At the 2015 West Virginia Annual Conference, we experienced informational presentations on what will happen at the General Conference in regards to the Act of Repentance towards the Native American people.
I will be honest with you. I have a difficult time participating in such things given my heritage and the fact that I was not around in 1830. But, that is trivializing what our heritage as Americans consists of, including the forced relocation and attempted genocide of the Native American people.
I sat through some visually and orally powerful presentations and kept hearing about the past.
At no point should you think that I mean I do not think that we as Americans owe a debt of apology. Indeed, we have broken treaty after treaty with the Native American people. We still take their land when it suits our purposes. We still abuse slurs against them for our entertainment. There are, simply and mildy, a lot of abuses still ongoing by our government and the First Peoples.
I heard a lot about the history of abuse against the Native American people, but nothing about our current occupation of their culture. I hope that The United Methodist Church, when “finished” with this Act of Repentance, continues to inform its members that this soul wound continues and how it continues because of our present government.