Mennonite Central Committee is committed to the ongoing work of education and awareness-raising to engage the legacy of colonialism and understand the intersecting history between Native people and European settlers. Using the framework of the Doctrine of Discovery, this training will explore the taking of land from Indigenous people which led to the justification of the global slave-trade of the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Age of Imperialism. Participants will explore the theological understandings that created the Doctrine of Discovery and will spend time reflecting on current implications of this theology. Furthermore, participants will gain educational tools which they can utilize to further educate others on the Doctrine of Discovery, including:
- The Loss of Turtle Island - a participatory learning experience that depicts the historic relationship between European settlers - including Mennonites - and the Indigenous nations, the original inhabitants, of the land we now call the United States of America.
The training will begin with the Loss of Turtle Island experience, which is an event open to the public. If you are unable to participate in the entire training, please consider joining us Sunday evening for a time of participatory learning and group reflection accompanied by snacks, resources for more learning and connections. The entire training will span from Sunday evenings event through two full days of learning. The schedule is as follows:
- August 25, 7 – 8:30 pm: Loss of Turtle Island, Public Event at Waterford Mennonite Church in Goshen
- August 26, 9 am – 5 pm: Training day 1 at AMBS in Elkhart
- August 27, 9 am – 4:30 pm: Training day 2 at AMBS in Elkhart
Lodging and Food: Please plan your own homestay or hotel in the Goshen/Elkhart area. We will provide lunch both days and snacks at the training at no cost. You will be responsible for other meals.
Registration Fee: $50
The Sunday evening, Loss of Turtle Island event, does not require registration.