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Sacred Ground: New dialogue series from The Episcopal Church exploring race and faith

February 22, 2019
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Available now, Sacred Ground is a film- and reading-based dialogue series on race and faith. Participants will walk together through America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in the threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. It’s an invitation for small groups to gather to learn, share, and prepare to become Beloved Community.

Built around a curriculum of powerful documentary films, videos, and readings, this 10-part series considers some of the major chapters of the United States of America’s history of race and racism. It focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to challenges and divides in the present day – all with a deep foundation in faith and love.

Sacred Ground is a time and opportunity to hear the story of our past with regard to race, to hear our stories of our pasts,” said The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. “By listening to those stories and hearing them, and then telling our own stories together, and then looking possibly at the stories of our very faith, somehow, from the travail and the reality of all of those stories may emerge hope for a new day.”

Created by Katrina Browne, producer and director of the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, this small group resource is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. Sacred Ground is especially targeted to help white people talk with each other about racism past and present, their own racial identity, and the interwoven issues of class, region, and ideology.

“I’m excited to share some powerful, thought-provoking films and readings with groups eager to take next steps on this collective journey,” said Browne. “I’m convinced that dialogue, especially among white people, can be a key, healthy step on the road to transformation.”

The Dioceses of Fond du Lac, Iowa, Rhode Island, Southern Ohio, and Southwestern Virginia, as well as The Episcopal Church in Mississippi, are among those that have already expressed interest in sharing the word about Sacred Ground and encouraging congregations to form dialogue circles. Click here for additional information about Sacred Ground and to sign up to receive additional resources.  Information about Becoming Beloved Community is available here.