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.
On September 12, 2020, the 236th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland passed Resolution 2020-06, committing to creating a $1,000,000 seed fund for reparations 189 – 31, with nine abstentions – an 82.5% approval. The Rev. Dion Thompson of St. Anne’s, Annapolis, commented that “This is a bold, bold step… and this might be the first step in thinking of what we can do for the Native American community or other communities that are oppressed. We are trying to heal this nation.”
What can be learned from examining the answers to a few questions posed in 1844? One obvious observation is that while white clergy did not seem to be opposed to baptizing, marrying, or burying African Americans, they were less committed to holding special religious services or teaching African Americans the faith. Preparing African Americans for confirmation and thereby including them as communicants of the parish, was even more rare
On Saturday morning, at least a dozen people took part in a prayer walk in honor of 2020 gun violence victims. "To keep their memory alive, and to honor their dignity and their beloved-ness," said Rev. Canon Scott Slater with the Episcopal Diocese of [Maryland].
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…