The Sankofa Pilgrimage
Sankofa means “It is not foolish to go back and get that which you have forgotten.”
June 5-15, 2023
You are invited to join Rev. Brittany Juliette Hanlin and Rev. Trudy D. Robinson on the Sankofa Pilgrimage. Sankofa is a West African Adinkra symbol and it speaks to what we hope to accomplish. To remember the humanity of all people.
The 10-day pilgrimage takes us South to explore historical sites moving us through history from before the Transatlantic Slave Trade, through Chattel Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the new era of Jim Crow. The pilgrimage will help us examine the correlation between history and theology, how our history informs our current realities, and unpack our own implicit biases. We will have an opportunity to visit historical sites like Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL. See the places we plan to visit...
We hope you will seriously consider the importance of a trip like this for yourself, our church, and the world we are creating. This truly is a pilgrimage as we expect God to appear to us in heart transforming ways and reveal the way to better become God's beloved community.
Prior to embarking on the Sankofa pilgrimage, we will prepare ourselves through a weekly study (4/12- 5/24). The study is a pre-requisite for the participants taking part in the pilgrimage and will be held in-person or via Zoom.
Sankofa pre-study class: Wednesdays, 4/12 through 5/24, 2023 | 6 - 7:30 PM | LInder Lounge (Mission Valley Campus) and via Zoom, if you cannot make the class in person. More details about the study...
Sankofa Pilgrimage: Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 15, 2023.
$3500 per person (nonrefundable downpayment: $500 per person, due when register)
Final payment is due 4/15/2023.
Included in the cost: Air fare, bus transportation, hotels, museum entrances fees, breakfasts and a special luncheon. (Dinners and evenings are on your own.)
If the cost of the trip is beyond reach, let us know and we can seek other funding for your participation.
Help fund a scholarship
If you are interested in supporting those who may not be able to afford the cost, you can help fund a scholarship here
- Every Wednesday from April 12 through May 24, 2023, 6-7:30 PM, Linder Lounge and via Zoom
- Topics include:
- World History Pre-chattel slavery
- Jim/Jane Crow (Civil Rights)
- Modern day Jim Crow
Other opportunities for study
- Pastor’s Bible Study led by Rev. Brittany J. Hanlin on African-American readings of Paul. January 11 - February 15
Listen to archived recordings:
Jan. 11, 2023 Jan. 18, 2023 Jan.25, 2023 FEB. 1, 2023 Feb. 8, 2023 Feb. 15, 2023
- Also watch for a variety of Lenten Book Studies led by various pastors and staff members starting in March
Places we plan to visit
- The Legacy Museum
- Worship with local congregation
- Heritage tour/presentation
- Edmund Pettus Bridge
- Tour and presentation of Africatown- learning about the last slave ship carrying African people from the continent, The Clotilda.
The Details, Deadlines, and Fine Print
- The pilgrimage is an investment in the beloved community we hope to build.
- The total trip is expected to be no more than $3500 per person, including air fare, bus transportation, hotels, museum entrances fees, breakfasts and a special luncheon.
- Dinners and evenings are on your own so that you might respond to the learnings of the day however you might need
- Participants are responsible for their own travel insurance.
- The trip will require a lot of walking and self-sufficiency on the participants’ part.
- Age minimum: 14 years, accompanied by adult.
- Deadline for deposit of $500: March 15.
- Questions: or