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Facing up to the past

By discussing Luther's anti-Jewish sentiments, a church and synagogue learn and grow

The forum shocked the Lutherans who didn't know about Martin Luther's anti-Jewish diatribes.

More than 100 Jews and Christians of various denominations discussed past wrongs and the future during the Forum on Forgiveness at Faith Lutheran Church, Bellingham, Wash.

"It was obvious the Jewish folks haven't forgotten Luther's angry words about them. But they made it clear that they don't hold their Lutheran neighbors accountable for them," said Norman Folkers, a retired ELCA pastor. "A spirit of healing was in the air."


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