Sacred Ground in Action

Introduction

An important ministry of racial reconciliation in the Episcopal Church is Becoming Beloved Community.  The Cathedral, in the wake of the events of 2020, undertook several conversations about race in the summer of 2020, including Sacred Ground.  Over 110 participants engaged in 10 groups to learn about the history of race in America, the Episcopal Church, and the ways racism has shaped and is inextricably tied to our present state.

Our baptismal covenant calls us not only to learn, but also to “strive for justice and peace among all people” and to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.”  We are called as the Church not only to understand ideas, but to strive to live God’s call for peace and justice in the world around us.

Sacred Ground in Action (SGIA) is a ministry where we can come together as a community to re-center voices of color, to make amends for the past, and to raise up those who have historically been put down due to the sin of racism. With the baptismal covenant as our guide, love is our primary motivation.

SGIA has a Steering Committee which meets monthly.  It is organized into three primary forms of action:  Congregational Action, Education, and Individual Action.  There is an open town hall to discuss and plan for action on a current issue on the second Sunday of the month at 6:00 pm (currently on Zoom). Click here to view the Dean’s conversation with Rob Ewell about this emerging ministry.

SGIA TOWN HALLS

“Town halls” are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6pm.  These conversations are open to all and are held on Zoom.  Please note that each conversation will be recorded.  

We invite you to join us for an August 8, 2021 at 6 pm SGIA Town Hall conversation about Critical Race Theory.  We will explore what it really is and the apparent appropriation of the term by interests that seek to mitigate efforts for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in education. 

Watch the inaugural SGIA townhall where host Rob Ewell led us in a panel discussion on policing, chokeholds, George Floyd, and police budgets.  

Resources

This site is a work in progress; check back soon for active links to help you participate in racial justice work. 

Congregational

  • Monthly town hall meetings with a focus on taking action
  • Partner with other congregations/ organizations
  • Review of Episcopal Church’s Racial Justice audit with actions we can take at St Pauls

Educational

  • Launch new Sacred Ground Circles
  • Equip and facilitate small groups books like Caste
  • Movies with informative content

Individual Actions- What you can do now:

Pray, vigil, rally, protest in solidarity with our BIPOC family and against the sin of racism.

A Prayer for Racial Justice By Marjorie Miller

Wake us, O God, so that the sin of racism is purged from this land; break down the barriers that oppress all people of color; strengthen our resolve to work personally for justice; deliver us from complacency, indifference, and a return to the status quo; protect all who protest and all who are commissioned to protect and to serve; heal our addiction to privilege and power; and lead us, by your grace, to build your new community of love; we ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother. Amen.

Thank you FOR YOUR PLEDGE!

Because of you,

WE ARE RISING TOGETHR!

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