You are invited to apply to be a part of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage—a sacred journey through the story of struggle and progress that is racial justice.

This pilgrimage is being curated to bring together a diverse group of NJ high school students committed to journeying together toward an understanding of racial justice in our country and in our lives.

Imagine boarding a bus with a diverse group of other students to embark on a journey through the places of our country’s most significant civil rights’ events, to meet the people that made equality happen, and with those who continue the work in some of the most challenging spaces. Imagine walking the grounds where middle and high school students held hands and protected each other from attack dogs and fire hoses and took bold steps forward toward their own and each other’s freedom.

Imagine sharing your heart and listening to the hearts of other students; struggling, listening, changing, standing up, holding on, and moving forward.

That is what the Civil Rights Pilgrimage is all about and you are invited to join this journey.

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, thanks to a generous grant from the General Commission on Race and Religion, is sponsoring this pilgrimage for 15 high school students from our conference.

What It involves:
You’ll get together monthly as a group – some will be in-person gatherings, some will be online. You’ll be given writings by some of the leading thinkers on race and civil rights to read and discuss together.

November 8-11, 2018:
During the Teacher’s Convention break, you will travel to Washington, DC for some in-depth training.

June 22 – 29, 2019:
We will embark on a pilgrimage through the southeast (Atlanta, Birmingham, Jackson, Selma, Montgomery) to let the places and stories teach, move, and inspire us.

When you return, you’ll be supported in your own efforts to bring about justice in your school or community.

How to Apply:

  • Application is now closed.
  • Notification of acceptances will be sent by August 13, 2018.
  • We will begin our journey together in September 2018.

Are you ready to begin a journey that will prepare you to be the new justice leader we so desperately need now? Our hope is that through pilgrimage, we will build an understanding of racial justice which will help us form a commitment to equality and justice and from that, actions that move us into deep justice work.

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