Christian Formation is the lifelong process of growing in relationship to God and Jesus. The adult Christian Formation class starts at 9:15am on Sunday mornings on the upper level of the Civic Center.
We are studying the Doctrine of Discovery and its effect of Indigenous Peoples based on the documentary “The Doctrine of Discovery, in the Name of Christ.” You may view the entire documentary on the Doctrine of Discovery website. Participants are encouraged to download the multi-part study guide.
For more than five centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples across the world and have systematically denied their human rights. This Doctrine originated with the Christian church in the 15th century and we believe it is now the church’s responsibility to undo it in the name of Christ.
In August 2014, a group of Mennonite church and lay leaders formed a coalition with the aim of sharing information, passion and varied resources to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. The coalition of partners working on this effort include Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Central Committee—Central States, Mennonite Creation Care Network, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, and Suriname Indigenous Health Fund. For a brief summary about the work of the coalition, please view this downloadable fact sheet.
Join us in the exploration and discussion of this important issue.