Sacred Ground Reflection: Cindy Logan & Barbara Hume

As we approach Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we'll be sharing reflections from members and facilitators from our six Sacred Ground Dialogue Circles at Grace. "Sacred Ground" is a film and readings-based curriculum created by the Episcopal Church that invites us to enter into a personal and corporate journey to understanding through America's history of race and racism. We've been privileged to join other parishes around the country in a response to our calling as people of faith as we reckon with our own complicity in the injustice of racism and step more fully into our part in building what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the Beloved Community." Read more about Sacred Ground dialogue circles here.

Photo: John McKenzie

The Sacred Ground experience continues to be an amazing experience for me personally.
At this halfway point, I find myself drawn to the references in the New Testament of the injustices that surrounded Jesus when He was here on earth. The Roman occupation and cruel leaders, the hatred between Jews, Samaritans, Tax Collectors, the outcasting of the Lepers and the Lame and the disparity of wealth.
Jesus experienced these first-hand here among us and I am comforted knowing that He understands our profound guilt, search for the truth, and determination for reparations.
--Cindy Logan

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Perceptions of Beauty 

by Barbara Hume

I was born white
    but saw black skin as shimmering
I was born white
    but listened to Aretha and Motown
I was born white
    but moved to Soul Train and NOT the Bandstand crowd.

What makes my whiteness so foreign?
Maybe the answer is privilege.
Privilege isolates and alienates.

Have you ever felt barricaded inside your history?
James Baldwin had an answer.
He said rather than see black as “a most disagreeable mirror”
              of white privilege...
Look for the beauty in the “other.”

Sir Newton studied color.
He found all colors are one thing.
Move towards...and not away -
You then see the beauty of the “other.”

The existence of one color
reflects the properties of the other color
...when one moves towards the other.
If they don’t move -
they remain different - and - divided.

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