We invite you to participate in the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground formation series starting at Trinity in October. During the next month, prior participants will be sharing their past experience through Living Epistles during our Sunday Service. Here is some background information as you discern your call to participate:
What is “Sacred Ground”?
Sacred Ground is a formation program created by the Episcopal Church in 2018 for a challenging, but respectful and transformative, dialogue on race and racism.
It invites participants to walk back through history to peel away the layers that have brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story, using films and readings.
It’s an opportunity to fulfill our Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of every person. Sacred Ground provides a practical way to do that: to center, reflect, encounter, and honor those who have been traditionally marginalized in our country.
How Does it Work?
We will gather in small groups to consider chapters of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
Groups will meet every 2-3 weeks for 10 sessions of about 90 minutes. A survey will help set the meeting days and times and racial composition for each group.
Groups of 4-8 people will gather via Zoom, using ground rules for a welcoming, respectful space to discuss challenging topics.
Preparation before each session includes viewing film clips 60-90 minutes long and reading about 35 pages from the curriculum and from 2 books: Waking Up White by Debbie Irving and Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman.
Each session is facilitated using curriculum questions for that session.
Costs and Tools
You will need:
A copy of Waking Up White by Debbie Irving and Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman which are available as e-books, audiobooks, and physical books; both titles are available at King County and Seattle libraries, although perhaps in high demand.
A computer with speed capable of watching film clips.
Zoom for online conversations until we can gather in-person.
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