For video summaries on Sacred Ground Conversations and more information (including a Sacred Ground overview and video from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry), visit https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/.
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. 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 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.
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. 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.
The Social Justice Ministry sponsored a two-part series on Health Disparities in our country with Dr. Kendra Hotz. This two-part lecture introduced the biological bridge that links social differences to health disparities and explores how those social differences result from a long history of policy choices that deliberately left racial and ethnic minorities at a disadvantage. The first lecture explored how stresses associated with social inequality throw our bodies into fight- or-flight response that over time causes diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. The second lecture explored the lives and family histories of two children who inherit the social inequalities that produce different health outcomes.