Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto – a book study

MILC hosted a book study on Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto.

The word forgiveness has made headlines in recent days as people respond to the trial of the driver in the Bronco’s bus crash. It is a timely topic.

Winner of Canada Reads 2018, Mark Sakamoto’s memoir Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents tells the story of his grandfather, a Canadian soldier who, during the Second World War, spent years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp, while at the same time his grandmother, a Japanese Canadian, was interned by the Canadian government.

But this story is far more than a moving family memoir. Described as both “devastating and uplifting” (Ottawa Review of Books, 2018), the book confronts many of our assumptions about Canadian multiculturalism, and challenges us to explore the nature of forgiveness from both a personal and national perspective. Sakamoto states: I sort of thought forgiveness was a transaction…but in fact forgiveness really is a way of life. It has nothing to do with the past, in many ways. It has everything to do with the future.”

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community hosted a tea and talk on Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 at St. Peter’s United Church. Rev. Dawn Vaneyk lead the discussion and afternoon tea was served.  Donations to cover costs were accepted.