Dinner
Provided (Golden Corral)
8:00 PM -
Hotel Check in & Discussion Groups
Hampton Inn Winfield

Saturday

6:00 AM -
Breakfast & Departure
7:00 AM -
Devotional
8:45 AM -
International Museum of Civil Rights
450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN
12:00 PM -
Lunch
4:00 PM -
Meet with CityServe
6:00 PM -
Dinner on Beale Street
Not provided
10:00 PM -
Departure from Tennessee

Sunday

8:00 AM -
Arrival at The Vineyard Church Stafford

The event is finished.

Date

Feb 24 - 27 2022

Time

All of the day

Organizer

Beth Willhelm
Email
beth@thevineyard.church

Other Organizers

Rachel Conner
Email
rachel@thevineyard.church
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