Leaders of the Diocese of Western New York’s Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination and the diocesan Mission Strategy Advisory Group have agreed to co-sponsor the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground program across the partnership dioceses.
Sacred Ground, a dialogue series about race, is grounded in faith and includes readings, documentary film and short videos. “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,” reads the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground webpage.
In our partnership dioceses, facilitated Sacred Ground discussion groups will meet twice each month via Zoom for a total of 10 sessions. Participants can choose one of these options:
July 21-December 1: First and third Tuesdays of each month from 3-4 p.m.
July 16-December 3: First and third Thursdays of each month from 7-8 p.m.
Three Sacred Ground preview sessions are available:
July 14, 3-4 p.m.
The Sacred Ground program was launched last year by Becoming Beloved Community, the Episcopal Church’s long-term initiative on racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Created by Katrina Browne, producer and director of the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” Sacred Ground is especially intended to help white people talk with each other about racism past and present, their own racial identity, and issues of class, region and ideology.
Learn more about Sacred Ground on the Episcopal Church website, and register to participate in a Sacred Ground discussion group.