There’s so much to distill from Church Unbound. I had my daughter with me. She got sick, so I ended up missing a bit of it with the juggling. I haven’t been to a Presbyterian conference in… oh… ten years. Yikes. The last one I went to was during my first year in ministry.
The crowd was interesting. It was an intentionally mixed group, meaning that the organizers were looking for a wide array of people. I’m not exactly an insider in the PCUSA… I didn’t grow up in the denomination, and did I mention that I haven’t been to a Presbyterian conference in ten years? But I found that I had a lot of connections: colleagues, seminary friends, professors, employers, and bloggers. I met many facebook friends for the first time. It was great to catch up.
It was my first time to stay overnight at Montreat. And there’s one piece of information that has been haunting me. During one of the CCAM gatherings, the speaker explained that there used to be Japanese internment camps in Montreat.
I heard it second hand, and it was terrible to hear. What saddened me even more was that evidently, we’ve never apologized. I’m not sure we’ve openly told the truth about it. And we haven’t asked for forgiveness or reconciliation.
Another one of the speakers said that Americans read history without any sense that we’ve ever done anything wrong. I would have to disagree. At least, on a personal level. Maybe it’s because I’m a cynical Gen Xer, but I’m frequently horrified. Who wouldn’t be after seeing pictures from Abu Ghraib? We have done so many things wrong….
Perhaps I’m not being a responsible blogger, disseminating unverified, information, that has come to me after two degrees of separation. Please, if my facts are incorrect, or if you have more information, just respond.
If the facts are not wrong, then why aren’t we apologizing?