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Wrongs to Rights

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

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Veiled hostility

Open conflict in the church is a very ugly thing.  No one wants to see followers of the Prince of Peace going at it tooth and nail.  It really leaves a negative taste in people’s mouths.

So does that mean we try to get along in God’s house?  Well, hopefully!  But it also means that sometimes we just hide or submerge our conflicts, we veil our hostility.  And that isn’t healthy either.

We have to face it, no group of people is going to be without conflict.  That’s a fact of life.  The issue we have as the church is whether we can agree and disagree in love.

This week we’re going to try to address what to do about dividing walls of hostility.  But before we do that we have to really take a deep look and ask ourselves, what are these dividing walls?

This week’s prayer:  Dear Lord, give us eyes to see the walls we make, so we  may work these walls to break!

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