Since the start of Lent, our Diocesan Commission for Racial Justice and Reconciliation has led online sessions of Sacred Ground, a film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. It was developed by The Episcopal Church as a part of “Becoming Beloved Community” and is designed to promote racial understanding, justice and reconciliation. Today, the class concluded with a final Session 11, centered around a theme of “Walk On: The Journey After Sacred Ground.”
The group from across the diocese, and even friends outside of our diocese, met today in Charleston at Grace Church Cathedral. Informal time with coffee, snacks and conversation was followed by the day’s session. after lunch, the group adjourned to the Cathedral for starts at a sending Eucharist. Many thanks to all on the Commission, especially co-chair Gail DeCosta and Tater Beak, who worked tirelessly to offer this important program to the diocese. Here are some photos from the Eucharist today, which was joyfully attended by Bishop Ruth Woodliff-Stanley.
This past Saturday, March 12, the Diocesan Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation, along with Bishop Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, traveled to Denmark, SC, in our Southern Deanery to visit Voorhees College and learn more about the educational institution's rich history, as well as that of the town where it resides. In addition to touring the school, the Commission met the school's president, Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, who provided a wonderful presentation to provide an in-depth look at the history and future of Voorhees College. The group also visited St. Philip's Chapel on campus where they met the Denmark mayor, the Honorable Gerald Wright who talked about the history and present life of the city (pictured above). See more photos from the visit on the Diocesan Facebook page at this link.
Voorhees College is located in our diocese and is one of two historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States affiliated with The Episcopal Church.
Over the weekend, the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission traveled to Sumter and Wedgefield for their regular meeting (held at Patriot Hall in Sumter) and to tour and learn about the history of Good Shepherd, Sumter, and St. Augustine’s, Wedgefield, two of the historically African-American parishes in our diocese. It was also an opportunity to see art exhibits currently on display at Good Shepherd, Sumter, and in the gallery at Patriot Hall featuring the works of South Carolina artist Susan Lenz.