HOLY GROUND, INC.
Holy Ground Inc. records, 1993-2009.

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-4166

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/rq1z5


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Holy Ground, Inc.
Title: Holy Ground Inc. records, 1993-2009.
Call Number:Record Group No. 061
Extent: 7 cubic feet (15 boxes)
Abstract:Contains the organizational records for Holy Ground, Inc., a non-profit center for spiritual retreat, religious exploration, and interfaith dialogue.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Holy Ground, Inc. records, RG 061, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Elizabeth Arnold and Brandon Wason, July 2016.


Collection Description

Historical Note

Holy Ground, Inc. was founded in 1993 by Sandra Smith and Dorri Sherrill, two graduates of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Both wanted to recreate the theologically diverse, pro-woman environment for religious and spiritual inquiry they experienced in seminary. They established Holy Ground, Inc. in Asheville, North Carolina as a center for spiritual retreat, religious exploration, and interfaith dialogue—all with an eco-feminist foundation.

Over the next fifteen years, Holy Ground hosted speakers ranging from distinguished biblical scholars to various artists to prominent religious figures. The center facilitated educational seminars on topics including ethics, social justice, political activism, self-care, and creative living. Retreats included a yearly mother-daughter weekend, labyrinth meditation walks, guided hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and silent retreats on solstice days.

Holy Ground, Inc. dissolved in 2009 as the result of the economic hardships for non-profit organizations during recession years and the resignation of inspirational executive director Sandra Smith. The organizational records were returned to Candler School of Theology, the conceptual birthplace of Holy Ground, Inc.

Scope and Content Note

Holy Ground, Inc. records features both the public promotional materials, records, and literature along with the internal correspondence, planning, and organizational materials. Also included are financial and administrative records, board minutes, and legal documents designating both their corporate and non-profit status.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into five series: (1) administrative records, (2) correspondence, (3) financial records, (4) publications, and (5) workshops, seminars, and events.

Series 1—Administrative records: Encompasses board minutes, articles of corporation, dissolution materials and documents, and non-profit status records.

Series 2—Correspondence: Includes letters from encouragement and contribution, planning for various speakers/presenters, and follow-up correspondence for various topics and events.

Series 3—Financial records: Consists of budget records, fundraising materials, and grant applications.

Series 4—Publications: Entails newsletters, scrapbook materials, an academic paper detailing the organization’s narrative, and a cookbook published by Holy Ground.

Series 5—Workshops, seminars, and events: Records community and organizational activities promoted and facilitated by Holy Ground.


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Container List

Administrative Records
Box Folder Content
1 1 501c Documents, 1994
1 2 Articles of Incorporation, 1994
1 3 Board Minutes, 1994-1996
1 4 Board Minutes, 1997-1998
1 5 Board Minutes, 1999
1 6 Board Minutes, 2000 February
1 7 Board Minutes, 2000 June
1 8 Board Minutes, 2000 September
1 9 Board Minutes, 2001 February
1 10 Board Minutes, 2001 June
1 11 Board Minutes, 2001 September
1 12 Board Minutes, 2002
1 13 Board Minutes, 2003
2 1 Board Minutes, 2004-2005
2 2 Board Minutes, 2006
2 3 Board Minutes, 2007
2 4 Board Minutes, 2008-2009
2 5 Charitable Solicitation Licensure
2 6 Dissolution Legal Documents, 2009
2 7 Fundraising and Strategic Planning
Correspondence
3 1 "Contemplation and Activism," 2004-2005
3 2 Letters of Support
3 3 Potential Speakers, 2001-2005
3 4 Simple Living Workshop, 2002
Financial Records
3 5 10th Anniversary Speaker and Budget, 2004
3 6 Board Notebook Records--Minutes and Finances, 2008
4 1 Faith Community Companions, 2001-2005
4 2 Finances, 1994-1999
4 3 Finances, 2000-2004
4 4 Finances, 2005
4 5 Finances, 2006-2007
4 6 Finances, 2008-2009
4 7 Funding Sources, 1993-2009
5 1 Grant Applications, 1994-2009
5 2 Mother's and Father's Day Fundraiser, 2001-2006
5 3 Soul Circles: Spiritual Resource Project Sponsers, 2005-2008
5 4 Valparaiso Grant Application, 2005
Publications
5 5 "At the Intersection of Sacred Circles and Public Squares: The Story of Holy Ground"
5 6 Feasting on Food and the Enneagram (cookbook), 2005
6 1 Newletters, 1994-1997
6 2 Newletters, 1998-2001
6 3 Newletters, 2002-2005
6 4 Newletters, 2006-2009
6 5-6 Scrapbook, Vol.1
6 7-8 Scrapbook, Vol.2
Workshops, Seminars, and Events
7 1 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit and Silent Auction, 2004
7 2 "Activism and Spiritual Life" Project Descriptions, 2004
7 3 Advent Retreat with Fred Craddock, 1998
7 4 Amy-Jill Levine Lecture, 2002
7 5 Barbara Hughes Art and Healing Event, 2007
7 6 Book Discussions, 2002
7 7 Buddhism and Christianity Seminar, 1998
7 8 "Call of the Wild" Journaling Seminar, 2008
7 9 Carol Newsom "Grace in Ruth and Babbette's Feast," 2001
8 1 "Confessions of a Deacon's Wife," 2008 April
8 2 "Creating Beloved Community" with bell hooks, 2001
8 3 Creativity-Centered Hike and Play Events, 2003
8 4 Dissolution Materials and Closing Ritual, 2009
8 5 Diversity Conversations, 2005-2007
8 6 "Drawing Deeply: Writing Over 70" Workshop, 2008
8 7 Earth Religions Workshop Materials, 2007
8 8 Eco-Feminism and Militarism Seminar, 2004
8 9 "Encountering the Religious Other" with Thomas Thangaraj, 1995, 2002
8 10 Enneagram Course, 2000-2004
9 1 Enneagram Workshop Series, 2006-2008
9 2 Environmental Seminar with Terry Tempest Williams, 2001
9 3 Feminism Course Materials, 2001
9 4 Feminist Bible and Forgiveness Event Records, 2008
9 5 Feminist Ethics and Beverly Wildung Harrison Conference, 2007
9 6 Feminist Leadership and Ethics, 2000-2001
9 7 "Feminist Spirituality" with Sister Miriam Therese Winter, 1999
9 8 "Festive and Frugal" Holiday Workshop, 2004
9 9 "Food as Sacred" Weekend Seminar with Sr. Miriam MacGillis, 2003
9 10 Forgiveness Retreat with Luther Smith, Jr.
9 11 "Forgiving Those Who Have Hurt You," with Sophy Burnham, 2008 November
9 12 Freeing Your Natural Voice
10 1 Healing and Hope Quilt Group, 2004-2005
10 2 Healing Service, 2004
10 3 Heart Listening Retreat with Dr. Elizabeth Canham, 2005
10 4 Holiday Art Exhibit, 2006
10 5 Holy Ground Anniversary Celebration, 2004
10 6 Holy Ground Art Exhibit Records, 2008
10 7 "In the Image of God" Feminist History and Language Seminar with Sara Evans, 2005
10 8 "Inquiry is Freedom" Workshop with Georgette Cressend, 2007 March
10 9 Interfaith Seder, 2007-2009
10 10 Interfaith Sharing Event, 2002
10 11 Introduction to Sufism with Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, 2005
10 12 Jan Richardson Art and Faith Retreat, 2001
10 13 Kind Communication Seminar with Cathy Holt, 2006
10 14 "Language of the Dream" Seminar
10 15 Laughter Yoga, 2008 October
10 16 Laybrinth Walk, 2001-2005
11 1 Laybrinth Walk, 2006-2008
11 2 Lectures with Roberta Bondi, 1994, 2002
11 3 Lesbian Spirituality, 2004
11 4 LGBT Educational Discussion
11 5 "Light in the Darkness" Epiphany Retreat, 2008 January
11 6 "Love's Long Uprising" Singing with Carolyn McDade, 2006
11 7 Luncheon Conversations, 1995-1999
11 8 Luncheon Conversations, 2000-2004
11 9 "Mary Magdalene" (Women in New Testament)
11 10 Men and Spirituality Brainstorming Records
11 11 Mindfulness Workshop, 2004
11 12 Mother-Daughter Retreat, 1998-2002
12 1 Nature Photography as Spiritual Connection Workshop, 2005
12 2 "Oikos" Workshop with William Everett, 2008 October
12 3 Old Growth Walk, 2007-2008
12 4 Outreach to Clergywomen, 2008
12 5 People's History of the US Book Discussion, 2007
12 6 Politics in Worship Workshop with Dr. William Everett, 2004
12 7 Prayer and Meditation Seminar, 2007
12 8 Progressive Islam Seminar with Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, 2006
12 9 Publicity
12 10 "Radical Gratitude" Workshop with Robin Carnes, 2007 November
12 11 Reclaiming our Sexual Lives Seminar with Rita Nakashima Brock, 2000
12 12 Religion and Peace: A Post 9/11 Response, 2002
12 13 "Resting in Our Deeper Selves" Workshop, 2006
12 14 Ritual Retreat with Gene Rollins, 1996
12 15 "Sabbath" Workshop, 2007
12 16 Sacred Circles Women's Spirituality Groups, 1999
12 17 Sara Jenkins Book Signing, 2008
13 1 Saving Jesus Seminar with Dr. Carter Heyward, 1997
13 2 Seasons of Contemplation and Inquiry Sessions, 2005
13 3 "Share Your Woman's Voice" Workshop, 2007
13 4 Shrine Art Project, 2006
13 5 Shrine Art Project, 2007
13 6 Silent Winter Retreat, 2002-2003
13 7 Simple Dying Seminar, 2008
13 8 Simple Living Workshop, 2002-2007
13 9 Simplicity Materials
14 1 Sister Helen Prejean Event, 1999
14 2 Solstice and Equinox Silence Retreats, 2008
14 3 Soul Circles: Spiritual Renewal for Healthcare Professionals, 2008
14 4 "Soul Work in the Second Half of Life" Workshop, 2006-2007
14 5 "Soulful Embodiment" Intensive Conference with Paula Reeves, 2008 September
14 6 "Soulful Embodiment" Seminar, 2007-2009
14 7 "Speak for Yourself" Weekly Workshop, 2006
14 8 Spiritual Activism Workshop with Claudia Horwitz, 2004
14 9 Spiritual Dimensions of Death and Dying Workshop, 2005-2006
14 10 Spiritual Resources for Community Leaders, 2007
14 11 "Spiritual Resources," 2005
14 12 Spirituality in the Second Half of Life Retreat with Dr. Maria Harris, 1997
14 13 "Stroll for your Soul", 2008
14 14 Summer Silence Retreat Notes, 2008 June
14 15 "The Art of Feeding the Spirit" with Jeanette Stokes
15 1 The Inverted Crow Booksigning and Discussion, 2006
15 2 "The Sacred Feminine in Mexican Culture" with Patricia Ortega, 2006
15 3 Urban Development/Asheville Demonstration
15 4 Various Hike Records, 2006-2008
15 5 Vision Quest Retreat, 2008
15 6 "Who is Jesus?" Seminar with John Dominic Crossan, 2000
15 7 Wiccan Religion Workshop, 2007 October
15 8 "Wick of Desire" Singing Event with Carolyn McDade, 2008 March
15 9 "Woman to Woman" Mentoring Series, 2006
15 10 Women in Islam Workshop, 2005
15 11 Women in the Old Testament Class, 2003
15 12 Women's Interfaith Seder, 2003-2005
15 13 Women's Meal Gatherings, 2000
15 14 Women's Seder, 2007
15 15 Women's Studies Promotion Seminar, 2008
15 16 "Writing from the Gut" Workshop, 2009 January
15 17 Writing the Spiritual Life Workshop, 2006
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