Congregational Stories: Building Relationships for Indigenous Rights
A generous donor who was moved by the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery at General Assembly 2012 made it possible for the UUA to offer seed grants in 2013 to UU congregations to be used for:
- Educating themselves and others about Indigenous rights issues and about the Doctrine of Discovery
- Forming relationships with Indigenous communities and/or taking part in interfaith and community efforts to mitigate the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery.
These seed grants were intended to amplify local efforts and to lead into long term work on Indigenous Rights through the building of relationships. Here are the stories of four congregations, each different in its particulars, but all demonstrating ways to respond to form partnerships and work to dismantle the ongoing effects of the Doctrine of Discovery.
- Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Augusta, Maine
- Bellingham, Washington, Unitarian Fellowship
- First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Hawaii
- All Souls Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
If you have a story about Unitarian Universalist work on forming partnerships and working for Indigenous Rights, please let us know.