The United Church is a single denomination, the largest protestant church in Canada.
It was formed in 1925 (created by the government, actually) when
the Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists fused.
Letter to the United Church of Canada from Kevin Annett, author of LOVE
AND DEATH IN THE VALLEY
March 23, 2004
An Open Letter to the United Church of Canada : Let Justice Begin in your own Back Yard, and Church Yard
Dear members and officials of the United Church,
In recent weeks, you have made public statements of concern about the
aboriginal women and children who
have disappeared in Vancouver's downtown eastside, and along the "Highway
of Tears" west of Prince George.
I am perplexed why you have not made a similar outcry about the thousands
of aboriginal women and children
who disappeared in the Indian residential schools run by your church
across Canada until the 1980's.
While lawsuits brought against you have forced you to admit to sexually
violating generations of Indian
children in these "schools", you have remained continually silent about
the allegations of murder,
torture, involuntary sterilizations, and mass graves brought against
you by the same native men and women
who have successfully sued you for their sexual abuse.
How do you answer these allegations?
I have been taken to many sites on Canada's west coast where survivors
claim that hundreds, perhaps thousands
of Indian children are buried in secret, after having died in United
Church residential schools.
Why have your voices and consciences not been lifted on behalf of THOSE
disappeared Indian people?
Do you not realize that simple decency requires that, first and foremost,
you help the relatives of these
fallen children locate and recover their hidden remains, so that they
can receive a proper burial, and
their souls may finally be at rest?
What is stopping you from doing so?
Do you not realize that your words of "healing" and "concern" for native
people today are empty and
meaningless, when you refuse to start at square one, and help find
the women and children who were made to
disappear by your own clergy and employees?
Sadly, until the first lawsuits were brought against you by native survivors
of the residential schools in
1996, you remained silent about ANY of your crimes in these "schools".
The commands of lawyers appear to
have outweighed the dictates of your own consciences - and the requirements
of the Gospels. Before the world,
you have declared by your silence that your money and worldly power
is more important to you than is doing
what is right by your victims.
Perhaps it is suddenly safe and politically expedient for you to "apologize"
today, and "stand in
solidarity" with the people you once tried to exterminate. Now that
so many aboriginal survivors
have been silenced by legal gag orders and paltry out of court financial
settlements won by your lawyers, it
is undoubtedly possible for you to have your cake and eat it, too:
to appear to do the right thing by native
people without having to risk losing any money or property or credibility.
If so, such careful, manipulative behaviour is certainly not an affirmation
of either your spiritual
and moral integrity, or your right to speak out on behalf of anyone
- least of all the native people whom
you continue to wrong by your refusal to take responsibility for their
murder and disappearances in
your residential schools.
There is more than enough hypocrisy in our sad world. You are simply
adding to it in a particularly
grotesque manner by posturing as the defenders of native people when
their blood is still fresh upon
your collective hands.
There is a way for you to wash off this terrible stain from your church
and lives, but it doesn't lie through
self-justifying behaviour, or by following the instructions of the
lawyers who unfortunately run your church.
To get right again, you must follow the advice of your own Bible, and
as the Book of Lamentations and all the
Prophets prescribe, stand naked before God, and "rend your hearts,
and not your garments". You must know the
truth of what you have done, and speak it honestly and publicly - even
at the cost of your property, and bank
accounts, and very lives. You must simply admit to your wrong, and
agonize for forgiveness, as any
oppressor must do to get healed.
You must know that it is you yourselves who are in need of healing -
from the stain of murder, and lies,
and mass denial. You have betrayed and dishonoured your own soul, and
your own God - and as your own
teachings command, such a spiritual wrong, such apostasy, can only
be answered by an ending: a dying
to yourselves and to all the filth you collectively carry.
A good man whom you claim to worship once did what you are refusing
to do, and found that by dying to
ourselves out of love for the Truth, we can discover paradise, and
Do you actually believe this? Are you his followers in more than name?
The world is waiting to see.
In that hope, I remain,
Rev. Kevin D. Annett
Maple Ridge, BC V4R 1H6
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