“The object of pilgrimage is not rest and recreation – to get away from it all. To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to everyday life.
Pilgrimage is a spiritual exercise, an act of devotion to find a source of healing, or even to perform a penance. Always, it is a journey of risk and renewal. For a journey without challenge has no meaning; one without purpose has no soul.”
—Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage, 1998
The Beloved Community Initiative invites you on a pilgrimage toward wholeness. It is a pilgrimage exploring Iowa’s role in the Underground Railroad in the 1840s-1850s. Iowa, admitted to the Union as a free state, borders Missouri, a state practicing the enslavement of people based on their skin color. Many enslaved people, “freedom seekers” chose to flee their enslavement and headed north. Salem, Iowa, about 20 miles from the Missouri border, was settled by Quakers and became an active stop on the Underground Railroad. Our pilgrimage will begin in Iowa City in the Beloved Community Initiative gathering space at Old Brick. The African American Museum of Iowa will help us understand the context of the time and information about slavery as well as an overview of the whole system of the Underground Railroad (UGRR). Traveling to and spending time in Salem at the Lewelling House, a recognized and documented station on the UGRR, will draw us into a deeper understanding of enslavement and our human, as well as Christian, responsibility to seek freedom for all. There will be time for questions, time for quiet reflection, time for prayers and time for conversation.
This first pilgrimage offered by the Beloved Community Initiative is designed for members of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa.
Our pilgrimage route begins on Saturday April 13 in Iowa City, travels to Salem, overnights in Keosauqua, and returns to Iowa City on Sunday April 14. We will stay at the Hotel Manning in Keosauqua which sits on the Des Moines River, and often saw freedom seekers cross the river on their way to Salem. On Sunday morning, we will observe Palm Sunday together in a reflective Eucharist at the Hotel Manning. Since we are limiting our pilgrimage to 12 pilgrims, we have the opportunity of traveling together in one van.
Dates of pilgrimage: Saturday April 13, 2019 to Sunday April 14, 2019
Gather at Beloved Community Initiative room in Old Brick in Iowa City at 8:30am and plan to be on the road by 10:00. Return will be mid afternoon on Sunday April 14.
Registration fee: $70 Covers van, 2 meals, snacks and honorariums
Hotel reservations: Pilgrims make their own hotel reservations at Hotel Manning http://showcase.netins.net/web/manning/
Rooms vary in price: Ensuite rooms in the old hotel are $115 and newer motel type rooms begin at $65. (link for reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-293-3232) It is advisable to call to ensure the room type desired.
Meals: Pilgrims are responsible for 2 lunch meals on this trip, one in Salem and one in Bonaparte, IA. Dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are provided in registration fee. Any alcohol beverage is individual responsibility.
Participants: the pilgrimage is limited to 12 people. Your guides are four people from Beloved Community Initiative, Meg Wagner, Susanne Watson Epting, Lisa Covington, and Ellen Bruckner.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com
Deadline for reservations: April 1, 2019
In this day of work together—part retreat and part workshop—we will work to understand anti-racist practice as a spiritually formative practice that can strengthen our multi-racial, multi-religious justice work in personal and communal ways.
In August of 2014, the Great March for Climate Action came through Iowa City during its 3,100-mile march across America. Ed Fallon, a former Iowa lawmaker and director of the 2014 March, wrote a just-released memoir about the experience: MARCHER, WALKER, PILGRIM.
(Learn more at www.boldiowa.com/marcher-walker-pilgrim.)
Ed will discuss the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
On the 3,100-mile, 8-month walk from LA to DC in 2014, dozens of marchers became a mobile village — weathering harsh conditions, sharing joys and sorrows, and intensifying their commitment to the cause as they sounded the alarm about the climate crisis.
Through humor and candid introspection, Ed shares his experience on the March and how it brought into focus his lifelong search for love and meaning -- even as intense, interpersonal dramas threatened to tear the March community apart.
We invite you to a day of learning about the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.”
In the Doctrine of Discovery we find the roots of injustice. In the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we find the seeds of change. How can we nurture those seeds to bring forth the fruits of right relationship with all peoples?
This workshop is open to all people, high school age or older. There is no fee to attend the program but pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Participants will become those who will lead trainings in various congregations throughout the Diocese. The training will be open to a maximum of 10 people deeply committed to an extended process as we move the congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa to begin dismantling racism. Those interested in participating in this track must complete an application and commit to six subsequent monthly webinars.
Please join us on the evening of April 19, 6–9 p.m., at Old Brick Church to celebrate the successes of FasTrac students and learn more about FasTrac's work in the community. A variety of engaging speakers and entertainment is planned.
This day-long retreat offers space for slowing down, feeling and connecting with empathy. It is for those who are moved to provide a collective response to the damage that racism causes. It is for those who are moved to provide a collective response to the damage that racism causes.
Please join us to watch the video: White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversation and stay for the discussion afterwards. The discussion will be facilitated by Annie Tucker, who was involved in the production of the video.