Organ pipes in the Sanctuary of First Church in Cambridge. A wrought iron chandelier hangs in the foreground.

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Doctrine of Discovery Sessions Follow-Up

November 29, 2022

On two Sundays in November 2022, the First Church Christian Formation Committee presented 9:30 sessions about the so-called Doctrine of Discovery and its horrific and ongoing effects upon Indigenous peoples. During the first session, we explored the history surrounding this Doctrine and its persistence into our own time. In the second session, we pondered the role of Christianity in supporting and elaborating upon the Doctrine.

Much of the substance of the two sessions was drawn from the very extensive and rich curriculum prepared by the United Church of Christ in 2015.

Here are some notes from our First Church sessions.

We look forward to continuing our reflection on this topic in the coming months.

Hilary Hopkins, Chair
Christian Formation Committee