A series beginning August 9
*Please note that our registration platform says you're registering for an all-day event on August 9; this is simply because of the limitations of our registration system. Be assured that you are simply indicating that you wish to be placed in a small group.
At this important moment in our history, we recognize the need for more thorough understanding and action regarding the systemic racism that has plagued our country. Therefore, planning is underway to engage with a dialogue series on race and racism, providing trusting and respectful spaces for loving dialogue. The curriculum we are adapting for our use, “Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith,” was created especially for the Episcopal Church. It includes two core books: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving, and Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman, along with documentary films and short videos. Our engagement with this curriculum will also include faith-nurturing spiritual practices and opportunities to strengthen the bonds of love in our parish church.
We recognize the many divisions playing out in our country, and our church is eager to live into our identity as “A Sacred Village Green” where all people belong and are equally valued; our identity as “A New Abbey” that is committed to study and ancient practices that deepen our faith and our love for God and one another; and our identity as “A Healing Community” that is constantly engaging in ministries that mend, heal, and bind together that which has been torn. And we are pleased that our vestry endorsed this initiative at its June meeting.
We are grateful for our many partnerships with ministries across the city of Richmond, as well as for hundreds of volunteers who daily engage in hands-on, face-to-face interracial ministries, and we see this curriculum as a unique opportunity to enhance our understanding and ministry. And as in all we do as a parish, we pray that this work will renew our faith, strengthening our relationships with God and each other.
Participating in this offering
There is no charge to participate in this important offering, though registration is required.* We will furnish copies of the books to be read for any who do not already own them. If you wish to make a donation to help defray the costs of the books and the training we are providing to small group facilitators, such support is helpful, but not required.
We plan to begin this series August 9 and it will continue through December 6. Each small group will gather once every two to three weeks by way of Zoom; it may be that as the series progresses, groups will be permitted to meet in person if state and diocesan guidelines permit.
*Please ignore the reference to an "all-day" event. Your registration simply places you on a list to be assigned to a small group.