Because the beloved community is what God intends for us, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is engaging in an ongoing campaign to share a wealth of antiracism resources with the greater church. As part of the Facing Racism campaign, books, worship suggestions, studies, training sessions and other resources are posted here to assist Mid Councils in their work against racism.
This month, as the Church prepares to celebrate Native American Day on Sept. 22, we offer resources related to the Doctrine of Discovery. For more than five centuries, the doctrine and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from indigenous peoples, and systematically denied their human rights. The 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the PC(USA) called the church to confess its complicity and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. The action also called for a review of the history of the doctrine and the writing of a report on the doctrine to be made to the 223rd General Assembly (2018).
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