Rev. Momberg Apologizes for Chapel Talk

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The Lodge received an apology from Rev. Thomas A. Momberg this afternoon in response to his chapel talk on Sept. 17, 2019. We are reprinting his letter here with permission:

 

 

Dear Members of the St. George’s Community:

I was wrong, and I apologize. 

I thought I had carefully written and delivered a talk in the chapel service on September 17th that was appropriate for St. George’s middle and upper school students, faculty, and staff.  I was wrong, and I apologize.

I failed to make clear my point about trusting God, no matter what our fears may be.  Instead, I offended and even scared some of you. Hearts were broken, mine included, because of what I said. 

I thought I had done enough of my own, hard work on my own racism to be able to share some of what I had learned.   I was wrong, and I apologize.  

We are all students in the school of life, no matter how old we get to be.  I still have some things to learn about what to say and not to say about race.

I thought I was communicating something helpful in my talk about what I had learned from my mistakes in life, including the moment in my teen-aged years when I was afraid of someone my own age whose skin color was different from mine.  I was wrong, and I apologize.  

In my talk I failed to say, clearly and directly, that I should never have been afraid of Black boys.  Period. I also failed to say, clearly and directly, that, with God’s help, I am no longer afraid. 

I thought some of you who have been through some pretty troubling times lately might be heartened by my reflections.   I was wrong, and I apologize.

I have learned that, as Bryan Stevenson says, we are all more than the worst mistake we have ever made.  I ask your prayers and seek your forgiveness, even though I know you may not be able to offer either or both of those to me, now or ever.  I continue to pray for your healing from this painful time.

 

~ The Rev. Thomas A. Momberg 

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