No Justice, no Point
What a beautiful, heart-breaking and deeply moving response, David! My DNA shows that I am 17 percent Irish. I always thought it would be 50%, to be honest. And, as a kid, I dreamed of having Boudica’s soul and her strength.
You might be interested in this letter from our then Presiding Bishop regarding the Episcopal Church’s repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery as it addresses so much of your beautifully written response and the cry of your soul. There are some informative and helpful links provided, too.
The gist? “Colonists, settlers, and homesteaders benefited enormously from the availability of “free” land, and their descendants continue to benefit to this day. That land was taken by force or subterfuge from peoples who had dwelt on it from time immemorial – it was their “promised land.” The nations from which the settlers came, and the new nations which resulted in the Americas, sought to impose another culture and way of life on the peoples they encountered. Attempting to remake the land and peoples they found “in their own image” was a profound act of idolatry.
Repentance and amendment of life are the answer, and God asks us all – this Church, our partners and neighbors, and the nations which were founded under the Doctrine of Discovery - to the challenging work of reconciliation.”
May we accept this great call to this “challenging work of reconciliation” which can come only after we first confess our sin of conquest and enslavement of people.
Thank you so much for sharing your moving thoughts, David. You have truly moved my heart and re-lit the dimming light of hope in what have been a few dark months.
Bless you, Peacemaker.
Allāhumma ġfir lī, wa-rḥam-nī, wa-hdi-nī, wa ʿāfi-nī, wa-rzuq-nī
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.~ Rumi