The Community of Christ passed a resolution renouncing the Doctrine of Discovery at its International Conference earlier this month in Independence Missouri. Noting that its mission initiatives include a call to the church “to let the oppressed go free, ” the resolution call on church leadership:
to urge the governments of the world to ensure that their policies, regulations, and laws that affect indigenous peoples comply with international conventions, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 169 [also known as the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention].
A number of other religious denominations have passed similar resolutions, including the Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) will consider a Doctrine of Discovery resolution at its national meeting this summer. For the growing list of denominational statements, see the Healing Minnesota Stories website.