In the 1600’s two groups of people in England sat around kitchen tables, fireplaces, pubs, and churches and began to wonder aloud if staying in England was going to bring them the greatest chance of liberty and a better way of life. I suspect we all learned during our education that in December 1606, one hundred and forty four people boarded the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery and in September 1620, one hundred people including a group referred to as pilgrims boarded the Mayflower to sail west to the promise of religious liberty and/or a better way of life. We may not remember these specifics that clearly, but at some point, we were all exposed to these historic facts. Try to put yourself in their shoes; imagine both the fear and excitement they felt about traveling across a dangerous ocean in less than optimal conditions for four months to arrive at an uncertain and perhaps even dangerous destiny. What motivated them to take such a tremendous risk?