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.
But this I do know. I am a Christian. And I was created as equally and as belovedly by God as every other human being on this earth. I know that this world has both darkness and light and that the world looks toward the United States as a privileged beacon of hope and safety, freedom and opportunity.
As the Rev. Randy Callender preached on Pentecost, "But it is my responsibility to address the reality of evil, to help you see God's peace in the midst of chaos. It is my calling to help you fight for air, to fight for breath when the world is causing you to say, 'I can't breathe.'"
The only way to end the violence - and that is the violence perpetrated against Black bodies, not the mere looting of stuff - is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the actions that we have committed as a country. A full accounting of what we have done. The complete truth of what we have done, no lies, no "Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights," no more "law and order" as a justification for evil.
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…