Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery
Centuries ago, religious and political leaders looked at a map of what was called the “New World” - then divided the land up, “giving” parcels to European nation states. What was understood even then, and is becoming better understood now, was the “New World” was already inhabited by many diverse and complex indigenous peoples. It did not need discovering, for, in fact, people had already lived on this land for millennia. And, yet, the myth of “Discovery” persists - enshrined in culture and even education. Join us as we ask: What is the “Doctrine of Discovery"? What is its impact? What role has the Church played? What role might it play in healing the damage done by this doctrine? Join us in the Mayflower Room at 9:30 a.m., October 6, 13, 20, November 2 and 10.