Leaders in Eastern and Western Michigan are invited to be trained as facilitators to lead Sacred Ground circles for congregations and other groups in our dioceses.


Sacred Ground is an eleven-session film-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups gather as “circles,” walking through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The series focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. The series is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.

With several congregations and regions interested in developing Sacred Ground circles, our dioceses are in need of facilitators! We will offer three, three-hour opportunities to be trained as a facilitator this summer via Zoom. Those options are:

  • Wednesday, June 28th, 1-4pm
  • Thursday, July 13th, 6-9pm
  • Sunday, July 16th, 1-4pm

Following their training, facilitators will be equipped to host Sacred Ground circles in-person or on Zoom.

Participants must have participated in a Sacred Ground circle prior to training as a facilitator. Facilitators are welcoming, compassionate, and open to differences. They are sensitive to others’ feelings of stress or anger and able to diffuse tension. They are respectful listeners with flexibility and thoughtfulness.

Questions about this training? Please contact Mary Simpson, Data and Resource Coordinator for Dismantling Racism, at

Wednesday, June 28th


Thursday, July 13th


Sunday, July 22nd




There is no cost to attend the Sacred Ground Facilitator Training. Space is limited to no more than 15 people per session and registration will close for a particular session once the cap has been reached.

Please RSVP to receive your Zoom access information.