Fifty years ago, our consistory excommunicated a man for snowmobiling on Sunday. The man in question passed away last month. Certain family members were deeply hurt by the harshness of the consistory of the day. Some remain in the church; others have left.
My sense is that some acknowledgement of wrongdoing would be deeply appreciated by some family members. Other elders say leave it alone, that we are disturbing old ground and that we cannot apologize for wrongs committed by others in another time and place.
I am interested in all feedback. Thanks in advance.