The Pilgrimage to Healing and Hope Continues…
The Charleston District of the United Methodist Church invites all United Methodists to continue our pilgrimage to healing and hope. What began our journey in 2015 at South Carolina State University, the site of the 1963 Orangeburg Massacre. The journey continues in 2016 in Charleston at the site of the Mother Emanuel Massacre. On June 17, 2015 a lone gunman bent on starting a race war enter Mother Emanuel AME Church during Wednesday night Bible Study and murdered 9 saints, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
On June 30, 2016, 6:00 p.m., the Charleston District of the United Methodist Church, will set out on a pilgrimage of reflection and remembrance.
- The pilgrimage will begin at the site of the International African American Museum (IAAM), where enslaved Africans were brought to begin over 200 years in bondage
- Then the procession will proceed to Mother Emanuel AME Church (pause for reflections), the oldest AME congregation in the South and the site of the June 17, 2016 Massacre.
- Then the procession will proceed to Trinity UMC (pause for reflections),
- Finally, the processional will journey to the Centenary UMC, the terminating point of the pilgrimage. Centenary UMC is an African American congregation of the UMC.
At Centenary UMC, the Charleston District will host a fellowship and conversation about the pain and sin of racism that continues to exist in Charleston, South Carolina, and the United States.