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Reflections on #PBGhana17 from Bishop Waldo

Cape Coast Castle- Friday, 27 January

Even larger numbers of enslaved persons passed through Cape Coast Castle and out its "door of no return" than at Elmina Castle. The first Anglican church in Ghana was organized in this castle by the British during slavery, meaning that Anglicanism in Ghana began in a slave castle. Their cathedral, in which we worshiped, was later built across the street. The dissonance is crushing.

And yet.

Only by feeling the dissonance can I even begin to appreciate the inimical magnitude of slavery's legacy. It is the ultimate dehumanization. The ultimate "It" in of human relationships, to reference Martin Buber's classic (and right now, deeply timely) book, "I and Thou." The only path to healing--especially for those of us whose baptismal vows call us to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself" and to "respect the dignity of every human being"--is to develop truthful, intentional relationships with those whom we reject, dismiss, make uncharitable assumptions about, hate. Blaming and shaming seem to succeed only in creating ever more "It"s, more enemies, more people who just give up on conversation.

"Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you," Jesus says. "What good is it if you love those who love you?" Important words when we're tempted to retreat into our safe and sometimes self-indulgent echo chambers and silos where we can escape having to deal with people we don't like.

Having stolen and crushed millions of lives over centuries through slavery, the way to enter the "door of return" is for millions of us willingly to undertake the dissonant but courageous work of reaching out to those who have suffered most from slavery's legacy. Tell the truth. Listen. Love. Expect nothing in return. Hope for new sight, new understanding, a new friend.

Try to reach out--without blaming, judgment or condemnation--to those who think there is no racism problem and hear their story. Tell yours. Say "I" instead of "you," "we," or "they."

I have plenty of my own work to do on this. It will be hard.

These last days have put "vivid" into why hard must be met.


  • Bishop Waldo Calls to Order
  • Bishop Greg Rickel on Stewardship
  • Leadership Day
  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
  • Ms. Terri Mathes
  • Closing Plenary Before Evensong
  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
  • Christ Church Before Evensong
  • Gravatt Booth
  • Thompson Booth
  • Canterbury Booth
  • Sewanee Booth
  • Business Day
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