Programs

Project Pilgrimage Programs

We build interracial and intergenerational community

Project Pilgrimage offers three community programs, each centered on developing, cementing, and then launching and supporting citizens as they grow into impactful leaders. Each program takes aim at preparing us to thrive in interracial and intergenerational environments.

PILGRIMAGE

The concept for a pilgrimage was conceived in the summer of 2013 and we have learned a great deal along the way. In past months and years we have spent time listening, learning and growing together as the contexts of racial justice have continued to change. We have seen the Black Lives Matter movement emerge through the hard-won lessons and the unfinished business of the civil rights movement. Our deeply divided political environment demands all of our attention and participation in continuing the work started by civil rights leaders. We as a nation are in need of dialogue and understanding and we are fully committed to doing all we can to effect change.

Due to demand and interest in the pilgrimages, participation is a selective and intentional process. We are looking to include a broad range of folks with these characteristics in mind:

  • A fundamental desire to study the arc of the Black American freedom struggle
  • A clear, determined commitment to racial and social justice
  • A belief in the value and essentiality of cross-racial relationship-building
  • A collective full investment in all aspects of the experience
  • Diversity across racial, age, gender, and economic standings

For dates and more information about our pilgrimage, please see the Pilgrimage page.

PARSE

/pärs/
verb
  1. to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
  2. to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning

PARSE is a podcast club about race in the United States that began in 2018 with a small group of people who wanted to get together and have productive, brave, and even fun discussion about issues like reparations, whiteness, and Beyoncé. What does PARSE stand for?

Podcasts Against Racism Supporting Equity

PARSE is an alternative to book clubs which are terrific fun AND can sometimes a significant investment of time. Podcasts generally last about an hour and can be consumed while accomplishing your household chores, workout, or commute.

The word parse is a verb. Our PARSE will also be a verb, meaning you will be very invited to contribute to the conversation. You are also encouraged to actively listen with intention and mindfulness. Whether contributing, listening, or turning our conversation into action in our community, be assured PARSE has been and will always be a verb.

Details. PARSE will convene on the second Tuesday of each month at 5pm. A podcast and theme will be assigned a couple weeks ahead of time. The podcast will cover the theme and there will be optional supplemental materials, if you choose to go deeper. Our conversations will last roughly an hour or two. Here is a preview of the next few PARSE themes.

June: Coronavirus is magnifying structural violence in the United States.
July: Our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama
August: This Is Us: Northwest history is our history
September: 401 years and 1 Pulitzer Prize – The 1619 Project

 

If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up here: PARSE. Once you sign up, you’ll receive more details about PARSE. We look forward to seeing you.

BREAKING BREAD

Radical Community for Radical Times

Food naturally brings people together and we can think of no better setting to take on local issues of race and identity than over a shared meal. We are all about bridging differences, creating paths to connect, and creating conversation that both engages and challenges us to better know ourselves and our neighbors. Join us for Breaking Bread, where we share our stories, listen and engage.

We are all about dialogue! We are all about widening the circle! Whether you have room at your dinner table for 4 or 14 we know that the conversation there will be rich, surprising, inspiring – probably like nothing you have ever engaged in before.

At Project Pilgrimage we love to create community, to hold conversations with all kinds of people, to ask questions and hear your thoughts. Contact us now to host a dinner around your table, we’ll be there every step of the way.

Come be a part of this radical community act, send us a note if you would like to host a Breaking Bread dinner; team@projectpilgrimage.org

For more information, please visit the Breaking Bread page.