September 22, 2018
All are invited to join the Beloved Community: Commission for Racial Reconciliation on September 22 for a Diocese of Tennessee pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum. The Beloved Community has chartered two 56 passenger buses. Another group of people plan on driving down in individual cars and/or can provide carpools. The Beloved Community will reserve tickets for all who register. When the bus seats fill up, all others will attend via carpools.
5:30 a.m.-5:45 a.m. Gather in Parking Lot of
Church of the Advent, 5501 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220
6:00 a.m. Leave Nashville
10:00 a.m. Arrive Montgomery/National Memorial and Museum
10:30 a.m. Tour Memorial
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch at Riverside Park
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Tour Museum
4:30pm Leave Montgomery
6pm Catered dinner at Saint Stephan’s Church, Birmingham
7pm Resume return to Nashville
9pm Arrive Nashville, Church of the Advent parking lot
Can you tell more a little more about itinerary?
We will leave promptly at 6am from Church of the Advent, so please arrive earlier than that to be ready to get on the bus. Arriving in Montgomery at 10am, we’ll get off the bus and visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice first as the morning hours are cooler.
After we have all gone through the Memorial, we will get back on the bus and in cars and head over to Riverside Park. There we will enjoy lunch as a group. A boxed lunch will be provided to all who register at a minimal cost thanks to a gift from the The Deane Foundation.
At 1:30 we will get on the bus and head back to The Legacy Museum. Our entrance time for the Museum will be 2pm, and you will be asked to go through a security checkpoint.
After touring the Museum, we will get back on the bus at 4pm and travel to Birmingham where Saint Stephen’s has generously accepted our request to use their parish hall for a catered dinner. Dinner will include grilled lemon and rosemary chicken, mixed green salad, roasted seasonal vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, rolls, tea and oatmeal, raisin and chocolate chip cookies and is catered by Tre Luna. (If you are vegetarian, you’ll have the chance to indicate this on the registration page, and we will also note this for lunches.) Dinner is open to all who go on the pilgrimage, but you must register for it, being aware that even if you are driving you will also be contributing to the cleaning fee Saint Stephen’s charges. We chose to pay this cleaning fee because after a long day, we know no one will be in the mood to clean up after a dinner for over 100 people and sweep a large parish hall!
Dinner will conclude at 7pm, at which time we’ll get back on the bus and return to Nashville. We plan to arrive around 9pm at Church of the Advent.
How do I register?
Beginning August 1, registration for the pilgrimage will open in the link provided at the bottom of this announcement. As there are many details involved with the planning of this trip, please review all the information below so that you can register easily with a full understanding of the logistics and costs. Remember that there are only 112 bus seats, but car drivers/riders will join us. Registration for the pilgrimage closes September 7 at 5pm. All checks must arrive at the Diocesan office by September 7 as well. There are plans afoot to make another pilgrimage of this kind next year, so if you miss this trip there will likely be another opportunity.
What are the costs?
• Bus seat $23 (the Beloved Community is underwriting half the cost of the two buses to make this journey more affordable to everyone in the diocese)
• Driver Tip $2
• Admission $10
• Boxed lunch $5 (a large portion of our lunch is generously paid for by a gift from The Deane Foundation)
• Dinner $12
• St. Stephen’s Cleaning Fee $3
What is the total cost? Well, that depends on you.
• If you go via bus, your total cost will be $55.
• If you go via carpool and plan on eating dinner with the bus riders, your total cost will be $30. (You may also chip in on gas, but that is up to your carpool group and driver.)
• If you go via carpool and plan on finding your own dinner, your total cost will be $15.
What should I bring with me?
• Walking shoes
• Cool clothes since Montgomery is hot, even in late September, plus a sweater just in case.
• Sun gear, as we will tour the memorial, which is outside and then have lunch at Riverside Park, also outside.
• Things you may need to make the bus ride comfortable.
• An open mind and a prayerful heart.
What accommodations does the bus have?
• Wifi & USB outlets for wifi
• Overhead storage and under the bus storage
• Reclining seats
• DVD player, which we may use
Please note: there are no seat belts, so the bus cannot accommodate car seats of any kind.
To register online click here.