Sacred Ground: A dialogue series on race, grounded in faith

August 01, 2019
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Hosted by Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Facilitated by the Diocesan Dismantling Racism Commission

About the program: 
Sacred Ground is a film- and reading-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are 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 10-part 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, the Episcopal Church's long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice in our personal lives, our ministries and our society.

The series is open to all. 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.

This series was developed by Katrina Browne, producer/director of the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Browne is a lifelong Episcopalian who is dedicated to racial justice and healing.

The Schedule:
(all meetings at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 9 S. Bompart Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119)

  • Sunday, Sept. 22 / 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 5 / 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 / 1 - 5 p.m.

What to Expect: 
Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. We will watch documentaries and other videos, read articles, and engage in thoughtful discussion.

We encourage everyone who signs up for this program to take your commitment seriously. It is NOT a drop-in program. We recognize some timing conflicts will be unavoidable. But Sacred Ground is designed to be a journey we experience in a group setting. Your regular attendance will be vital to its success!

Registration: This program is free, but registration is required. Program is limited to 30 participants.

Questions? Contact any of the following members of the Dismantling Racism Commission:

 Click here to register today.


Author: Janis Greenbaum
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