The Hiroshima Project

In 1985 I was part of a peace group that prepared a Day of Prayer in memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the feast of the Transfiguration. At the concluding Liturgy, I was deeply moved by the sermon. As a result, I was moved to propose a national apology to the people of Japan at the fiftieth anniversay in 1995. My plan was to write a letter to friends, to peace groups in various churches and denominations, and to all the Bishops of the Episcopal Church. However, as a member of a religious order, I required the permission of my superior to do this. This permission was not forthcoming. The project was abandoned. Later I left the religious order, but by then it was too late to do anything.

Here, however, I present the remains of that project in the hope that it will spur thought, and perhaps even some further projects of national repentance.

Here is one form of that letter.
Here is the Apology itself.
And here is an academic paper that I wrote while developing the idea of national sin, repentance, and confession.