[ENS] Individuals or groups interested in learning more about Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith, are invited to an introductory webinar hosted by Katrina Browne, Sacred Ground curriculum developer, and producer/director of the acclaimed documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Browne will also be providing this information in the Diocese of Fond du Lac at the Traces of the Trade Gathering on April 13 in Stevens Point.
Built around a curriculum of powerful documentary films, videos, and readings, Sacred Ground is a 10-part series that considers some of the major chapters of the United States of America’s history of race and racism. It focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian American histories as they intersect with European American histories. It also invites participants to weave in the threads of personal and family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
In this webinar, Katrina Browne shares the “why and how” of the Sacred Ground series. She also walks participants through the online Sacred Ground curriculum and resources, including the password-protected pages, to provide participants with an overview of all the elements of this resource. There will also be time for questions.
“More than a teaching tool, Sacred Ground calls us into intentional, sustained circles in which we can pray, watch, share our own stories, reflect, wonder, reckon, heal, and commit to action. Think of it as a pilgrimage in place,” notes the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers.
Click here to begin to explore the Sacred Ground webpages, and to sign up to receive additional resources. Webinar support graciously provided by Episcopal Migration Ministries.
Data from the 2016 Parochial Reports of the Episcopal Church is now available in both English and Spanish here. The data reflects a continuation of recent trends, although rates of decline in such key figures as Average Sunday Attendance have decreased. Congregational income through pledges and other offerings has remained constant even as overall number of congregants has decreased.
"The loss of both baptized members and average Sunday attendance in the Diocese of Fond du Lac or both more than 20% over the past decade," noted Matthew Payne, Lay Canon for Administration. "Some decline comes from congregations cleaning up their books, especially when a new priest arrives, but the trend is significant. Giving to congregations parallels national findings and does shown a slight increase over the past 5 years."
The Parochial Report is the oldest, continuous gathering of data by the Episcopal Church. By tradition and canon, the reporting requirements are developed by the House of Deputies’ Committee on the State of the Church, using a form approved by the church’s Executive Council.
The newly posted documents include:
This posting was compiled from a release of The Episcopal Church.
St. Anne Episcopal Church, De Pere, is introducing a new ministry for the parish, Diocese and community at large. “Walking Through the Valley” is a faith-based ministry to those who have suffered a loss. This ministry aims to assist people in their journey by providing listening hearts, information and encouragement. Walking Through the Valley consists of three offerings:
Complete information and registration is available at stannes.us.
Are you looking to deepen your devotion through prayer and reflection? Is this something you might want some assistance in on a daily basis? We suggest you visit the Diocese of Fond du Lac Devotional Resources webpage. A number of links are provided to quality tools of reflection, many of which have email subscription options. We hope you will visit today. diofdl.org/resourcedevotion.