The abundant life we know in Jesus Christ is made possible through sacrifice – through repairing what is broken, and finding holiness and healing in the midst of that challenging work. Resolution D035, titled "Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery," is one such measure. Doctrine of Discovery Report. We all honor the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Compassion, the Spirit of Justice, the Spirit of Love, Unitarian Universalist Association His sisters, Rhonda, Alice, and Crystal Littlegeorge, needed urgent medical care in 1959 – that's what their parents, members of the Hocak (Ho Chunk) nation, were told. Tino explains the process which led to the UUA repudiation of the doctrine. For more information contact adultprograms@uua.org. “Finally, the “principle of discovery” cannot be relied upon in formulating an approach to Aboriginal title, and must be firmly rejected. UUA 2012 General Assembly Youth Caucus supports passage of the resolution repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery. Why did the Unitarian Universalist Association repudiate … The 2012 UUA General Assembly passed a resolution repudiating the Doctrine and calling for the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Ditching the doctrine of discovery (and what that means for Canadian law) On May 1, 2016, the Long March to Rome is scheduled to arrive at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican to formally ask that Pope Francis rescind the Papal “Bulls of Discovery”. © Copyright 1996-2021 Unitarian Universalist Association.All Rights Reserved. The Doctrine of Discovery is a 15th century principle of international law having its roots in papal decrees that sanctioned & promoted the conquest, colonization and exploitation of non-Christian territories & peoples. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery. On May 16, 2012, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a pastoral letter on the Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples. Lawrence Sankey, co-chair, Aboriginal Ministries Council, and the Right Rev. The final item is “To call upon Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican to publicly acknowledge and repudiate the papal decrees that legitimized the original activities that have evolved into the dehumanizing Doctrine of Christian Discovery and dominion in laws and policies.” /files/includes/snippet-important-message.txt, Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism, Doctrine of Discovery and Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Statement on the Doctrine of Discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples, Episcopal Church became the first in the Christian world, pastoral letter on the Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples, Calling for the United Church of Christ to Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery which Authorized the Genocide of Native Peoples and the Theft of Native Lands (PDF), The Enduring Effects of the Doctrine of Discovery, Canadian Unitarians' Reconciliation Journey, Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Attempting to remake the land and peoples they found “in their own image” was a profound act of idolatry. The Doctrine of Discovery has become a legal instrument. In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Speaking for the group is Sage Olnick. The Doctrine of Discovery established a spiritual, political, and legal justification for colonization and seizure of land not inhabited by Christians. Under this belief, title to lands lay with the government whose subjects travelled to and occupied a territory whose inhabitants were not subjects of a European Christian monarch. As Joe mentioned in his reflection, the Doctrine of Discovery is a 1493 document that advanced the idea that because the lands of the Western Hemisphere were without Christians prior to 1492, they were available to be taken upon “discovery.” I first learned about the Doctrine of Discovery at the 2012 Justice General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Phoenix, AZ. The New York Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends called for all Quakers to repudiate the Doctrine of Disovery . The Doctrine of Discovery, Pope Alexander VI's papal bull, permits any Christian coming upon land inhabited by non-Christians to claim it all. Colonists, settlers, and homesteaders benefited enormously from the availability of “free” land, and their … Jordan Cantwell, at 30th anniversary of the … In 2009, the Episcopal Church became the first in the Christian world to pass a resolution repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery. It has been invoked since Pope Alexander VI issued the Papal Bull “Inter Caetera” in 1493. (617) 742-2100 | info@uua.org. Many indigenous nations around the world, especially those in Canada, are supporting this movement. DRAFT SOC Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy: A Call to Prophetic Action. Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery (United Church of Christ, 6:15), More Resources from the United Church of Christ, The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ (Mennonite, 43:33). In July 2009, the Philadephia Yearly Meeting (PDF) repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine of Discovery. It begins with the idea of Terra Nullius, an uninhabited land. Doctrine of Discovery. In August 2014, a group of Mennonite church and lay leaders formed an ad hoc working group with the aim of sharing information, passion and varied resources to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. Rev. The way Newcomb describes the Doctrine of Discovery these days is “a claim of a right of Christian domination.” It was first expressed by Pope Nicholas V in the 1452 papal bull “Dum Diversas,” which — along with subsequent bulls “Romanus Pontifex” and “Inter Caetera” — created a theological justification for Christian rulers seizing the property and possessions of non-Christians. The GA delegates took up this question at the request of our immigration justice partners in Arizona. In July 2013, the United Church of Christ 29th Synod passed a resolution of witness Calling for the United Church of Christ to Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery which Authorized the Genocide of Native Peoples and the Theft of Native Lands (PDF). The discovery doctrine, also called doctrine of discovery, provided a philosophical framework for Christian explorers, to lay claim to territories uninhabited by Christians. The repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery by General Synod 29 provides an invaluable teaching moment for our congregations to understand systemic and continuous impact of racism on the daily lives of indigenous peoples in the U.S. A short video can be found at https://vimeo.com/123430194. Among other resources, the group has produced a documentary film. In 2012, the New York Yearly Meeting repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery. Colonists, settlers, and homesteaders benefited enormously from the availability of “free” land, and their descendants continue to benefit to this day. So if you are going to repudiate this doctrine but are not willing to give up your land, whose title is based on this doctrine, then you probably shouldn’t repudiate it. Shares how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community. Church adopted resolution D035 - “Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery.” In 2010, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada adopted resolution A086 - “Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery.” In 2011, various Unitarian Universalist churches and Quaker organizations are adopting and considering adopting That work is often costly, but it is the only road to abundant life. What does this 500+ year old document have to do with us in 2021? Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery less than 1 minute read Vance Blackfox, “ A Reflection on the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly’s Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Volume 17, Issue 2, March 2017, elca.org/JLE/Articles/1202. But this is also a matter for healing in communities and persons of European immigrant descent. WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association has been asked by partner organizations working with the Arizona Immigration Ministry to educate our … That the 2016 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly memorializes the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to explicitly and clearly repudiate the European-derived “doctrine of discovery” with its continuing impact upon tribal governments and individual tribal members, to acknowledge and repent of its complicity in the evils of colonialism in the Americas, and to join with the Evangelical Lutheran … We repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, which asserted that lands belonged to the Christian powers that “discovered” them. World Council of Churches’ Statement on the Doctrine of Discovery and Its Enduring Impact on Indigenous Peoples, The Presiding Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on the Doctrine of Discovery, The Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism, conference room paper from the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Conference Room Paper on the Doctrine of Discovery, presented by the Haudenosaunee, the American Indian Law Alliance and the Indigenous Law Institute, North America, at the 11th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, See a video on the lasting impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, © 2020 The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, The Doctrine of Discovery: The International Law of Colonialism, Conference Room Paper on the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine of Discovery is a series of papal bulls, or decrees, that gave Christian explorers the right to lay claim to any land that was not inhabited by Christians and was available to be “discovered.” If its inhabitants could be converted, they might be spared. The Boulder, Colorado, Friends Meeting has developed workshops and resources about the Doctrine of Discovery and its effects. In 2012, The Unitarian Universalist Association followed suit. Resolved, That the 76th General Convention repudiates and renounces the Doctrine of Discovery as fundamentally opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our understanding of the inherent rights that individuals and peoples have received from God, and that this declaration be proclaimed among our churches and shared with the United Nations and all the nations and peoples located within The … That doctrine became enshrined in a number of other do… I urge you to learn more about the Doctrine of Discovery and the search for healing in our native communities. In 2012, the United Methodist Council of Bishops passed a resolution on the Doctrine of Discovery, writing: Therefore be it resolved, all levels of The United Methodist Church are called to condemn the Doctrine of Discovery as a legal document and basis for the seizing of native lands and abuses of human rights of indigenous peoples; and  Be it further resolved, that The United Methodist Church will work toward eliminating the Doctrine of Discovery as a means to subjugate indigenous peoples of property and land. The doctrine was strongly held by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain who financed Columbus' first expedition to America. The Doctrine of Discovery was first articulated in 1452 by Pope Nicholas V as the Papal Bull “Dum Diversas” and in 1496 by King Henry VII of England as … The "Doctrine of Discovery" of 1493, also known as the Papal Bull "Inter Caetera", was issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4, 1493. In fourteen hundred ninety-three, the Catholic Pope made a decree. That land was taken by force or subterfuge from peoples who had dwelt on it from time immemorial – it was their “promised land.”  The nations from which the settlers came, and the new nations which resulted in the Americas, sought to impose another culture and way of life on the peoples they encountered. Repentance and amendment of life are the answer, and God asks us all – this Church, our partners and neighbors, and the nations which were founded under the Doctrine of Discovery - to the challenging work of reconciliation. 2012 UUA General Assembly Young Adult Caucus supports passge of resolution regarding the Doctrine of Discovery. In 2009, the Episcopal Church repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery. The church has published education and worship materials for congregations, including a video. 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