“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-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. 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.
Participants will meet in small groups of 5-10 people via Zoom. Meetings will be scheduled every 3-4 weeks for 10 sessions to complete the entire curriculum. Each session requires preparation through watching 2-3 films and a series of readings. The assigned films and readings will seem manageable to some and perhaps a lot to others. There is a maximum of 90 minutes of film/video to watch per session, and an average of 35 pages to read. For more information on Sacred Ground, click here.
But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is agape which is understanding goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization. ––The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please note that there are two books required for purchase; all other course content will be distributed online. The two books are:
Waking up White, by Debbie Irving, and
Jesus and the Disinherited, by Dr. Howard Thurman
Thank you for your interest! Our Sacred Ground groups are now closed for registration. You may register below to be added to the waiting list in the event we add future groups.