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Sacred Ground, Annual Report, 2021

               During the last year, many of us have attended meetings, classes, and church services on
               Zoom. And Zoom also made it possible for a group at St. Peter’s to participate in a program
               called Sacred Ground: A Film Based Dialogue Series on Race and Faith. The curriculum was
               created by the Episcopal Church to explore the roots of racial conflict in the United States.

               The series examines the effects of race and racism throughout American history and explores
               the  impact  of  economic  class,  family  background,  and  racial  identity  on  different
               communities. Before each Zoom meeting, we watched videos online and read assignments
               from several books including White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Waking Up White by Debby
               Irving, and Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Catherine led our group, which
               included people from St. Peter’s, as well as several from neighboring churches. Members of
               the group shared their own experiences, and we all learned a lot.
                In 2021 the group continued learning by reading Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by
               Isabel  Wilkerson,  The Sum of Us:  What Racism Costs Everyone  and  How  we Can Prosper
               Together, by Heather McGee, and All that She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black
               Family Keepsake, by Tiya Miles.  We have been talking recently about ways that St. Peter’s
               can become part of what Bishop Curry calls the Beloved Community. As a first step, we are
               planning to invite the Diocese of Virginia Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing, Dr. J. Lee
               Hill, Jr., to speak at St Peter’s, either in person or via Zoom. In addition, the group has asked
               the Vestry to provide $500 to establish a scholarship allowing a Caroline County minority
               student to attend Germanna. We hope that as the group firms up plans for the future, we will
               have more information about the new scholarship fund and that many in the congregation
               will want to contribute to it.

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