Starting April 23, the adult Christian Formatiopn class will be studying the Doctrine of Discovery and its effect of Indigenous Peoples. Participants are encouraged to download the multi-part study guide.
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. 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 2015, the coalition produced a documentary film in collaboration with Eclectic Reel Grassroots Video Production. This documentary, entitled “The Doctrine of Discovery, in the Name of Christ” can be viewed on the Doctrine of Discovery website. Plans are to watch the documentary as a group on April 23.
For a brief summary about the work of the coalition, please view this downloadable fact sheet.
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.