2023 JPC Learn and Serve Immersive Engagement

Students with Dr. John Perkins at Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi.

Summer 2023 JPC Justice Pilgrimage

June 21–26, 2023


We will be returning to visit our partners at the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation in Mississippi on the Perkins Justice Pilgrimage from Wednesday–Monday, June 21–26, 2023. We will spend time in Jackson, Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery. Highlights from last year’s pilgrimage included:

  • Walking across Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma)
  • Visiting the EJI Legacy Museum and Memorial
  • Attending 16th St. Baptist Church (Birmingham) and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (Jackson)
  • Participating in different reflections and devotions from various leaders including Dr. John Perkins, Ron Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, and Dolphus Weary.

We estimate costs to be around $1,800 total, with $1,200 for accommodations and $600 for flights.

Applications are due by March 10. Some scholarships may be provided for undergraduate students. APPLY TODAY!

Pilgrimage 2022 Write-Up

Two themes stuck out from our June 2022 trip. One was the idea of proximity as highlighted by Dr. John Perkins’ Christian Community Development principle, Relocation. We learned how to listen, inquire, share, and build relationships while sharing our stories with one another throughout the trip. The other theme throughout our trip was “One More River to Cross,” a reflection of the oppression God has delivered us from, and providential discernment of how God is calling us to address justice moving forwards.

Our facilitators talked about the journey from Slavery to Freedom that ties African American History to the story of God's people in Exodus, and the rebuilding of community development reflections from Nehemiah. Overall, this was an incredibly impactful trip as we got to bond with each other, gain relationship with Miss Elizabeth Perkins and our partners at the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, learn more about the Civil Rights movement, participate in devotionals, and be deeply encouraged and empowered by the previous generations of leaders to mobilize in our own generation. We hope to continue facilitating important trips like these as we engage with community partners, form young leaders, and embody reconciliation.


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