Racial Understanding and Equity

Now is the time to look at ourselves honestly. To name and challenge the patterns of racism and bias that have characterized the dominant culture in our nation. We can do this in the ways that we pray and speak and act.

Winter 2020/2021
We have formed a group to participate in Sacred Ground, a unique and thought-provoking program created by the Episcopal Church to build Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. We will begin the program on Sunday, December 6 at 5 pm and meet every 2 weeks via Zoom.

Registration for this program session is now closed.
If registered, link to Zoom meeting:


[Meeting ID: 828 0901 3521; Passcode: 485744]

We plan to offer subsequent sessions in 2021 if there is interest.

The 10-part program is a film- and readings-based dialogue, grounded in faith. As a group, we will explore chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

Explore the Sacred Ground series website to learn more. 


General Discussion Resources

Sandy’s Sermon on Racial Injustice

The Episcopal Church: Responding to Racial Violence Web Page

ECCT Season of Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Web Page

On Being podcasts with Krista Tippett:
John Lewis, Love in Action, posted on July 23, 2020

John Lewis: Together You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation, posted July 9, 2020


Selected Discussion Resources

Stereotypes of privileged white women. 

Barriers to police reform, both nationally and in Connecticut. 

 A look at housing discrimination in Connecticut.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Emmanuel Acho. A recommended starting episode is Race vs. Religion.

Problem Areas HBO series
Introduced in April 2018, the series follows comedian and writer Wyatt Cenac as he brings unique perspectives to systemic issues. Warning: there is some irreverent language, which we hope does not offend.
Read a NYT commentary on the Problem Areas series
• Link to episode 1 on YouTube

Where Do We Go From Here?, a 2-part YouTube video facilitated by Oprah Winfrey and featuring a panel of American Black leaders. Part 1; Part 2

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Link to 1-hour YouTube video featuring Ibram Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist.

The documentary 13th, available on Netflix. Link to official trailer on YouTube.

Waking Up White by Debby Irving


03jan5:00 pm6:30 pmSacred GroundSacred Ground -- a 10-week study program. Registration is Closed.5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The Corrymeela Community

A prayer in times of violence
God of all humanity
in times of violence
we see how inhuman we can be.
We pray for those who, today,
are weighed down by grief.
We pray for those who, yesterday,
were weighed down by grief.
And the day before,
and all the days before the day before.
We pray, too, for those who help us turn towards
justice and peace.
Turn us all towards justice and peace
because we need it.


O God.  You have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth.
Help us to see your likeness in every person