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.
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.
As Christians, we must commit to the truth of Audre Lorde’s assertion that “there is no hierarchy of oppression,” and to remember that as the Body of Christ in the world, we are called to not only welcome all to God’s table, but to love all of God’s children. As a community of love, our diocese remains committed to creating and sustaining the beloved community as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called us to more than fifty years ago, and we express our love and support for our Asian brothers and sisters by standing in solidarity with them during these troubling times and beyond.
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…