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Sacred Ground: Film and Reading Study

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited 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 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. To learn more, go to

Sacred Ground requires a commitment of about 2 hours between sessions, for watching films and doing the readings, and is challenging and rewarding. Members are asked to try to attend every session, as the small dialogue circles depend on continuity to deepen trust and openness.


This fall, the Diocese of Bethlehem is offering Sacred Ground, in partnership with Moravians and Lutherans, by Zoom.

Every other Monday, 1:30-3:00 7:00-8:30 p.m. (ET)

August 28-November 20 (sessions 1-7)

January 8-February 12 (sessions 8-11)


Preview Sessions: Monday, August 7, 1:30-2:30 or 7-8 p.m. (ET)

To register for Sacred Ground or a preview session, or for questions,

contact the Rev. Maria Tjeltveit

[email protected]

Registration Deadline: August 19.