As a way of reflecting and living into the project 400 Years: Truth & Healing for the Next Seven Generations, some of us walked from Florence through Amherst, Leverett, Montague and Greenfield ending at the Connecticut riverside in Unity Park in Turners Falls, during the 3 days leading up to the virtual gathering being held on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18th.
Our Intention. We were led by the monks of New England Peace Pagoda. This walk was the first leg of the pagoda’s fifth “Listening to the Call of the Great Spirit” walk that they have held each year since 2016 – ending each year in the Mashpee Wampanoag homeland near the 1620 landing.
We stopped outdoors beside many houses of worship en route for a period of prayer and reflection together on why we are walking at this time.
The walk continues. The 2020 walk is continuing across Massachusetts, ending on Saturday, Oct. 31st in Plymouth. For more details contact Tim Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each walk below begins at 9am.
Monday, Oct. 26: Waymouth to Hingham MA
Tuesday, Oct 27: Marshfield to Duxbury MA
Wed, Oct 28: Provincetown / Cape Cod MA
Thursday, Oct 29: Taunton to Attleboro MA
Friday, Oct 30: Mystic CT to Warren RI
Saturday, Oct 31st: walk concludes going from Plimoth Plantation to the Massasoit statue in Plymouth MA.
Day One: Thursday, October 15th
- Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue in Florence: Reflections & prayers – Wendy Sinton, Sr. Clare Carter, Rabbi Riqi Kosovske (hosted by Beit Ahavah synagogue)
- Pulaski Park: Reflections & prayers by Rev. Michael McSherry, Rev. Janet Bush, Becky Jones, Rev. Andrea Ayvazian
- Prayers at Goodwin AME Zion Church
- Prayers & reflections at First Church – Rev. Vicki Kemper
- Closing prayers & reflections at Jewish Community of Amherst
Day Two: Friday, October 16th
- Reflections & prayers at Mt Toby Friends Meeting
- Leverett Congregational Church Prayers & reflections: Pastor Lee Barstow & members of congregation
- New England Peace Pagoda Prayers & reflections, lunch
- First Congregational Church of Montague Closing prayers & reflections
Day Three: Saturday, October 17th Note: plans have changed slightly for Saturday morning – see below.
- Montague Common for opening prayers (we drove to Woolman Hill)
- Prayers and reflection at Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center
- 2nd Congregational Church of Greenfield
- Episcopal Church of Saints James & Andrews – lunch provided by Stone Soup
- Temple Israel: Reflections & prayers, with Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener
- Unity Park in Turners Falls – recalling and reflecting on the 1676 massacre at Great Falls and the 2004 Reconciliation Ceremony: David Brule of Nolumbeka Project, Sr. Clare Carter, John Sheldon
Safety. There will be a support car traveling with us. We will take an easy pace walking about 2 MPH.
We practice pandemic safety for all taking part. We are socially distanced and wearing masks.
Walkers bring their own food with them and be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the walk.
“The 2020 Commemoration which is already in the planning stages on both sides of the Atlantic, definitely must not be an occasion of self congratulations…but will have to be a time of deep introspection and reflection by the society that was transplanted here on Indian land!
If this isn’t understood…then we will be losing for all our future generations the extremely vital teaching moment the Creator is giving us at these extremely troubled times we are living in.”
– Tall Oak, Elder, Historian, Pequot-Wampanoag.