A Pilgrimage to Sacred Ground

In September a pilgrimage will begin that will take us into the Sacred Ground of learning, listening, and being transformed. This Sacred Ground into which we will journey is where racism, as in our history and as in our present time, defines America and Americans. This is a dis-ease that we have inherited; and perhaps unknowingly perpetuate. It is experienced with great and sometimes fatal consequences by persons of color; and those who are white carry the cost of maintaining a system of supremacy. We need only go to Luke 10:29 where we are asked, And who is my neighbor? This pilgrimage is about entering into Sacred Ground where we, as members of St. Peter’s, might initiate our process of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration.

Sacred Ground is eleven sessions beginning September 18, meeting biweekly, with timing adjustments around Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will meet on Sundays after the 11:00 a.m. service in the Library, gathering at 12:45 p.m. and starting at 1:00 p.m. (provision will be made for a simple meal at minimal cost). There is no financial cost for participating in Sacred Ground.

Father Murdock Smith and Joanne Jenkins will lead. Both participated in a Sacred Ground circle, and both have been trained as facilitators. Joanne Jenkins, a fellow Episcopalian, is well known as voice and worker for transformation. They will be the guides for the Pilgrimage. Father Murdock (frmurdocksmith@gmail.com, 704-607-5025) will be at the table in the Gallery after each service to answer your questions. Give thought and prayer about whether this is the time for you to participate.


Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:30 a.m., Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:00 a.m., Church and Livestream
Coffee Hour Fellowship, 12:15 p.m., Parish House Lobby
20s30s First Sunday Brunch, 12:15 p.m., meet in the Garden 

Seventh Street Parking Ramp Closed on Sunday. Roadwork will block access to the Seventh Street parking deck entrance. Please plan to enter on Eighth Street.

Limited handicapped parking is available on Sunday mornings in the small parking lot on 7th Street by Discovery Place. Look for the St. Peter’s Handicapped Parking sign. When parking here, please be mindful to not block any doors into Discovery Place; you will be asked to move if you do.