In addition to stories of the great work of and supported by United Methodist Women, the section introductions in this issue include excerpts from “Remembering the Sand Creek Massacre: A Historical Review of Methodist Involvement, Influence and Response,” a report by Gary L. Roberts to the 2016 General Conference. Now a book titled Massacre at Sand Creek published by Abingdon Press, it tells of a prominent Methodist layman and a Methodist preacher’s involvement in the slaughter of 230 peaceful Cheyennes and Arapahos—primarily women, children and elderly—living under the protection of the U.S. government along Sand Creek in Colorado Territory.
The Church has not always fought systemic injustice; it has sometimes been an instrument of it (or silent witness to it). In this time of Thanksgiving in our country we must remember that some of our blessings came at a cost. We must also remember that we are the Church, and it is our job to create a world in which all thrive—not just a few at the expense of the many. I believe we can do this. I believe we are doing this, or I wouldn’t be talking to you now. Women in mission, driven by faith, have changed, are changing and will continue to change the world for those on the margins, even in the face of powers perpetuating a status quo that leaves women, children and youth behind. You are disciples making disciples. I join you in repenting and working toward reconciliation with those our church has wronged, and I pray this month and every day that you are blessed as you bless. Happy Thanksgiving.