This Sunday, we kick off a month-long exploration into a discussion that affects all of us. For the next few weeks, we’re going to look into one of the moments in history when church was not at its best. And we need to hear this truth.
The recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, published in 2015, details just how much churches participated in the systemic cultural genocide of First Nations people across the country of Canada. And this doesn’t include just particular denominations or particular churches. It largely includes all of us who were doing church in Canada over the last 200-300 years.
But we believe there is hope. Hope both for our First Nations brothers and sisters and for the church. The TRC is a step forward in hope. Now, the next step is for us to listen, learn,and discern how we will respond to the evidence of history.
This Sunday, Tom Neufeld will share with us on some of the history behind the church’s colonialism and exploitation of First Nations peoples, and he will share this within the context of stories within the Bible itself where people of faith decided that it was okay to harm and exclude a particular race or group of people.
To get the conversation started, here’s a video from Mennonite Church Canada connected to the TRC sessions that took place in Montreal in 2013. We think this will be of great value for you to check out before we begin on Sunday