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Westfield, New York

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People are finding meaningful dialogue through “Sacred Ground

Leaders of the Episcopal Church with the help of many other contributors working to eliminate racism and discrimination have come together with a program called “Sacred Ground”. It’s a powerful ten part curriculum that includes documentary films, videos, and assigned readings; followed by deep dialogue circles to discuss content.

This program focuses on the Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they have intersected throughout the European American stories. Participants are invited to peel away the layers contributing to our implicit (presumed) biases and the division that haunts us today.

“It holds as a guiding star the vision of beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.”

Developed last year as part of the Episcopal Church’s long-term initiative for racial healing, reconciliation, and justice; it is intended to have an impact on our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. It can connect people from different walks of life through a safe environment of open and honest discussions that foster understanding.

Sacred Ground invites and challenges small groups to walk through the chapters of our America’s history through the lens of race and racism. It weaves together the threads of economic class, and political and regional identity from our own family’s history. It challenges people of the same race, as well as those of other race’s to talk with each other about racism past and present, their own racial identity, and issues of class, religion and ideology.

This is necessary dialogue for our community, its civic leaders, church officials, teachers, and anyone else with an interest in learning more about themselves and others in pursuit of a beloved community. This series will begin on Thursday, August 13th from 7-8 PM, and will meet online every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 PM thereafter.

This exceptional offer includes the license fees to view movies; and the access to materials will be available to all participants. To join the group or to find out more information, please contact St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 716-326-2064, Facebook and/or by emailing Enable JavaScript to view protected content..