We are pleased to announce the opportunity for our parish and the people of St. John’s in Ashfield to participate together in the Episcopal Church’s program Sacred Ground: a Film & Reading Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith. The following description of the key components of the program are taken and adapted from Sacred Ground Invitation & Introduction:
It is important to note that this program is geared primarily for white folks to do our work. The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers explains why, “Sacred Ground has been designed to provide a context for white folks to talk to other white folks about their own racial identity and stories, with an eye toward class, region, and family history. As a black person, I often need to test and speak vulnerable truths among other black people before extending outward. There is healing work we can only do with people who’ve engaged in the same struggle and bear the same responsibility.”
We will offer a Preview of the Sacred Ground Program on Sunday, March 28 (Palm Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. using this zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/592077112. This will also be a time for folks to ask questions and get more information about the program.
Those who choose to participate in the program will gather for eleven 90 minute sessions on Sundays at 5 p.m. between April-September. The first session will be an opportunity for the group to get to know one another, and the remaining ten sessions will work through the curriculum. For detailed explanation of what is expected of participants for this program, please take a few moments to read the Participant Preparation Guide. We do ask that participants commit to attending all sessions as best possible and to come prepared by having read and watched all the materials beforehand so the core of our time together can be grounded in reflection and discussion. For that reason, we have provided the dates for our gatherings: April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 12, and September 26.
Rev. Heather and Rev. Molly plan to convene and facilitate one group of 10 participants (with the goal of drawing equally from both churches). Should there be enough interest, it is possible a second group will be convened. To sign up, please fill out this google form. We will accept sign ups on a first come, first serve basis, and then will begin a waiting list should we need to. The deadline for signing up is April 4 (Easter Sunday).