The Sankofa Pilgrimage 

Sankofa means “It is not foolish to go back and get that which you have forgotten.” It’s a West African Adinkra symbol and it speaks to what we hope to accomplish: To remember the humanity of all people.

 From July 1 to July 11, join Rev. Brittany Juliette Hanlin and Rev. Trudy D. Robinson are embarking on a pilgrimage with a small group to uncover hidden history throughout the Northeast.

Registration is now closed but everyone is invited to join our Pilgrimage Pre-Study.


Sankofa Pre-Study

Thursdays, May 23 through June 27, 2024 | 6 - 7:30 PM | Linder Lounge and via Zoom

Prior to the trip, we'll prepare through a weekly study (May 23-June 7). It will be held in-person or via Zoom.

The study is a pre-requisite for the participants taking part in the pilgrimage but is also open to others not going on the trip! 

RSVP Sankofa Pre-Study 


Details about the 2024 Sankofa Pilgrimage

The 10-day pilgrimage takes us to the Northeast this year. Join us as we travel down the East Coast to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. 

Tentative site visits include:

  • Boston: Plimoth Patuxet Plantation, Mayflower II, Boston Harbor (Tea Party ship & Trolley Tour), Freedom Trails, Boston Pops (4th of July)
  • New York City: Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Wall Street, African Burial Ground, Harlem Renaissance Tour (Gospel concert and special luncheon)
  • Philadelphia: Mother Bethel AME Church, Congress Hall, Liberty Bell, and more
  • Washington, D.C. / Maryland / Virginia: The National African American History Museum, National Monuments & Memorials, National Harbor, Mt. Vernon Plantation, Banneker-Douglass Museum, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

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. This year we will visit places like the Plimoth Patuxet Plantation, Ellis Island, Central Park, Mother Bethel AME Church, Harriet Tubman UGRR Visitor Center, and the National African American History & Culture.

This trip is about learning and cultivating relationships with each other by opening our hearts to important conversations of faith. This pilgrimage is a journey that begins long before we depart on July 1. Our present-day reality was born from the actions of the past and as we uncover and confront that which we did not know, we can begin to build a better world for generations to come.

We hope you will seriously consider the importance of a trip like this for yourself, our church, and the world we are creating. Our 2023 pilgrimage was transformative because the Spirit of God greeted us every step of our journey together and we expect the same this go round! We pray God will transform our hearts and reveal ways to better become God's beloved community.


Single Occupancy-$3500
Double Occupancy- $2800 (per person)

Included in the cost: Air fare, bus transportation, hotels, museum entrances fees, breakfasts and a special luncheon. (Dinners and evenings are on your own.)

Non-refundable down payment of $500 per person is due at registration. Final payment is due 5/5/2024.

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


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 22, 2024.
  • Questions: email Rev. Brittany