Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is an Episcopal Church film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  A small group is invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

The series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and endorsed by the General Convention as the Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

In the fall of 2023 St. Peter’s will be offering the series on the zoom platform only, Tuesdays from 7pm to 8:30pm, beginning on September 26.  It is a challenging program that includes reading materials and viewing videos as well as taking part in frank an honest discussions, all led by trained facilitators.  Father David will be one of the participants and encourages other parishioners to join him in the class.

There are two optional books for the class:  Waking Up White and Jesus for the Disinherited.

Link to Episcopal Church's Sacred Ground Website

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/

Schedule of Sessions

All classes begin at 7pm on Zoom

September 26

October 3

October 17

October 24

November 17

November 28

 

 

Facilitators Information

Sandi Richards served as a lifelong educator and advocate for young people. She is deeply grateful to have participated in the Sacred Ground journey where she gained a fuller understanding of the historic intersection between race and faith, experienced the power of our shared stories, and felt reverence and inspiration each time our group gathered.

Tony Holland is a Villanova University Business School, Executive coach and UNITAS Diversity Equity and Inclusion consultant. Tony is a husband, father and passionate community youth program advocate for the Xprize.org and the Inner Strength (Mindfulness and Systems Thinking) Education Foundation. Tony participated in the Sacred Ground program and found that the small group conversations offered valuable opportunities for him to deepen his understanding, foster empathy, and promote meaningful conversations about race, all within a supportive and reflective environment. The course helped Tony to engage with the complex topic of race in a way that was informed, respectful, and conducive to personal growth and societal change.

James Barnes is retired from a career in finance and teaching innovation. He and his wife found attending Sacred Ground to be transformative, and he finds facilitating the program offers continued learning from participants which he describes as being profound.

Click below for an introductory video from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

How to Connect:

Contact Father David to receive a zoom link:  410-742-5118 davidm@stpeterschurch.net.