Description: This is an invitation to you and anyone from your congregation that is interested in visiting historical sites and museums to discuss Civil Rights and contemporary issues as well as, race relations within the church and connected communities.
Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to "Go back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."
The Vineyard’s Sankofa Journey will involve taking a history trip within the southern part United States to focus on key events that shaped the country we live in. Civil Rights and contemporary issues will be used as learning modules and the focus will be on race relations within the church and connected communities. The participants will visit historical sites and museums to discuss content that will be related to the focus of the trip. Sharing personal experiences as well as insights are highly encouraged.
Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores
COST: $18.00 List Price
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
COST: $17.00 List Price
There will be partners of two who will share the Sankofa experience together. The goal for the trip is to have 40 participants in partnered groups of 2 people per group. Discussions that involve partner groups coming together is also encouraged. However, the main goal is for the partner groups to not separate during the experience.
Participants are encouraged to seek out their partners or partners can be chosen by the Sankofa committee. All partnerships will be must be approved by the Sankofa committee. The base criteria for choosing a partner is simple: the participant will be paired with a partner who is, considered to be, in a different ‘race’ (e.g. a ‘white’ person is paired with a ‘black’ person). The aim is for both participants to engage in perspectives that may be different than their own.
During the month of February, the partners connect at least once per week over the first three weeks. This can be done over sharing a meal, skyping, or phone call. The discussion can happen organically but reading materials and information packets will also be provided. The history trip will take place from Thursday evening, February 27th thru Sunday March 1.
The sites will not be officially revealed until we get closer to the trip. However, here are the states that are planned for visitation:
Cost: $255, a $155 deposit is due by October 1, 2019 and registration closes by January 15, 2020
(Vineyard Pastors: We will cover $50.00 of your registration to help make the journey more affordable for you.)
Contact Pastor Brian Metzger for more information
Description: Creating Evangelistic Environments, Recruiting and Raising up Diverse Candidates, and How to Lead an Effective Ministry Time.
Participants will also receive follow-up at 30 and 60 days after the conference that includes more information and recommended resources from the Skill Sessions they attended.
Faithwalking Pre-conference Sessions
Join the conference early on Monday and Tuesday to take Faithwalking 101. The Faithwalking retreat is an experience that helps us dive into our journey of personal transformation. Faithwalking helps us look at times and places in our lives that have shaped us and still affect us years later. As we grow in self-awareness we can learn to turn off some of the automatic responses that lead to fear, anger, habitual sin, anxiety, and so much more. Learning that we've developed self-protection as a way to feel safe in so many situations, allows us the opportunity to trust God more.
Faithwalking is open to anyone who is interested.
Learn more at http://mvsummit.org/faithwalking.
January 14-16, 2020
Mountainbrook Church - 1775 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Main Session Speakers
Renee Cunningham - Campus Pastor, Neighborhood Vineyard, Chicago, IL
Charles Montgomery - East Campus Pastor for the Columbus Vineyard, Pickerington, OH
Ralph Moore - Founder of Hope Chapel Movement