Friday, July 17, 2015

Diocesan Groups Plan How to Continue as They Return Home

Today is the last full day of Freedom Ride 2015 and there is much excitement about how we can continue to spread our message of love and hope. Each Diocese that is represented is planning ways in which they can continue this process of reconciliation when they return home.

The Youth and College Division of the NAACP has joined us today for lunch and a discussion about the issues they are working on, including the Moral Monday protests.
Presiding Bishop Elect Bishop Curry with the Diocesan Group from South West Virginia

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Freedom Ride Rocks Down with Music by The Beast

Thursday's Morning Reflection

Freedom Ride at Stagville, NC

 Today, the group went through a 'media museum.' There were displays and videos playing about various social issues. They were able to respond to the images, think about topics we have not covered, and we had speakers at the end. The topics covered were undocumented immigration, Islamaphobia, poverty, sexism, and homophobia.

The response was so powerful that various people shared their own personal stories, experiences, and struggles.

On some of the displays were commonly heard offensive terms and comments. Here we have some of the responses from the participants regarding the comment, "They're taking our jobs!"

We ended the videos by playing a video with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We looked at oppression and through the Archbishop, we saw reconciliation and hope.

Following this, there was some music and the participants were thrilled to play as well. These youths have so much talent!

Freedom Ride goes to Stagville, Workshop with Mike Wiley and Eucharist with Bishop Curry

Yesterday we went to Stagville. Before we left, we spent 15 minutes praying, writing, and drawing pictures as a prayer in color. We spent a little time before that reading and listening to the stories that the slaves told. I drew a bird in watercolor pencils that was supposed to represent how it might be chained down but it's voice is free. I was praying for those who suffered and that their voices may never be silenced.
- Michelle Kane

yesterday it was really touching for me. I got to see where the enslaved people
were put and, heard how they lived their life and more. I really feel bad for them. i love freedom ride because I'm learning / seeing so many things that i didn't get to learn well in school. This was a great idea to come here.
- Ana Linares

Yesterday was my first time listening to one of Micheal Currey's sermons in person, and it was amazing. Bishop Currey is so lively in engaging the crowd and really bringing his message to life. It soon became very obvious why everyone was saying that they thought he would be the next presiding bishop, because after a very intense day of looking back at the heart of slavery he was able to enlighten everyone in the pews and make them smile.

-Kevin Brig

Yesterday I listened to Bishop Curry preach for the first time and it was very good. To be able to enter into the slaves home was amazing. it was very cool to see the old slave houses, and then the updated Hart house. I loved learning about them and this trip is very fun so far.
-Josh Keaton

I think that the most powerful thing about yesterday was historic Stagville. There, we learned of the tragedy the enslaved people endured there. (NF)

This morning Freedom Ride participants sang "Bless the Lord my Soul," as they walked to worship. The Lord has blessed each and every one of this group. Following worship the group has come back together for a time of sharing. Team members and participants are sharing stories that are close to their hearts. Stories that inspire and help us understand one another better.

Each and every one of us should examine where  and what our prejudices are and then make a plan to combat that by finding people who we can befriend and break down the walls the separate us. When we are able to see the face of God in each other, barriers are broken and the walls fall down.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday Photos from Freedom Ride

Today our group traveled to Greensboro to visit the International Civil Rights Museum.  We were blessed to have a number of individuals who had fought so hard for Civil Rights join us for the day. Joseph McNeil, one of the four AT&T students to sit at the Woolworth counters as an act of civil disobedience. Lewis Brandon joined the protest the second day along with many other students, even girls from Bennett College.

Joseph McNeil and Reev

Lewis Brandon and Beverly McNeill

Mike Wiley and Michelle Lanier

We took an adventure to the International Civil Rights Museum and explored new things


I had the honor to meet an icon Mr Joseph McNeil one of the four members who started the sit inns at f.w Woolworth in North Carolina. Meeting Mr. McNeil in person was an amazing experience, hearing his story really touched me and inspired me.

Millicent Brown
Joseph McNeil