I'm sorry for apologizing! Honest!
Canada's preoccupation to rewrite history
It seems to be in vogue for Canadian politicians -- even churches -- to apologize for actions taken generations ago. We appear to be confronted with an Apology of the Week from provincial and federal governments. I have nothing against apologies. After all, Canadians are known for saying "I'm sorry" for no particular reason.
It is one thing -- even noble -- to apologize for something that we said or did. It is never appropriate to apologize for something that someone else said and did... 50 years ago.
The stream of apologies began as a result of the Truth and Reconciliation Report that grew out of the treatment of aboriginal students in church-run residential schools. What happened to some of those students was horrific: abuse, beating, segregation. We need to deeply regret that chapter in our history.
But at that time -- the 1950s and 1960s -- Canadian denominations, in partnership with the federal government, saw the residential school system as a meaningful way to bring "Indian" children out of poverty by giving them an education, food and shelter. It was a meaningful, significant act on the part of the church (and government).
Apologies have been flowing fast and furious ever since: the government apologizing for the segregation of Japanese Canadians in concentration camps in B.C.; refusing to allow ships filled with refugees to land in Canada. (I have yet to hear the German government apologizing for the holocaust)
The Christian Reformed Church of North America was recently about to apologize for their treatment of Navajo children in residential schools in New Mexico ... until those children -- now adults -- and their progeny told the church in no uncertain terms NOT to apologize. The survivors said that, without those residential schools, they would never have been exposed to the gospel and untold generations of Navajo people would not be Christians today.
Each culture, each generation, has its moral values. Who are we to apologize for the actions of those who lived a generation or two ago and who thought they were doing the right thing!
One can't help but wonder what our grandchildren will be asked to apologize for: Our preoccupation with climate change? Our treatment of homosexuals and the LGBTQ community? Our Christian embrace of capitalism? Our passion for isolationism as witnessed with Brexit and the popularity o Donald Trump?
As Christian business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs, there may be a need to apologize. But we only need to apologize for our past actions, no one else's. We may need to apologize for mis-treatment of our employees or customers, for losing our moral compass, or for clinging to power and control. That happens after a change of heart or a wake-up call. That happens after we have grown and matured in our faith.
Canadian Christian Business Federation
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BEAMSVILLE, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.
BRAMPTON, NO MEETINGS – Evening 7:30 p.m., Community Room above Fortino’s, 35 Worthington Ave. (off Bovaird), Brampton; Iloma Brown, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, August 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, July 6; August 3 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, July 8; August 5 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Manley and Daniel Botha, facilitators.
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, July 20; August 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Sttreet, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.
EDMONTON AM, Thursday, July 26 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
EDMONTON NIGHTLIFE, Monday, July 11, 7 p.m. Ricky’s Restaurant, 12707 140 Ave NW; Dwight Hayes, facilitator.
FONTHILL, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Bailey O’Grady’s Restaurant, 124 Hwy. 20 East, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.
FORT ERIE, Friday, July 29; Friday, August 26 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.
GUELPH, Tuesday, August 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KINGSTON, Friday, Sept. 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Keith Knight, facilitator
KITCHENER, Thursday, August 18 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.
LONDON BREAKFAST, Wednesday, July 27; Aug. 24 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
LONDON LUNCH, NO MEETINGS – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator
MARKHAM, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETINGS – Dinner 7 p.m., Swiss Chalet, 5980 McLauglin Road, Mississauga; Diana Budway, facilitator.
NEWMARKET, NO MEETINGS -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante and Paul Hilsden, facilitators.
NORTH YORK, Friday, June 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s 861 York Mills Road at Upjohn, North York; Michael Wong, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, NO MEETINGS – 12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, NO MEETINGS – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.
SASKATOON, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, NO MEETINGS – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.
SUMMERSIDE, NO MEETINGS – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.
TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, July 14 and 28 (BBQ), Aug. 11 and 25 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.
TORONTO (PEOPLE'S CHURCH), Wednesday, Aug. 17 -- Launch of a new chapter, 7 a.m., The People's Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E.; Keith Knight, facilitator.
VANCOUVER, Tuesday, July 5 –Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Tim Spangler, facilitator.
WATERLOO, Friday, August 5 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WINDSOR, Saturday, June 25 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Ocean’s Restaurant, 2883 Howard Ave., just northwest of E.C. Row Parkway; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday, July 14; August 9 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.
WINGHAM, NO MEETINGS– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.