Racial Justice and Healing

Sacred Ground series offers walk through America’s history of race


On Zoom, Every other Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)
On Zoom OR In-Person, Every other Monday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (EDT)
(St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church, 617 E 4th St, Bethlehem, PA)
September 12-November 21, continuing January 2-February 20

Preview Session, Monday, August 29, 7-8 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)

You are invited to Sacred Ground this fall, to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to 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.

We will have a full communion Zoom group, with Episcopalians, Lutherans and Moravians. It will be every other Monday night, beginning September 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)

We will also have two daytime options, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (EDT), every other Monday: a Zoom group or an In-Person group, at St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church, 617 E 4th St, Bethlehem, PA.

There will be about two hours of film-watching and reading between each session. In addition to the larger group each person will be a part of a small dialogue circle, and participants are strongly encouraged to attend each session, to build trust and depth in the circles.

Sacred Ground is free but it requires an investment of your time and heart that will challenge and reward you, as we work toward becoming Beloved Community.

Please go to www.episcopalchurch.org/sacredground to learn more.

Contact the Rev. Maria Tjeltveit at [email protected] if you have questions or would like to register for the preview session (Aug. 29) or the course. Please indicate if you are interested in the evening or daytime group. Registration is required by September 6th.