Readers write: May 19, 2023 issue

May 18, 2023 | Opinion | Volume 27 Issue 10
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In response to various recent articles and letters about banning and cancel culture: Most of what I’ve seen, heard or read about cancel culture appears to define it as the denigration of those whose actions or ideas may fall short of perfection, by those who believe they have attained it.

—John Hildebrand, Mississauga, Ont.


The ban and cancel culture have similar goals

Re:Is the ban back” editorial, March 13.

Is it possible that at least one difference between fraternal admonition and cancel culture is the end goal? According to my understanding, the Christian ban is for the purpose of regaining the sinner.

What is the end goal of so-called cancel culture? Something along the lines of harm reduction and the end of victimization.

These two goals do not seem to be contradictory to me, or to the gospel as I understand it.

—Marco Funk (online comment)


Government doctrine

Re:An assumption of grace,” April 21.

Colonizers from Europe showed a European cultural belief system that existed in those centuries.

The explorers were working for the governments that paid their way and that shared the European culture of those who wrote the Doctrine of Discovery. Current governments should not use the Doctrine to duck responsibility for a preceding government’s actions.

It is likely more important for communities to learn to live together as equals than it is to get history right. But it is important that responsibility for remediation be placed where it belongs.

—Lois Epp (online comment)


In praise of the Enneagram

My initial response to Emily Summach’s article, “First Enneagram Prison Project launches in Saskatchewan,” (April 21) was a bit of resistance to yet another trendy way of doing ministry.

However, I recently read Darrell Heidebrecht’s A Little More Peace in the World, and I’m also rereading Phyllis Tickle’s The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.

The good news of Jesus obviously has already encountered a number of changing trends along with endless branding and rebranding of religions, including Christian denominations. The Bible also makes considerable reference to gifts of the Spirit, precisely as the early church was trying to get itself organized in a redemptive way.

I am now thinking that Amanda Dodge and Leanne Schellenberg—both mentioned in Summach's article—are using their gifts for a very good and redemptive purpose, and increasing the possibility of a little more peace in this world. Amen.

—Jacob Froese (online comment)

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