The Religion News Service reports that New York Protestant churches have apologized to Native Americans.
One of the nation’s first Protestant churches held a “healing ceremony” to apologize.
“We consumed your resources, dehumanized your people, and disregarded your culture, along with your dreams, hopes and great love of this land,” representatives from Collegiate Church said in a statement. “With pain, we the Collegiate Church, remember our part in these events.”
The Friday ceremony took place in lower Manhattan, where in 1628 Dutch colonizers built the first Collegiate Church, then known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, at Fort Amsterdam. The Dutch West Indies Company treated Native Americans “as a resource,” Collegiate said in a statement.
Collegiate now includes four churches in New York, including Marble Collegiate Church, where the late Rev. Norman Vincent Peale preached from 1932 to 1984.