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Sacred Ground Lesson Topics

Session 10: Becoming Beloved Community

1. Materials: Watch and read all materials as listed on the Sacred Ground Webpage.  


A. Watch:

  • Documentary: Dawnland (54 min)

  • Documentary: Repairing the Breach: The Episcopal Church and Slavery Atonement (31 min)

B. Read:

  • Selection from book: America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege,and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis (Ch. 4 and pgs. 215 – 217)

  • Core book: Jesus and the Disinherited (Ch. 5)

C. Review the following off of the ASEC webpage under Sacred Ground:

  • “Becoming Beloved Community”

  • “Repentance and Reconciliation”

D. Optional:

  • In preparation for our “Next Steps” meeting, start reviewing the resource found on the ASEC webpage / Learn / Sacred Ground / Where We Go From Here.


2. Discussion questions to consider:

  • Session Ten focuses on our response to racism and our call as Christians to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.

  • In response to Dawnland, what was the biggest take-away? The biggest caution?

  • How would you define the following today:

    • Racism?

    • Repentance?

    • Reconciliation? 


  • How would you understand repentance and reconciliation in the context of racial healing?


  • How do you see Thurman’s chapter on Love in the context of Becoming Beloved Community?


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