The next Social Justice Ministry meeting is Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00pm. Sign up here.

Social Justice Ministry monthly meetings will take place the third Wednesday of each month at 6pm (unless otherwise advertised).

For information about ongoing public square actions, rallies, protests, and writing campaigns, connect with the Social Justice Ministry on Realm.

For events and meetings regarding education equity, economic equity, and immigration and intercultural equity, visit the GSL MICAH page at gracestlukes.org/connect/social-justice/micah/.

Sacred Ground, A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith

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The GSL Social Justice ministry continues to seek to inspire our community to more fully live into our Baptismal Covenant “to strive for justice and peace among all people.” The next phase of our work begins in September, when we will offer the Sacred Ground series developed by the national Church. Sacred Ground includes a robust curriculum of films and readings on race and faith. Small groups, called dialogue circles, will consider the history of race and racism in America, and are invited to bring their own stories and experiences to the conversation. Sacred Ground is part of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative committed to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Grounded in our call to faith, hope, and love, Sacred Ground is specifically designed to help educate white people through conversation as we peel back each layer and consider the origins and causes of present-day divisions and challenges.  

This work is not easy, but it is holy. Prayerfully consider joining one of our Sacred Ground dialogue circles. Each circle will be limited to a maximum of twelve people, and we will be asking for a deep commitment from participants as we journey together towards Sacred Ground. The materials in the series are intended to be engaged over the course of ten sessions, with at least one week between each session. We are planning for one group to meet Wednesday evenings beginning September 15. A second dialogue circle will meet on Thursday mornings beginning September 16.  

If you are ready to delve deeper in considering the intersection of race and faith, we invite you reach out to one of us to learn more: NICKI SOULE, JENNIE VANDEVEER, PAULA BARNES, LAURA F GETTYS (VIA REALM). In addition, many helpful resources (ranging from excerpts of the films used to guides for how to prepare to participate) can be found on the national Church website here: Sacred Ground – The Episcopal Church. All materials for Sacred Ground will be provided by the church, including the two core books, Waking Up White by Debby Irving, and Jesus and the Disinherited by Dr. Howard Thurman. 

The deadline to sign up is September 1. Due to the importance of establishing trust and forming community within the dialogue circles, we ask participants to make a commitment to attend all ten sessions. Those who know they may miss more than one session are respectfully asked to wait to participate until a future date, when they can more fully commit.  

The Wednesday evening group will meet from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: September 15 and 29, October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, and December 1 and 15, 2021, and January 5 and 19, 2022. Register to be part of the Wednesday evening dialogue circle here (tinyurl.com/SacredGroundWednesday). 

The Thursday morning group will meet from 10 a.m. - noon on the following dates: September 16 and 30, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16, 2021, and January 6 and 20, 2022. Register to be part of the Thursday morning dialogue circle here (tinyurl.com/SacredGroundThursday). 

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