GA repudiates Doctrine of Discovery

Youth Caucus speaks in favor of repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery (©Nancy Pierce)

The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Sunday afternoon to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine is the premise that European Christian explorers who “discovered” other lands had the authority to claim those lands and subdue, even enslave, peoples who lived there simply because they were not Christian. Local groups that the UUA is working with […]

Delegates refine Doctrine of Discovery resolution

Ted Fetter (©Nancy Pierce)

Thursday afternoon around a hundred delegates attended a mini-assembly to finalize the language for a responsive resolution on the Doctrine of Discovery. Delegates will vote on it Sunday. The doctrine, which dates to the fifteenth century, is a legal philosophy that European Christian rulers created to permit subjugation of people who were not Christian. The […]

GA learns about Doctrine of Discovery on first day

Steve Newcomb (©Nancy Pierce)

Many people at General Assembly might not have known much about the Doctrine of Discovery, but that all changed at the opening plenary Wednesday night. The doctrine is the premise that European Christian explorers who “discovered” other lands had the authority to claim those lands and subdue, even enslave, peoples of those lands simply because […]

Witness and worship on tap at Justice GA

UUA President Peter Morales, 2011 General Assembly

General Assembly 2012, the long-awaited “Justice GA,” is here. Unitarian Universalists will converge in Phoenix, Ariz., June 20 for five days of social justice education, witnessing, and worship. Expect a different GA than others you’ve been to. This one will be light on business sessions and heavy on social justice work. Virtually every GA event […]

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