Doctrine of Discovery Study Resources


At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Conference UCC, the delegates voted in favor of the resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. Here is the resolution as passed on April 6, 2019.

We encourage our congregations to engage in study of this issue. Here are some resources:

To begin to understand and study this topic, view the following video clip from the 2018 Wisconsin Conference UCC Annual Meeting:  Explanation of a witness resolution and presentation of the resolution (12 min) with David Deininger, Larry Littlegeorge, Rev. Missy Miller, and Rev. Bridget Flad Daniels.   For just the introduction to the Doctrine of Discovery view Larry Littlegeorge’s video segment (5 min).

View the Doctrine of Discovery Background and Proposed Resolution. (4 pages)

Below you will find links to the United Church of Christ website for additional information and resources for study and reflection around issues relating to the Doctrine of Discovery.

Please use this form to report that your congregation has studied the issue of repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery and return it to the Conference office by March 31, 2019. The form can be mailed to Wisconsin Conference UCC, 4459 Gray Rd, DeForest, WI  53532, or can be scanned and emailed to Lisa Hart.

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