The Most Powerful Apology I’ve Ever Heard

Below, you’ll find the draft of a stunning public apology that was delivered exactly five years ago. What is the context? It’s painful to even describe this. Robin was the founding pastor of our church. He was married and had an inappropriate relationship with a female church member. He was removed by the church and everyone went through a period of healing. He returned and asked the church elders for an opportunity to publicly apologize. I attended and was deeply touched by the ‘forgiveness service.’ Read More »

An Unprecedented Public Apology. Part III.

In response to my last post, Kirsten commented: “Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony. It is an exceptional thing. I would love to know more about the role you played in this. … I’d also love to know how the church responded (or is responding).” So, here you go! A couple of years ago, […]

An Unprecedented Public Apology. Part II. 5.0 Stars (Out of 5)

Below, you’ll find the draft of a stunning public apology that was delivered to the church of which I’m a member on Friday evening, Feb. 20th, 2009.  I attended and was deeply touched by this ‘forgiveness service.’  When you are finished reading this, please post a comment:  Have you ever heard of such a meeting? […]

Announcement: An Unprecedented Public Apology. Part I.

This e-mail was sent to our congregation in preparation for our Reconciliation Service with our former pastor: If you weren’t at Grace this past Sunday, you may have missed my announcement that on February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary, we will be having a reconciliation service with our founding pastor, Robin. Over the […]