On Saturday, June 13 at 11 am, you are invited to join other Pilgrims for a visit to Historic Stagville. Historic Stagville comprises the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. The plantations belonged to the Bennehan-Cameron family, whose combined holdings totaled approximately 900 slaves and almost 30,000 acres of land by 1860. Stagville offers a view of the past, especially that of its African American community, by allowing visitors to guide themselves around its extensive grounds.
Congratulations to this year’s confirmands: Christopher Chaves, G Frybarger, Bennett King and Marec Marhoul! We are grateful to have witnessed this special part of your journey, and to continue with you.
Then join us in the Community Room at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings through May for conversations about the history, theology, polity, and ministry of the United Church of Christ. If you don’t know what polity means, you will soon. BYO coffee and questions!
See, I set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, by loving Yahweh, your God, by obeying God’s voice, and by holding fast to Yahweh; for that means life to you and length of days… — Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a
One of my favorite biblical passages is Deuteronomy 30, God’s urging the people of Israel to choose life. On the edge of the promised land, Moses reminds the gathered community of their long journey to this place, calling them to renew their covenant with Yahweh, to choose again the way of life while they are on the threshold of possibility. I don’t imagine Moses speaking these words to the people of Israel like protesters have been known to shout them at women painfully navigating the difficult and vulnerable terrain of unintended pregnancy.
by Mandy Mizelle
When we originally began planning the Women’s Retreat around Native spirituality, we were specifically thinking about Native American spiritual practices. In the months leading up to the retreat, Ginger and I reached out to several Native American tribes, organizations, and spiritual elders as we sought women to lead our time together at the beach. We were connected to many wonderful people and places across the state and even the country, but one by one they did not work out.
For those of us who will miss the Pilgrim Women’s Retreat at Fort Caswell, there will be a mini-retreat here at Pilgrim to connect us to the larger group. Please join us on February 28th from 10:30-12. If you like, bring a reading or object you’d like to share: Poetry, Short Stories, Art, Photos, Music. (Consider following the Native American theme of the Women’s Retreat.) We will close with a guided meditation.
Growing out of last year’s theme of “Rest and Restoration”, our love of nature, and our longing for peace and calm, this year’s retreat will explore practices of Native spirituality along the Christian journey.
Registration forms are available beside Mandy’s office. If you plan to attend, please turn in your registration as soon as you can. Space is filling (although we will always make enough room for all)!
They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not troubled, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
— Jeremiah 17:8
by Mandy Mizelle
For the first 17 years of my life, I lived in the same one-level brick house. (Impressively, we managed to change addresses, anyway: when I was about 10, our “Route” finally got a real street name. A few years later, we got a real Wal-Mart.)
Over the next 13 years, I moved 13 times.