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SANKOFA JOURNEY TO HARMONY
Tuesday, May 5 – Friday, May 8

 

Transform Minnesota is planning our fourth Sankofa Journey to Harmony trip, May 5 – 8, 2020. This journey is strategically curated for pastors and ministry leaders.

We need a confirmed number of interested individuals by February 1 for us to move forward with this trip. If you are interested in attending the spring trip, please fill out the interest form.

Once the form is filled out, we will review your interest form and connect with you shortly after. Once an application is reviewed, you will be sent a form that will allow our organization to get to know you more. Once that has been approved, the final registration form will be processed.

* Please Note: If your final registration and payment by check is complete by December 31, 2019, you’ll receive $100 off your registration fee!

 

 


WE HAVE A DREAM . . .

That pastors and ministry leaders of the Twin Cities would pursue racial harmony by exploring our troubled past so we can move forward and fulfill our calling to oneness as the Body of Christ.

 

This intentionally multi-ethnic, experiential, and spiritual journey will allow us to hear the histories of slavery and racial segregation and take us to important places in the Civil Rights movement. Throughout the journey, we will mourn, learn, understand, repent, pray, and find hope to build bridges and stand in the gap as peacemakers.

 

Together we can be the voices that promote healing and harmony in our fractured churches, cities and nation.

WHY TRANSFORM MINNESOTA?

 


 

Transform Minnesota continually works to understand and overcome racial divisions by building relationships, promoting education and understanding, and engaging in change efforts to reduce racial disparities. Our pursuit of racial harmony is rooted in Gospel truths of reconciliation and justice, striving to come together in the Kingdom of God.

We have hosted numerous events, forums, and fostered dialogue among pastors and leaders to proclaim hope and unity. We know that by working together, greater impact can occur to overcome disparities, tension, and misconceptions to promote the Gospel.

The past 3 years, we have led groups of 30 Black and White pastors and ministry leaders on this same journey. Each participant is paired with someone of a different race throughout the four days. Our Sankofa Alumni continue to marvel at the impact this journey has had on breaking down barriers of race and establishing connections between their churches, organizations and communities.

 

TRIP INFORMATION

 

The Sankofa journey wil be on Tuesday, May 5 – Friday, May 8, 2020.

We will fly to Atlanta and immediately begin our journey by embarking on a coach bus. We will travel from Atlanta through Montgomery, Selma, Jackson, Memphis and Birmingham. We will visit civil rights landmarks, hear the histories of slavery and racial segregation, and discuss our perspectives and experiences with each other.

You will be partnered with someone of the same gender but different race to experience the journey. The days of this trip will be filled with intentional dialogue of our history, exploration into questions, visits to historical landmarks and quite a bit of walking.

All travel, lodging and itinerary logistics are managed by Transform Minnesota. Additional information about trip leaders will be announced at a later date – stay tuned!

*Please note, if you and your spouse are both planning on attending, you will not be paired together

INTEREST FORM

 

Are you interested in attending Sankofa 2020?

We want to get to know you a little better! Go ahead and fill out the form below – please note that filling out this form only expresses your interest in participating in Sankofa, it does not guarantee registration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Hailey Vreeman at hailey@transformmn.org to schedule a time to ask all of your questions.

 

FAQ

 

WHY SHOULD I GO ON SANKOFA?

As pastors and ministry leaders, we are called to be at the forefront of race relations, and we believe that this journey will significantly impact you, your ministry and your community.


WHAT IS SANKOFA?

“Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. Sankofa is a four day journey where each participant is paired with someone of a different race, where we will break down barriers of race and establish connections between churches, organizations and communities.


WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

This trip is for pastors and ministry leaders who are interested and involved in racial reconciliation, racial justice and racial repairment.


WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE TRIP?

Dates: Tuesday, May 5 – Friday, May 8


WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION COST?

Cost: $850

*The true cost for a participant to attend Sankofa is $1,200+.

* If your registration and payment by check is complete by December 31, you’ll receive $100 off your registration fee!


DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE COVER EVERYTHING INCLUDING MEALS AND SNACKS?

Yes! Your registration includes all travel, hotel stays and meals. All your meals and snacks will be taken care of by Transform MN.

Breakfasts – continental breakfasts at the hotel

Lunches – Boxed lunches from local diners or conventional sub shops

Dinners – local restaurants with various food options

We are able and happy to accommodate most common food allergies on the trip (peanuts, gluten, dairy). More extensive food restrictions may be more difficult to manage and require a further discussion. Please note food allergies in the interest form.

We encourage you to bring your own water bottle.


CAN I LEARN MORE OR TALK TO A TRANSFORM STAFF MEMBER ABOUT THE TRIP?

Absolutely! Please email Hailey Vreeman at hailey@transformmn.org to schedule a time to ask all of your questions.


CAN I SPONSOR SOMEONE TO ATTEND SANKOFA?

Of course! You can bless someone by making a donation. Please email Hailey Vreeman at hailey@transformmn.org to determine the next steps for sponsoring someone’s trip.

 

ALUMNI THOUGHTS

 

Below are personal testimonies of how Sankofa impacted pastors and their ministry.

 

I believe the way forward to racial healing and racial justice is through experiences such as this Sankofa trip. What a profound way to face the past so that we can move forward, together. What a blessing to unite Christian leaders, black and white and from every ethnicity, in deepened fellowship and renewed motivation to follow in the steps of Jesus: proclaiming good news to the poor, liberty to the captives and the oppressed, and recovery of sight to the blind (Luke 4:18).

Pastor David Lenz,  Hope Church in Richfield, MN

 

Being able to meet with and walk this journey with so many people in ministry; to have been able to have this time together to process it in community was incalculable.

Pastor David Myles, Life Group and Leader Development Pastor at New Hope Church

 

 

 

In just four days, the “lens” of my mind and heart was adjusted, barriers began to break down, and I was profoundly impacted by the honesty, courage, and grace of the team I traveled with.

Gail Gisi, Director of Adult Education and Training at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities

 

 

 

 

This kind of engagement is the bedrock that will lead to genuine change beginning in the community of faith.  Christians must first model what we believe is morally compelling for the larger society.

Dr. Charles P. Morgan is CEO of Union Gospel Mission

 

 

One of the most amazing parts of the trip was sharing this incredible experience with people from all different backgrounds. There were different races, but also different denominations, ages, etc. We went in as strangers and came out a diverse united group of brothers and sisters.

Ashley Barnd is in ministry at Evergreen Church – Bloomington

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May 5, 2020
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May 8, 2020
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