We have so many incredible stops on our pilgrimage journey, but it is always a little like coming home when we visit Willie Thorton, his family and the congregation at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL. When our big bus arrives they are always in the parking lot waiting to greet each and every one of us with a big hug. Anyone who has joined us on the pilgrimage experience knows the drill. We arrive to an outpouring of love and are then immediately filed into the church basement to begin our choir practice. Read More

Our groups have had the opportunity to delve into a rich history of the American south. We have seen some of the most beautiful displays of community and leadership, heard some incredible voices of hope and courage, and visited some of the darkest corners of our country’s history. Travelling on the civil rights pilgrimage in an immersive learning experience is truly one of a kind. But from the beginning of these journeys we have held close to the understanding that the change, transformation and understanding we seek must be found in our own communities, when we come home. Yes, the south has a glaring history and a present reality of racial injustice, but Seattle is not, and never has been, exempt from the deep roots of racism. Read More

Project Pilgrimage is such an incredible program largely because of its organic nature. The program, started just a few short years ago, has had the opportunity to grow in many different directions while staying rooted in our mission. One of our most recent developments has been the creation of our Community Partnerships program. Read More

In times of trouble, nonviolence is a guiding light towards justice.

How to implement nonviolence, and the principles of nonviolence is something everyone can learn.  In this workshop, we looked at how the ideas of nonviolence can be applied personal, professional, and politically in our own lives.  Hearing the Lafayette’s share their incredible stories empowered us and inspired deep, meaningful conversations on the applications of nonviolence in the modern age.

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