Report from the Board on the Doctrine of Discovery

In September 2011, the UUA Board was asked by partner organizations with whom the UUA is working in Arizona to educate UU congregations about the Doctrine of Discovery and to ask the delegates of the 2012 General Assembly to repudiate this doctrine. We believe that the Doctrine of Discovery, as conceived in the 15th century and enforced to this day in U.S. law, is contrary to Unitarian Universalist principles, theology and values. Because of this, we recommend to our member congregations that they engage in education about the Doctrine of Discovery and we endorse the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery by the 2012 General Assembly.

[The Board] further endorse[s] measures that will help the United States by in full compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, an agreement seen as reparative to the centuries of damage caused by the Doctrine of Discovery .



Follow the link to a full explanation of the Doctrine of Discovery

Additional Resources to explore:
The Doctrine of Discovery and U.S. Expansion
UUA Discussion Guide on Doctrine of Discovery
Five Hundred Years of Injustice: The Legacy of Fifteenth Century Religious Prejudice
Christian Doctrine of Discovery & 1493 Papal Bull Doctrine: Rights of Indigenous Peoples




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