“We need community to continue and grow justice work,” says Hogeterp. “The work of justice is enhanced when we connect with people of faith, lean into worship and grow spiritual discipline.”
Editor Angela Reitsma Bick discusses race and reconciliation with Bernadette Arthur, Race Relations Coordinator (Canada) in the Christian Reformed Church in North America and Kim Radersma, Race Relations Facilitator.
It is timely that the Christian Reformed Church at its annual Synod this year will formally discuss the so-called Doctrine of Christian Discovery (DOCD). Both the DOCD and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Report (2015) deal with the unjust and prejudicial treatment of the First Nations peoples of North America by the European settlers.
A new version of the New Testament is underway, written by First Nations people, for First Nations people. Terry Wildman, a pastor at Northport Indian United Methodist Church in Michigan and director of Rain Ministries, initiated and is leading the project. OneBook Canada has partnered with Rain Ministries, and Wycliffe Associates is supporting this project…
That is what this Truth and Reconciliation process is about—truth and memory. A truth about our country that is still relatively unknown, but one that must be revealed and remembered if we are to move forward as a nation in honesty and respect.