Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race
We all want to see improvements in the racial disparities in our society, but it can be difficult to have meaningful conversations about these issues. People feel like they have to have the right words or they are worried the conversation will get out of hand.
The Sacred Ground program offers discussion groups led by trained facilitators in order to make this conversation safe and impactful. Because the program lasts for ten sessions, the groups are able to form deep connections that allow people to be comfortable exploring these difficult concepts.
This program was launched in 2019 by The Episcopal Church and was so well-received that it has recently been adapted by St. Paul’s to be suitable for folks of all faiths (or no particular faith). This thriving program will be open to the greater community starting in the fall of 2021, and we hope you will join us.
Why should I join a Sacred Ground group?
Participants join the Sacred Ground program for many different reasons:
- A desire to understand the roots of the racial disparities that exist in American society
- A hunger for meaningful dialogue with other members of the community.
- A feeling of powerlessness when faced with the enormity of racism
- An aspiration to raise children who can be capable citizens of a multiracial society.
- A wish to understand how and why the conversation around race has changed during one’s lifetime
Whatever your reasons for joining may be, know that you are welcome in this program.
- How many people are in a group?
- Groups consist of 6-9 participants and two trained facilitators.
- How often do the groups meet?
- Groups meet roughly every three weeks over the course of ten sessions.
- Is there homework?
- In preparation for each session, participants are asked to watch a video related to the theme of that month’s discussion.
- Is this a religious program?
- No. St. Paul’s has adapted the curriculum to be universally applicable to people of all faiths or no faith at all.
On Sacred Ground: Personal Transformation Leads to Sacred Ground Program Expansion – St. Paul’s parishioner Caroline Russell is featured in the national Becoming Beloved Community newsletter from The Episcopal Church. (March 2022).
Exploring Sacred Ground – Columnist David Treadwell discusses the program and its significance in The Times Record. (November 2021).
“Questions? Contact our Sacred Ground Program Coordinator at SacredGroundME@gmail.com“