This event has been postponed to early 2024. Watch future editions of The Mountain for more information.
On October 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Racial Healing & Justice Committee of the Diocese of Vermont will hold a pilot workshop for racial healing at St. Paul’s, White River Junction. Lunch will be provided. Everyone in the diocese is welcome to attend and help refine our diocese’s approach to racial healing work. To reserve a spot, email C.J. Spirito.
Led by Meg Fitch of St. Stephen’s, Middlebury, and Denise Noble of St. James, Essex Junction, both experienced Sacred Ground facilitators, the workshop will include Bible study; discussions and exercises about privilege and race; videos about Black and Indigenous experiences and history; and spiritual reflection. The committee has consulted with the Absalom Jones Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in preparation for the workshop.
“Working together, all things are possible. We believe that this effort will lead us and our diocese to transformation,” C.J. Spirito, head of Rock Point School and convener of the committee, said. “The committee’s collective goal is not to shame or blame, but to open people’s hearts and make the work of racial justice and healing part of our lifelong spiritual formation as followers of Jesus.”
The committee plans to learn from this pilot session and offer more workshops in 2024. Watch upcoming issues of The Mountain for updates.