The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Perspective: Be the healers

Christians must lead in reconciliation efforts

As I return to the United States from my time as a human-rights worker in Iraq, I've been forewarned that I'm entering a country that has lost its innocence. The photos of torture that took place in our military-run prison camps made the realities of our military occupation impossible to ignore.

Many soldiers and members of our administration — both people in low and high positions — knew of, encouraged and participated in the abuse of Iraqis' basic human rights. We replaced oppression with oppression. We wonder how we got where we are.

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