Now for something less palatable.
50 years ago the Newfoundland Government and the Moravian Church asked the people of Hebron to assemble in the local church for an announcement. That announcement and the ensuring relocation of the people of Hebron have received wide publicity this year.
There was an apology issued by the Newfoundland Government, a plaque laying ceremony in Hebron to honor the relocatees and it is recorded that at least one of the Moravian ministers had regrets about the way the official parties conducted themselves in that sad part of Labrador History.
Fast forward to 2009 and we seem to be repeating history, or at least some misguided souls are gung-ho on doing so.
These past couple of years and specifically this year Nain has had several groups of Christian fundamentalists [CF] visit. These CF are usually the guests of an ensconced Nain based Christian fundamentalist [NbCF].
This spring one group of these CF along with the NbCF asked the local Moravian church elders if they could do a service and prayer in their church. This was agreed to, along with one of the elders agreeing to read a prayer.
The elder who agreed to read a prayer asked to see a copy of the prayer prior to the service; this was denied by the CF/NbCF.
So the service and prayer went ahead. During the prayer reading I believe the elder started to have second thoughts, but proceeded anyway.
At least one elder left the church during the reading, I am not aware of any other protestations made in public; though that does not mean that there have not been any.
The prayer read was titled Strategic Prayer Strategy: I have page one listed below and will put up the remaining three pages in later posts.