The Sankofa Pilgrimage 

Sankofa means “It is not foolish to go back and get that which you have forgotten.”  

July 1 - 11, 2024


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 to a different part of the country this year, the Northeast. Join us as we travel down the East Coast to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. There is so much history hidden through our country, so join us on this pilgrimage of discovery!

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 birthed 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.

Prior to embarking on the Sankofa pilgrimage, we will prepare ourselves through a weekly study (May 23-June 7). 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: Thursdays, May 23 through June 27, 2024 | 6 - 7:30 PM | Linder Lounge (Mission Valley Campus) and via Zoom, if you cannot make the class in person.  RSVP here for the pre-study class. You are invited to join the Sankofa pilgrimage weekly study (5/23- 6/27) even if you are not going on the actual pilgrimage. 

Sankofa Pilgrimage: Monday, July 1 through Thursday, July 11, 2024. 



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

(nonrefundable down payment: $500 per person, due when register) Final payment is due 5/5/2024.

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


Click here to register for the pilgrimage

Last day to register: 3/10/24 (limited number of participants: 35)


Tentative site visits


  • Plimoth Patuxet Plantation

  • Mayflower II

  • Boston Harbor (Tea Party ship & Trolley Tour)

  • Freedom Trails

  • Boston Pops (4th of July)

New York City
  • (Liberty) Ellis Island & Statue of Liberty

  • Central Park

  • Wall Street

  • African Burial Ground

  • Harlem Renaissance Tour- Gospel concert and special luncheon

  • 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 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