Pax Christi Massachusetts Supports Doctrine of Discovery Burning

Jan 25, 2020

The Doctrine of Discovery: An Inclusive Journey Towards Justice

Welcome to Peace Church, where we embrace the spirit of peace, justice, and inclusion. As a community deeply rooted in faith and beliefs, we strive to create positive change in the world. In collaboration with Pax Christi Massachusetts, we are proud to support the burning of the Doctrine of Discovery, an initiative that aims to confront historical injustices and pave the way towards a more inclusive society.

Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery refers to a series of papal bulls, decrees, and other legal documents issued during the 15th and 16th centuries. These documents granted explorers and colonizers the authority to claim non-Christian lands as their own. This concept, rooted in colonialism and ethnocentrism, has had long-lasting and detrimental effects on indigenous populations around the world.

Recognizing the need to address the historical injustices perpetuated by the Doctrine of Discovery, Pax Christi Massachusetts has taken a firm stance in support of its burning. This symbolic action signifies our commitment to reconciliation, social justice, and promoting the rights and dignity of indigenous communities.

Promoting Reconciliation and Justice

At Peace Church, we firmly believe in the power of education and dialogue in promoting reconciliation and justice. Through various initiatives, we actively engage with local communities, acknowledging the past while working towards a more inclusive future.

1. Community Outreach

Our community outreach programs are designed to bridge divides, foster understanding, and create spaces for healing. We collaborate with indigenous communities, organizing events that celebrate their rich heritage and provide platforms for sharing their stories. Through these efforts, we aim to raise awareness about the consequences of the Doctrine of Discovery and promote empathy and solidarity.

2. Advocacy and Activism

Together with Pax Christi Massachusetts, we engage in advocacy and activism aimed at dismantling the systemic injustices that persist today. We actively support legislative initiatives that seek to undo the damaging effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. By partnering with local lawmakers and organizations, we strive to ensure policies that promote equality, cultural preservation, and the recognition of indigenous rights.

3. Education and Awareness

Knowledge is power, and we believe that education plays a crucial role in effecting lasting change. Peace Church provides educational resources and workshops that explore the historical context of the Doctrine of Discovery, its impacts, and ways to promote healing and justice. By sharing accurate information and fostering critical thinking, we empower individuals to become agents of positive change within their communities.

Join the Movement

If you share our vision of a more inclusive society guided by principles of peace and justice, we invite you to join our community at Peace Church. Together, we can make a difference and work towards a future free from the remnants of the Doctrine of Discovery.

By supporting the burning of the Doctrine of Discovery, we aim to initiate a transformative dialogue, challenge harmful narratives, and build a legacy of reconciliation. Join us in this important journey, and let us pave the way for a society that embraces diversity, respect, and understanding.

For more information about our initiatives, upcoming events, or to get involved, please visit our website or contact us directly. Together, we can create a more just and inclusive world.