A film based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith by Virginia Theological Seminary

Greetings,

Many of us are hearing the clear call to learn more about the origins of the inequities and injustices deeply embedded in our society today – and to take actions that support justice and equality. This summer and fall, Lifelong Learning offers two online opportunities to participate in the Sacred Ground curriculum, a film-based discussion series offered by The Episcopal Church that is especially designed to help white people engage in conversation about the history of race in America. The first will begin on Monday afternoons in July and the second will be on a weekday evening in September. Scroll down for more information.

Over the next few months, we are planning additional opportunities for conversations on racism, justice, and faith. We hope you will join us. As always, we invite your ideas and suggestions.

Faithfully,

— Diane M. Wright, Senior Associate for Lifelong Learning
and Director, Continuing Education

Sacred Ground: Conversations on Race and Faith
The pandemic has forced us to pause, look, and listen to the world around us. Bubbling to the surface are the cries that have been silenced for centuries. This past year I had the opportunity to participate in, and later lead, sessions of Sacred Ground, a film-based dialogue series from The Episcopal Church. This series offers a deep dive into the often-hidden history of our country and the negative effects still felt so strongly by so many of our brothers and sisters. It is soul work and provides space for the deep introspection necessary in the struggle towards racial justice. If you want to be more faithful to your baptismal vows of striving for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of EVERY human being, please prayerfully consider taking this course.
Conor Salter
VTS Pathways to Ministry student

Conversations on Race and Faith: The Sacred Ground Curriculum
Online - Mondays July 13, 20, Aug 3, 17, 31, Sept 14
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Click here to register

Are you interested in reading, watching, and learning about the history of race and racism in America and the impact it has on our world today – and engaging in meaningful conversation about change? Join this online cohort and explore a rich curriculum focused on Indigenous, Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Americans as their histories intersect with European American history. For each session we will gather online for conversation to help us 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. This Sacred Ground curriculum has been especially designed to help white people engage in conversation about the history of race in America.



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