A freedom ride through the heart of the black South

(RNS) I only signed up for this trip because it had vacation and getaway all over it.

Pastoring is an exhaustive undertaking and you can burn out quickly. So I jumped at the opportunity for a seat on the bus offered through New York Theological Seminary’s 10th anniversary “Going Home: Civil Rights & Southern Religion Journey.”

But what initially felt like the early moments of a slumber party quickly turned somber. This would be a serious trip, trekking through the “holy grounds” of slavery, Reconstruction and the civil rights movement, the organizers said at an orientation session.

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