of – how substantive it is? It’s not saying
sorry, it’s truly being sorry.
The Church is often named as a contributing factor to the misappropriation of
culture, so we need to be at those tables
of government where the stories are being
articulated, whether it’s going across the
country and gathering in churches and
listening. We need to be at the tables with
people affected [and seeking] a long-term
solution. How are people impacted today
because of the history?
It’s being patient. It’s listening to the
point where listening even of itself becomes peace and reconciliation. It’s exploring “what will it take to bring peace?”
– and as you explore in that way reconciliation starts to happen.
The process is as important as the outcome. [Reconciliation doesn’t begin] until
you get people feeling the trust in the
room that allows them to tell the layers of
their story. The Church must be that safe
place, as well as that public place.
FT: As Evangelicals, have we moved past the
debate about evangelism versus social justice?
Are we finally getting it that both are needed?
CM: I think there’s been a movement toward understanding social justice prophetically and biblically, being concerned
with the well-being of converts as well as
the future eternity of the Good News we
preach. I also see where there is a divide
that still pulls us apart. The evangelical
community needs to continue to speak to
each other about its own understanding
of Scripture and really mean the prayer
that we would be one. That the world
wouldn’t know our differences, but would
know who Jesus is.
FT: You’ve been a leader who is a woman in
Canada and now globally for years. Is it easier
in 2017 than it might have been years ago?
CM: It’s easier to be a woman in leadership
if you’re not looking at the struggles of
women struggling to even have a position
in the world.
It’s easier if you want to sanitize yourself with your position and be satisfied
with it, and not be bothered by the horrible atrocities women experience in the
world today. If you start to bridge what has
been your own privilege with women who
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