The Episcopal Churches of Maryland commemorated the 150th anniversary of the official abolishment of chattel slavery in Maryland on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 2014, with the Trail of Souls: Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage.
ON THE TRAIL OF SOULS
A PILGRIMAGE TOWARDS TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION.
Juneteenth is an opportunity to tell and retell the story of the consequences of racism and the ongoing struggle for Black and Brown people; indeed for ALL racial minorities in a nation that is so often willing to ignore, if not deny, the reality of structural and pervasive racism. Black and Brown people have suffered generations of trauma, physical violence, and deaths, and exclusion from fair opportunities for economic growth and the full participation in the benefits of citizenship.
As a result of the second clinic, St. Paul's and Communion Way of the Cross Church are now engaged in conversation with the Calvert Health Department to partner in communication about services available, as well as exploring ways to provide spaces and events to aid in community health. For St. Paul's this falls directly into the purview of our mission statement: “We believe that through our Baptism, Christ calls the Church to be a place of healing, wholeness and hope.”
We know that we need good policing in our communities. We honor and respect those police officers and other first responders who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect us. The overwhelming majority of them are good people, and we pray for their safety and the courage to perform their duties for the common good. But we need them also to have the courage to call out and challenge the racist language and practices of the few that mar the good name of the many faithful servants – much like so many did in the George Floyd trial, including the Minneapolis Police Chief and several other officers.
Making a pilgrimage to holy places is an ancient discipline filled with the past, present, and future. On this 153rd commemoration of Maryland’s constitutional end of chattel slavery, more than 80 pilgrims followed the trail of souls who lived and worked, worshipped and prayed, slave and free, in Baltimore City. READ MORE…