The Doctrine of Discovery

Although the church is closed through November, please join us online for the live Sunday Service using Zoom Worship. John Stoesz will present “The Doctrine of Discovery,” examining the 15th century Papal bulls mandating that European explorers invade, subdue and vanquish the Indigenous peoples of Africa and then the Americas by taking their land and possessions and reducing them to perpetual slavery. These bulls gave Europeans the religious and legal justification for the slave trade and the theft of Indigenous lands and resources. You may wish to view or print the Order of Service.