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  • February 25, 2009

    The Truth of History and Reconciliation


    On Sunday I was able to attend a quite fascinating presentation at Wesley on the History of the Mormons–I read about Mormon history when I was young and so wanted to know more. The presentation by Dr. Richard E. Turleywas a clear and focused discussion of the ‘meadows massacre’. This is a particularly painful part of the history which has been the object to scholarly investigation in recent decades. This violent incident of the 1850’s–now understood more clearly–needs to be acknowledged in order to be healed. Healing in a community, even 150 years later, can be difficult. This seems to be true for humans in many parts of the world. I was very impressed witht his effort to come to grips with the past in order to move into the future.