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Restoration Anglican Church - An American Pilgrimage

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Overview

America is deeply divided. Tensions exist within and between many of our communities, and we are finding it increasingly harder to listen to those on the other side of the aisle—whether that aisle is political, racial, economic, or religious. The American Pilgrimage explores how the seeds of our division were sown at the noble yet contradictory beginning of our American story. 

The Telos team will guide you through an experience where you will look at the past to help to understand our present realities in order to know how to engage in reconciling culture-making for a better tomorrow.

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Welcome Briefing and overview

David Bailey will welcome you and give a briefing of the story of America and an overview of the activities of the week.

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Gather in Congo Square

Our first experience will be at Congo Square, where we will learn about the history and culture of the first Africans in New Orleans.

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Walking tour of the French Quarter

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Dinner in French Quarter

We'll have a nice meal in the historic French Quarter.

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Guided tour of Whitney Plantation

We will visit the Whitney Plantation, which is the only plantation museum in Louisiana that tells the story of the plantation from the perspectives of the people enslaved there.

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Visit Lower 9th Ward

Meet with pastor Willie Calhoun and talk about the challenges facing New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. 

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VISIT STUDIO Be GALLERY

Studio Be is a 35,000 sq. ft warehouse of art. Currently housing the first solo show of visual artist Brandan 'BMike' Odums.

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Meet with those doing the work of criminal justice system reform

During this time we will talk to reformers about the work they are doing with the criminal justice system. We'll also sit in on a bail court hearing.

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Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Location : Jackson, MS, USA

We will visit a not-for-profit organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent in New Orleans.

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Drive to Jackson, MS

Location : Jackson, MS, USA

We'll have approximately a 3 hour drive to Jackson, MS.

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Dinner with Local Leaders in Jackson

Location : Jackson, MS, USA

We will meet with community leaders and activists in Jackson, MS to learn from them and their stories.

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Worship service at New Horizon Church International

Location : Jackson, MS, USA

We will take part in a Worship service at New Horizon Church International with Bishop Ronnie Crudup.

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Tour Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi is one of the hubs for significant civil rights struggle and progress both locally and nationally. 

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Dinner with local leaders in Jackson

Location : Jackson, MS, USA

We will meet with community leaders and activists in Jackson, MS to learn from them and their stories.

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Visit Medgar Evers House

Location : Jackson, MS, USA

Visit to the house where Medgar Evers and his family lived before he was assassinated.

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Drive to Selma, Alabama

Location : Selma, AL, USA

We'll have approximately a 3 hour drive to Selma, Alabama. 

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Walk across Edmund Pettus Bridge

Location : Selma, AL, USA

The Edmond Pettus Bridge is the place where "Bloody Sunday" happened on March 7, 1965.

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Visit National Voting Rights Museum

Location : Selma, AL, USA

The National Voting Rights Museum shares the history of voting for all American citizens.

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Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation

Location : Selma, AL, USA

We will spend time in a workshop on Nonviolence and Racial Equity Training led by Anika Jackson and her staff. 

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Visit Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

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Tour the Legacy Museum & the National Memorial For Peace and Justice

The Museum and Memorial were curated by the Equal Justice Initiative, founded by Bryan Stevenson. In this phenomenal museum, we will explore the history of slavery, segregation, and mass incarceration. The Memorial honors the memory of the victims of racial terror lynchings.

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Wrap-up and Processing

We will process our time together and discuss the next steps of the journey in reconciliation and peacemaking.

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Location
Across the U.S. South
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