Bishop DeDe undertakes “Sacred Ground” pilgrimage

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” These words of Maya Angelou’s are emblazoned on the side of The Legacy Museum in Selma, Alabama. Run by the Equal Justice Initiative, the museum traces the United States’ legacy of racial injustice from enslavement through Jim Crow and present-day mass incarceration. Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe and colleagues visited The Legacy Museum yesterday as part of weeklong pilgrimage. (Photo by Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe)

In 2021, Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe and a number of her colleagues in the House of Bishops formed a Sacred Ground circle to explore the history and legacy of racism in the United States. Sacred Ground is an intensive 10-session curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church. Small groups engage challenging, healing conversations about race, grounded in faith.

This week, our bishop and others from her Sacred Ground circle are in Alabama for a racial justice pilgrimage, visiting civil rights landmarks, museums, and memorials in Montgomery and Selma. Episcopal News Service reports on their itinerary and its impact.

Bishop DeDe will share some of this journey on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30 a.m. as part of her weekly Coffee & Conversation” series on Facebook Live:

Explore Sacred Ground

If you’re interested in starting a Sacred Ground circle in your church or neighborhood, the following resources are available:

  • Visit to learn more about the curriculum;
  • Join the Sacred Ground team for an informational webinar next Tuesday, February 15th, 2:00-2:30 p.m. (Register here);
  • Contact any member of the diocesan staff—we’ve been working through the Sacred Ground series together and will be happy to share our experience!

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