Wisconsin Congregations Studying Doctrine of Discovery

Wisconsin Congregations Asked to Study Doctrine of Discovery

The voting body at the 2018 Wisconsin Conference UCC Annual Meeting voted to enter into a time of discussion and study around the Doctrine of Discovery and our faith, with the purpose being to vote on a resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery at the 2019 annual meeting. The Ho Cak UCC and the Wisconsin Conference Racial Justice Task Force presented this resolution. In order to bring the resolution to the floor for a vote in April 2019, at least 65 congregations in the Wisconsin Conference must engage in discussion or study of this issue and submit this response form prior to March 31, 2019.

To understand the Doctrine of Discovery, view this brief and moving video introduction of the Doctrine featuring Larry Littlegeorge of Ho Cak UCC in Black River Falls (5 min.). For a video history of the Doctrine of Discovery, this video with Dr. Roxanne Gould, All Nations Church UCC, Minneapolis (28 min).

Please consider holding a discussion or study on the Doctrine of Discovery in your congregation. Many resources are available in the Justice Ministries section of the conference website at wcucc.org/doctrineofdiscovery and on the national UCC website.

Here are two resources to choose from to engage in study of the issues:
Members of the Racial Justice Task Force will also be available to provide support and guidance to congregations as they engage in this study.  Contact Lisa Hart with questions or to connect with the Racial Justice Task Force, or find your Association representative here.

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