Mission & Vision
“. . . people live in stories that structure their world.” For this reason, “Whoever can give their people better stories than the ones they live in is like the priest in whose hands common bread and wine become capable of feeding the very soul, and they may think of forging in some invisible smithy the uncreated conscience of their race.”
(Italics reflect change in pronoun he to Hugh Kenner in The Pound Era p39)
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will glorify the hunter”
(African proverb made popular by Chinua Achebe in a 1994 The Paris Review interview)
To help foster a movement that humanizes the self and others through an accurate retelling and reenacting of the stories that have shaped us as a nation and people. SankofaNow seeks to help us reclaim and affirm our common humanity by creating a protected and safe truth-telling space where history and context can be presented, examined, discussed, confronted, and personalized so that healing can begin. In practice, we seek to promote racial healing, hope, and unity through transformative, experiential learning and intergroup dialogue in grace-filled, truth-telling, people-affirming spaces.
To awaken the Christian community and all people of goodwill to our mandate of reconciling the world to God.