Sankofa

We invite you to go on Sankofa with us!  Sankofa is a pilgrimage in which you and a partner will connect over shared experiences dealing with systemic racism, social justice, and the response from the Church.  The experiences on the trip will challenge you  to go deeper within your understanding of what it means to be Christian and how we relate to each other.

*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 of the 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.  Participants will visit historical sites and museums to discuss content related to the focus of the trip.  Sharing personal experiences as well as insights is highly encouraged.

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 are also encouraged.  However, the main goal is for the partner groups to not separate during the experience.

Your Sankofa journey does not have to wait.  Visit the Resource Library to access a dynamic reading list, engage with audio/video content, plan an outing from the list of sites, and enjoy the arts and performances curated by volunteers.