Through interest from many parishioners, St. James’ has formed a Racial Justice & Reconciliation Commission to do our part in the community.  This group of active volunteers meets regularly and is committed to sharing important information to St. James’ Family regarding Racial Justice.  This Commission will share resource material here and within the weekly newsletter.  Be sure to check out the “Did you know?” articles in the weekly helping to share facts and insights. And monthly, there are events and programs sponsored to help educate and open our minds!

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Sacred Ground Sessions to Begin in the Fall

Sign Up for Sacred Ground Beginning this Fall!

Sign up now for the chance of a lifetime! Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be in Central New York this December to meet with those in the CNY Diocese who have participated in Sacred Ground Circles. Sacred Ground learning sessions have been offered in the past and will be starting up again in the fall.  These will be all by Zoom to begin right after Labor Day.

To sign up, please call Michael Larkin at the parish office 315.685.7600 with your contact information and day or evening time preference.

Questions? Please contact Linda Lavery at 315 439 8923 or email at

What is Sacred Ground?

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.


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