Sacred Ground – Jan 20

Sacred Ground is a film-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith, developed by the Episcopal Church. Nearly 1,000 Sacred Ground groups have formed since 2019. Now Bethel members have the opportunity to join the Sacred Ground community.

Bethel members Ellie Millam and Marlynn May have led many Sacred Ground groups at their winter church in California and they have generously offered to lead Sacred Ground for Bethel, starting January 2022, via Zoom. 

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. 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 series is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people about race. 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.

There is no cost to participate. We will begin the series in January 2022, with groups of 8-10 who will be in dialogue with one another, listening, learning and deepening our personal understanding and response to the history of colonialism and the church’s involvement since the beginning of our country. This series reflects a deep commitment of time over 6-7 months, watching films, reading books (chapters) and articles and sharing one’s reflections on what we are learning together.

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