Finding ‘Sacred Ground’: Thousands connect with Episcopal Church’s film-based series…

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The meetings were held at St. John’s Episcopal Church starting in January 2020. The pandemic interrupted the group’s schedule, but future meetings may resume online. Photo courtesy of Jenny Fife[Episcopal News Service] When protests against racial injustice erupted nationwide in late spring, the dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York invited Episcopalians to participate in Sacred Ground, The Episcopal Church’s 10-part, film-based discussion series. The curriculum confronts the historical roots of systemic racism and examines how that history still shapes American institutions and social interactions today.The response was overwhelming: About 200 people signed up for the dioceses’ discussion circles.Interest was just as strong in the Diocese of San Diego, where at least 11 congregations recently signed up to form Sacred Ground circles. And in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Rev. Jane Johnson started a discussion circle at her Episcopal-Lutheran congregation hoping at least a handful of people would join her. The circle widened to more than 60 participants from four local congregations and across the Diocese of Fond du Lac.Such examples highlight the exponential churchwide growth in Sacred Ground participation since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fueled widespread protests. Previously, about 400 discussion circles had taken up Sacred Ground from its launch in February 2019. Two months after Floyd’s death, that number doubled to more than 800 groups.Learn more about The Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground discussion series, including how to register.“The response has given me hope this is not going to be just a moment, but a movement,” Johnson told Episcopal News Service. “It’s sad that it takes so long to wake up to something … but we’re finally willing to do something.”A discussion circle may sound like a rather passive form of action, especially in light of the fervent protests against recent instances of deadly police brutality. But Sacred Ground goes beyond a book club or Bible study, facilitators say. They describe some of the curriculum’s videos and reading assignments as intense and the conversations direct, even uncomfortable – all intended as a springboard for action.“This is tricky stuff to navigate,” said Jenny Fife, an Episcopalian who organized a Sacred Ground circle this year in Roanoke, Virginia. Examples she cited from the curriculum include European Americans’ forced relocation of Native Americans, racial discrimination in 20th-century federal housing policy and the various barriers that made it difficult for Black World War II veterans to obtain G.I. Bill benefits.“There’s some awful stories out there,” she said, “awful stories that we need to hear.”Children in 1937 walk along dirt paths connecting farm cabins on land once known as the Pettway Plantation in the isolated central Alabama community of Gee’s Bend. The Black families photographed by the Farm Security Administration were “living under primitive conditions,” and even today many of them, descendants of slaves, still bear the last name of the former plantation owner, Pettway. Photo: Arthur Rothstein, via Library of CongressSacred Ground is part of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative on racial reconciliation. Unlike other anti-racism programs, Sacred Ground doesn’t require an experienced trainer, only volunteer facilitators. The curriculum is ready to go for any groups that commit to engage with the material and have honest and open conversations about what they learn. And though the curriculum doesn’t prescribe specific real-world responses, it presumes participants will be moved to work for social change in their own ways when they are done.It also presumes most participants will be white. That is by design, said Katrina Browne, the “Traces of the Trade” filmmaker who developed the Sacred Ground curriculum: “written by a white Episcopalian for white Episcopalians.”Episcopal Church leaders welcomed a new resource “targeting white folks to help with the kind of reeducation that we need,” Browne told ENS, “given how little we get taught in schools about the history of racism and the actual depth and extent of it.” Rather than exclusion, this approach encourages fair expectations: People of color are welcome to participate but shouldn’t feel obligated to explain racism to their white neighbors, Browne said.“It’s very common in my experience for people of color to say, ‘It would be great for you all to learn more and not have us be the teachers all the time,’” she said. She also has found that well-meaning white people often don’t think they can talk about race without a person of color present, a common scenario in The Episcopal Church given its predominantly white membership. Sacred Ground encourages those Episcopalians not to let their congregations’ homogeneity stop them from increasing their own understanding of racism.Church leaders also have increasingly found that white Episcopalians desire those conversations.“Sacred Ground has clearly filled a deep need and hunger across the church and beyond. Especially among white folks, there is a growing recognition that racism is not just a problem for people of color,” the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation, said in a statement to ENS. “If anything, systemic racism has been built for white flourishing; that means it is best dismantled and addressed by white people.”Fife’s experience with Sacred Ground in Roanoke is a common one. “It’s been pretty profound for me personally,” she said. “I’ve done a 180-degree turn.”A self-described “child of the South,” Fife grew up in Richmond, Virginia, blind to the vestiges of white supremacy all around her in the one-time capital of the Confederate states, from the prominent monuments to Confederate figures to the slave owners and overseers in her own family tree. She was given the middle name, Lee, in honor of her grandfather, who had been named after Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general.The Revs. Melissa Hays-Smith, Lyle Morton and David Jones bow their heads in prayer at a memorial service for lynching victims in Roanoke, Virginia, during the second day of the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice on Aug. 17, 2019. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceShe first learned about Sacred Ground from a woman she met in August 2019 while she and her husband participated in the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice organized by the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Fife then began developing a Sacred Ground circle at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and by the time the church hosted its first session in January 2020, more than 50 people had signed up from St. John’s and other Christian congregations around Roanoke.Fife, a 67-year-old retired elementary school teacher, had considered herself a “typical liberal do-gooder,” but she soon realized how little she understood of systemic racism, the institutional systems and structures designed to disadvantage African Americans. She never had been challenged to go beyond a white perspective to reexamine the racial arc of American history.“As a Christian, I believed that we were all made in the image of God. I just didn’t kind of get that there are two Americas. There’s Black America and there’s white America,” Fife said. “And I live in white America. And African Americans live in both Americas.” Institutional racism, she said, is “just so hard to see” – until it becomes obvious.“You don’t see it, until you see it.”Videos help participants open hearts, minds to painful truths about American historyBrowne, a lifelong Episcopalian who lives in the Washington, D.C., area, came up with the idea for Sacred Ground after The Episcopal Church’s May 2017 launch of Becoming Beloved Community, invoking a term popularized by Martin Luther King Jr.Renewed focus on racial reconciliation drives interest in Becoming Beloved Community webinars.Becoming Beloved Community’s four parts often are illustrated as a labyrinth: telling the truth about the church and race; proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community; practicing the way of love in the pattern of Jesus, and repairing the breach in society, such as through advocacy for reform. Spellers’ team offered it to dioceses and congregations to guide their efforts at racial reconciliation, which the church set as one of its top priorities at the 78th General Convention in 2015. Within that framework, Browne saw an opportunity to get white Episcopalians to lower their guard and engage with the subjects using documentary films as educational tools and as prompts for discussion.Browne is best known for her 2008 documentary “Traces of the Trade,” which followed her and her family members’ researching and coming to grips with the truth about their slave-trading ancestors in Rhode Island. “I was certainly steeped in an appreciation for the power of documentary film to generate more heartfelt dialogue,” she said. “This is an emotional, spiritual journey, and there is something about the power of film to open things up.”In fall 2017, Spellers embraced Browne’s pitch of a film-based series on the roots of the racism still built into American institutions – and perpetuated, often unknowingly, by the individuals who fill those institutions.Browne, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, doesn’t exempt herself. As a white Northerner who once clung to a “presumption of innocence,” she learned in making “Traces of the Trade” that much of the economy in the North had been tied to slavery, even after slavery was outlawed there. Browne also began examining her own perceptions. “I may not be an intentionally racist person, but I still have implicit racial bias. I still have loads of white privilege and class privilege.”Browne developed a series of 10 sessions, each requiring participants to prepare themselves before meeting by completing reading assignments and viewing one or more videos. Sacred Ground participants also are expected to read the curriculum’s two core books: “Waking Up White,” a 2014 memoir by Debby Irving, and “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Black theologian Howard Thurman, originally published in 1949.One of the first assigned videos is titled “The Myth of Race Debunked in 3 Minutes.” Others are longer, such as an hourlong episode of the PBS series “The African Americans,” hosted by historian and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Browne also identified the TV news program episode “White Anxiety” hosted by Katie Couric as a highlight for its discussion of class issues, as well as the final session’s assignment “Dawnland,” a 2018 documentary that details Maine’s efforts to atone for taking Native American children from their families to be placed in foster homes and boarding schools.The sessions follow a roughly chronological line, starting with a look at the persecution in Europe that motivated the early colonists to leave their home countries and journey to North America. The new arrivals soon began persecuting the continent’s Indigenous people and enslaving Africans. Other sessions examine Latino and Asian/Pacific American experiences in the United States. Participants also examine examples of systemic racism in today’s America, such as mass incarceration and its disproportionate effect on people of color.A historical marker notes this stretch of shoreline in Hampton, Virginia, is where the first enslaved Africans were said to have been bought ashore in British North America in 1619. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe curriculum isn’t intended as a comprehensive summary, but rather a starting point for discussion as participants connect historical narratives with their own life experiences.“Sacred Ground is a time and opportunity to hear the story of our past with regard to race, to hear our stories of our pasts,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a video statement released with the curriculum’s February 2019 launch. “From the travail and the reality of all those stories may emerge hope for a new day.”The Rev. Janine Schenone, rector of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, said she often preached against racism on Sundays but wanted to help her congregation dig deeper. She and the church’s minister of formation invited parishioners to join a Sacred Ground circle in fall 2019, and the results were profound, Schenone told ENS.“I’ve never seen anything so utterly change the attitudes and the beliefs of people,” she said, especially around race. “This is a painful curriculum. It is not easy to listen to the history of our country and how it has systematically shut down the lives of people who are not white.”Schenone also serves on the Diocesan Advocacy Committee of the Diocese of San Diego’s Executive Council. The committee formed its own Sacred Ground circle in January 2020 and was joined by newly consecrated Bishop Susan Snook. More congregations around the diocese are also participating.And though many of the discussion circles remain all or mostly white, some Black Episcopalians are joining the discussions and finding them valuable as well.Trinity Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia, is a notable example. Its multiracial congregation partnered about five years ago with the mostly white NOVA Catholic Community for regular meetings about race relations, often taking the form of book discussions. They wanted to do more, so in August 2019, they started Sacred Ground.“I think it’s an exceptional program,” the Rev. Kim Coleman, Trinity’s rector, told ENS. She also serves as national president of the Union of Black Episcopalians.Coleman said she has learned things she didn’t know about white culture and that she appreciates how Sacred Ground illuminates the connections among the historic patterns of abuse endured by other communities of color in the United States. Such knowledge provides the essential foundation for taking action, she said.“Today, people ask the question, ‘What can I do? What can I do?’” Coleman said. “The response is, get informed first. Find out what the issues are. If you’re at all unhappy with what you see on the national scene and can’t understand, turn to Sacred Ground or something similar, just so you can broaden your understanding and awareness.”In this ‘Black Lives Matter’ moment, a call to learn and then work for changeTo understand, to be aware – and then to do.“Your last session is a time to gain a sense of where participants want to go next,” the Sacred Ground curriculum says. It notes the individual impact of Sacred Ground may be “different enough for each person that the calling with regard to next steps also is different for everyone.”Participants also feel the collective impact of the growing list of Black victims of police brutality and white vigilantism – Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and many others, each name becoming a rallying cry for changes in policing and society.This year, even before Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery’s and Breonna Taylor’s names were added to that list. Arbery, a 25-year-old jogger, was on a midday run Feb. 23 in Glynn County, Georgia, when he was chased and fatally shot by a white father and son. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was woken after midnight March 13 in her Louisville, Kentucky, home by police officers who shot and killed her while executing a “no knock” warrant.In Minneapolis, while investigating a report of a counterfeit $20 bill, police were filmed pinning Floyd to the ground for nearly nine minutes, with one officer’s knee pressed into Floyd’s neck as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.” His death on Memorial Day sparked outrage and galvanized nationwide support for the Black Lives Matter movement.Missouri Bishop-elect Deon Johnson, in a photo posted to Facebook, joins a group of Episcopalians in participating in a racial justice protest May 30 in St. Louis County.As Episcopalians added their voices, they also gravitated to Sacred Ground in large numbers. Browne estimates at least 10,000 people now have completed or committed to the curriculum, which has inspired many participants to seek ways of making a difference – “repairing the breach” – in their communities.“When I imagine hundreds of circles of Episcopalians and our neighbors engaging in honest, faithful conversation about the history and current realities of race and racism, and then imagine those people moving into action together, my heart is glad,” Spellers told ENS. “This is what it means to be the church and become the Beloved Community.”In response to the deaths of Arbery, Taylor and Floyd, Coleman’s group in Arlington, Virginia, arranged for a Zoom meeting on June 17 with Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, the Arlington County prosecutor. Coleman said they asked Dehghani-Tafti about policing in Arlington County, sought her stance on potential reforms, and pressed her to consider the “8 Can’t Wait” reforms, such as chokehold bans and nonviolent de-escalation protocols.“Sacred Ground primes you for being aware of and responding to issues of justice, and in particular racial justice,” Coleman said. “The question that we keep asking is, ‘What can we do to make a difference?’”That question also is on the minds of the 200 or so Episcopalians in the dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York who signed up for Sacred Ground sessions that started this month on Zoom.“What I hear from people is they want to be a positive force for good; they want to make a difference, and they’re not sure how,” said the Rev. Twila Smith, priest-in-charge at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York, who helped organized the dioceses’ Sacred Ground groups. “From what I knew of Sacred Ground, it was a good place for us to come together as a partnership and have these conversations with one another.”The two dioceses are in the second year of a partnership that allows them to share resources, with Bishop Sean Rowe leading both dioceses. Smith serves as co-chair of the partnership’s Mission Strategy Advisory Group, which teamed with the Commission on Dismantling Racism and Discrimination to launch two Sacred Ground groups. One meets every other Thursday evening and the other meets every other Tuesday afternoon.The Very Rev. Derrick Fetz, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, leads the Thursday evening group. Its first hourlong meeting, on July 16, began with a prayer and biblical reflection, Fetz said. One participant then gave a three-minute summary of the assigned videos and readings before participants broke into small group discussions.The only complaint: Some participants told Fetz they’d like the meetings to be longer than an hour, to allow for more discussion. After the first few sessions, participants will be encouraged to contribute to a virtual “idea bucket,” suggesting ways of addressing systemic racism locally. That may entail partnering with organizations that already are doing good work, or it may require churches and church members to step up in new ways.But first, they are examining their country’s past. “If we’re really serious about changing the world, we need to know the history. We need to know the truth of discrimination and how it’s been a longstanding reality in our country,” Fetz said. “We need to educate ourselves.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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first_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia is one of only 102 hospitals in the country to receive a five-star rating awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for providing high quality, safe, effective care to patients.Members of the hospital held a press conference at Pasadena’s dusitD2 Constance Hotel Tuesday to discuss the award that placed Methodist Hospital in the top two percent of hospitals nationally and the only one in L.A County to receive that rating.“We are truly honored to be the only hospital in Los Angeles County to receive this prestigious five-star rating from Medicare,” said Dan Ausman, President and CEO at Methodist Hospital. “We are extremely proud of our doctors, nurses, and staff for helping Methodist Hospital earn this extraordinary recognition for providing excellent patient care.”Medicare’s overall star rating summarizes up to 64 quality measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall rating shows how well a hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S, according to a press release.“Methodist has traditionally been rated as a four star hospital and this year, for the first time, we have been rated a five-star hospital,” said Ausman.Methodist Hospital is one of nine hospitals in California to be rated five stars with the most common rating being three stars.“It’s really a credit to our physicians, clinical staff, the support of our hospital board, the leadership of our medical staff and the foundation board for the resources they have provided for us to be able to provide great clinical care and great technology that enables us to provide a very safe environment for our patients,” said Ausman.The hospital was founded in 1903 and offers advanced cardiovascular and neuro-interventional services, including cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, neurosurgery, and clot removal for stroke. Los Angeles County has designated Methodist Hospital as both a heart attack and stroke receiving center as well as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.More than 57,000 patients were treated in the Emergency Department last year with more than 16,000 patient admissions and 25,000 outpatient visits to the hospital alone, according to a press release.“Good doctors are looking for good hospitals and good hospitals are looking for good doctors and we’ve got a great match here,” said Methodist Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Sherry Wang.Earlier this year, Methodist Hospital was also recognized by The SafeCare Group as part of their 100 SafeCare Hospitals listing where the hospital ranked number eight in the nation among hospitals with more than 400 beds for providing high quality, safe care to patients.“The hospital continues to give back to the community in terms of new services, ensuring our patients don’t have to leave the Arcadia and San Gabriel Valley area to go other hospitals,” said Ausman.For more information on Medicare’s Hospital Overall Star Ratings initiative, go to more information about Methodist Hospital of Southern California, visit Top of the News Business News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Methodist Hospital of Southern California Honored as One of the Best Hospitals in the Nation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 6:32 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Council told Aura should be attracting more major events to Letterkenny

first_imgNews Council told Aura should be attracting more major events to Letterkenny Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Letterkenny Town Council has been told the Aura Leisure Complex is not reaching its full potential in terms of night time events.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh raised the issue, comparing the faclity to INEC in Killarney and the Royal Theatre Complex in Castlebar. He said the Mayo venue, which is a similar size, continues to host major national and international acts on a regular basis.Cllr Kavanagh argues that with proper marketting and planning, the Aura Centre could be better used. There have been indications that more is to come, and there is more coordination with other venues planned.Cllr Kavanagh says that’s to be welcomed……………….[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleFuture of Letterkenny Carpetright store in doubtNext articleCourt told progress is being made on Gweebara fisheries dispute News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter By News Highland – March 9, 2011 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

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first_imgWe all make mistakes – it is part of being human. However, it is how we recognize and handle our errors that can separate good leaders from really great leaders.Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, writes in a recent post that there are a “few prevalent leadership mistakes that even the best and smartest leaders tend to make,” including:– The mistake of not giving employees a listening ear. Those leaders that really listen to their employees build trust and make them feel a part of the culture and workplace “family.”– The mistake of not giving employees enough information. It is important to keep our employees in the loop when there are changes happening. This will help overall morale – even if the changes taking place aren’t the best news.– The mistake of not coaching their employees. Just like top athletes have a coach, employees should have good managers. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

William Jesse “Bill” Russell, Jr, 94

first_imgWilliam Jesse “Bill” Russell, Jr., age 94, longtime resident of Watervliet, Michigan, passed away April 7, 2020 at Morning Breeze Retirement Center in Greensburg, Indiana where he was resident for the last 5 years.Bill was born to parents William Jesse Russell, Sr, and Velma Vera Wallace on July 4, 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee. After spending his early years in East Prairie, Missouri and serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps he relocated to Watervliet, Michigan where he lived most of his adult life. It was there that Bill met and on May 23, 1948, married Leona Clinard, his wife of 66 years.Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, his wife Leona, who passed away June 28, 2014, as well as by three brothers, two sisters, and one half-sister. He is survived by two sons; Richard E (Debra) Russell of Asheville, North Carolina and James G (Wendy) Russell of Greensburg, Indiana, six grandchildren; Bryan, Jennifer, Jason, Adam, James, and Erin, several great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and by one half-brother.Bill was retired from the Watervliet Paper Company and during his life in Watervliet he regularly attended the Watervliet First Methodist Church. He loved music and spent countless hours listening to, recording and cataloging his collection. He also enjoyed gardening, and traveling and was especially proud of his “R” tree; two maple trees he started as saplings and grafted together to grow into the shape of the letter R.There will be no visitation. Burial will be at Watervliet Cemetery in Watervliet, Michigan. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more