Sacred Ground
Tuesday Evening Classes: 7:00 - 9:00 pm, May 31, June 14
Wednesday Daytime Classes: 12 noon - 1:30 pm, May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Thank you for your interest in Sacred Ground!
Sacred Ground offers supportive space for holding challenging, transformative conversations about race and racism.
As Marek said on Sunday, “After taking this course, I felt like I had had cataracts removed from my eyes.”
Christ Church is offering two Sacred Ground dialogue groups this spring.
  • The Tuesday group will meet 7 PM – 9 PM, starting March 8th.
  • The Wednesday group will meet 12 PM – 2 PM.
    • Family Room (In-person only)
Each group will gather for a total of 11 sessions, meeting 2-3 times per month.
We ask all participants to make a full commitment to all sessions, which helps to build strong connections between group members.
The films and readings for each session take approximately 2-3 hours to complete. For each session,
there is a film(s), articles, as well as readings from two books that you will need to get. Both are
available at the Christ Church Bookstore:
  • Waking Up White (Debbie Irving)
  • Jesus and the Disinherited (Howard Thurman)
If you’d like to learn more about Sacred Ground, check out the website HERE (click on Sacred Ground Summary). Feel free to email me as well.
Please let me know if you’d like to commit to either the Tuesday evening group, facilitated by me, or the Wednesday daytime group, facilitated by The Rev. Dr. Cheryl McFadden and Elizabeth Fitts (
We’re very excited about these upcoming Sacred Ground courses and look forward to hearing from you!
Debbie Smith

Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. Participants are invited to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds as a guiding star the vision of a beloved community – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.