Act of Repentance stirs and challenges

“An Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples” engaged the 2012 General Conference to remember, repent and make a commitment to an ongoing transformational relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Thom White Wolf Fassett spoke “From the People.” Dr. George Tinker’s “word” encouraged all to make “No Apologies. Just Repent. Seriously.” The music of Marcus Briggs-Cloud was stirring. Delegates were invited to collect a rock from the symbolic river that ran along the center aisle of the plenary floor and to keep that rock as a reminder and active symbol encouraging continuing repentance.


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Bishops
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