of painful experiences won't change the past
change the future."
have a task more difficult, perhaps, than those faced by us under
South Africa's apartheid,
or Christians under
Communism. We had obvious evils to engage; you have to
unwrap your culture
from years of red,
white and blue myth.
You have to expose, and
confront, the great disconnect between
compassion and caring of most American people,
and the ruthless way
American power is experienced,
indirectly, by the poor of the earth.
You have to help good
people see how they have let their institutions do their sinning for
This is not easy among
people who really believe that their country does nothing but good,
but it is necessary,
not only for their future,
but for us all."
President of the Methodist Church,