"For all of us this was an amazing, life changing experience"
"I now realise God has a plan for me"
"The pilgrimage was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I am confident it was my first step in my journey towards becoming the person that I am today"
"I feel this opportunity has changed my life and given me more confidence to want to share my faith with others and in particular those younger than myself who are coming to develop their faith and walk with God."
Triangle of Hope brings together three dioceses -Virginia (USA), Liverpool and Kumasi (Ghana), involved in the slave trade. The project is committed to learning from the past and combatting modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
The First Youth Pilgrimage began in 2011 bringing together over twenty young people ages between 14 and 16 from parishes across Huyton Deanery in the Diocese of Liverpool.
A Youth Pilgrimage takes place on a rolling basis which runs for 2 years. Youth learn together, pray together, forge lasting relationships, take part in community service together and visit each other’s settings. The key purpose of the Pilgrimage is to nurture their personal development and grow and connect their faith both to history and today’s world.
The Youth Pilgrims meet on a monthly basis to forge lasting relationships through Team Building Exercises. Pilgrims learn about our historic slave trading links and how they can be open to Gods equipping a leading in today's world, challenging the many contemporary forms of slavery which exist today.
The youth pilgrims come together to discuss the importance of what the world is like today by exploring those issues which destroy and divide us, particularly racism and talking about human trafficking. We focus on faith exploration and who we are in gods eyes, especially focusing on what we can do to make a difference in the world. The Youth Pilgrims set Goals and Achievements within the first 3 months of there time as Youth Pilgrims focusing on what they would like to achieve by the end of there 2 year journey together. They also write letters to there future self, focusing on what they would like to have achieved from this experience.
Sessions involving the Liverpool Transatlantic Slave Trade, talking and looking at video content on how Racism led to the slavery of over 12 million people from West Africa, involving a perilous journey in boats across the Atlantic, sold for goods and services which literally built our city. The group visited the National Slavery Museum as part of there time together and what we are doing today, Triangle of Hope. We work together in making an Itinerary for when both groups join together. The Youth Pilgrims took part in Workshops focusing on Worship, particularly developing skills in delivering worship during our time together and Fundraising, focusing on planning fundraising events together and individual fundraising goals in there own churches. During this time together before the group from Virginia arrived in Liverpool, we continue to forge the link overseas through Skype Calls and Facebook Group.
Youth Pilgrims took part in a Team building weekend away in Aberdovey, Wales. This is an amazing opportunity to experience new challenges, overcome fears, learn new skills, create friendships with others and grow in faith with one another praying for the future and opportunities ahead of them.
In Liverpool, Youth Pilgrims visited Liverpool Cathedrals, St. Asaph Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, plan and delivered assemblies in both primary and secondary schools across Huyton Deanery and Community Mission Projects including speaking at lunch clubs and events in our there churches. They worked on various community projects and design and delivered assemblies on themes such as self-awareness and anti-bullying.
In Virginia, they visited the White House, and meet some of the US decision makers, as well as working in a soup kitchen before finally joining a youth camp near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shrine Mont, where the Diocese of Virginia has its wonderful open air cathedral.
At the end of this two year journey the young people opened there letters they wrote to themselves in the first three months of there journey. "Watching people’s reactions whiles they were opening their letters was a moving experience, people where very emotional as they could see for themselves how far they had come".
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