Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Doctrine of Discovery training

October 14-16, 2019

North Newton, Kansas


October 14, 7-9 pm at Bethel College Mennonite Church fellowship hall (public event)

October 15, 9 am-5 pm at MCC Central States office

October 16, 9 am-4:30 pm at MCC Central States office


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.


This training will introduce an analysis of the Doctrine of Discovery - the theological, philosophical and legal framework established by the Christian Church that gave European governments moral and legal rights to invade and seize Indigenous lands and dominate Indigenous peoples. Using the framework of the Doctrine of Discovery we 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 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.

Logistics: Please plan your own homestay or hotel in Newton, KS. If flying, arrive at ICT-Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. We will not have pickup/drop off service to/from the airport. Please plan accordingly. We will provide lunch both days and snacks at the training at no cost. You will be responsible for other meals.