A Journey Toward Racial Righteousness

Sankofa is a word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. It means San (to return), ko (to go) fa (to fetch, seek, and take). The bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back embodies Sankofa’s meaning. Sankofa attests that we must look backwards (into our history), before we can faithfully move forward together, in the present and future. The Sankofa experience does just this, by exploring historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement, connecting the freedom struggle of the past, to our present realities.

Sankofa is an invitation to understand race as a critical component of our Christian discipleship. It is an interactive, spiritual formation, pilgrimage that equips Christians to pursue racial righteousness inside and outside the church. This relational journey traces the history of race in the U.S., and tangibly equips believers to begin living into the church’s mission to be ambassadors of reconciliation.

Thank you for your interest in the Sankofa Journey! The Sankofa: October 3-6 trip is at capacity, and registration is now CLOSED. We often have openings become available a few months before the trip. To add your name to our waitlist for the October journey, please email

For those who have already registered and have not completed their payment ($200 deposit was due June 1st), Click here to pay online or mail a check to:

The Evangelical Covenant Church
Attn: Love Mercy Do Justice
8303 W Higgins Rd
Chicago, IL 60631

Sankofa registration cost:
$450 for participants from Covenant churches
$525 for participants from non-Covenant churches

Questions? Email or call 773-596-2489