We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

We all have our Canaanite Women

Christian Piatt writes about this story in the Huffington Post

"Of course we will never know whether Jesus’ intentions were pure, or if he succumbed to a very human moment of intolerance. But the fact remains that we, like Jesus, should be challenged to reach beyond whatever lines we’ve drawn around our faith and the justice it claims to include those beyond the boundary.

"We all have our own Canaanite women, and we’ve all been in Jesus’ position. How we respond to this story tells us less about Jesus than it does about ourselves. "

If she has been offended (and doesn’t say so) how should we respond?

The Rev Joanna Harader also writes about this story in the Huffington Post on being offended

"So what should offend Christians?  
Personal injustice? Probably.
Social injustice? Definitely.
Personal irritation? Not so much.
How should Christians react to being offended?
Perhaps by bearing silent witness, by not responding in kind.
Perhaps by speaking out — particularly when the offensive behavior is creating unjust systems and hurting vulnerable people.
Perhaps by engaging in some self-reflection — asking why we are offended, if we have a right to be offended — and then deciding to get over ourselves. "