"The Heresy of Christian Empire and
the Trauma of the Doctrine of Discovery"
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave.
Free and open to the public.
Mark Charles, a Navajo Christian who is a Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online, will give a presentation that traces the history of Christianity and the United States that contributed to the oppression of native peoples and the enslavement of Africans in North America.
Charles will connect the dots beginning with
the teachings of Jesus regarding power and establishing an earthly kingdom,
to the establishment of Christendom,
to Just-War theory and the use of violent force against "infidels,"
to the white supremacist assumptions in the Declaration of Independence,
to the myth of the founding of the United States as a Christian nation,
to Abraham Lincoln and the victory of Manifest Destiny that led to the genocide of native peoples in America,
to the 13th Amendment and mass incarceration,
to the trauma that native peoples, people of color (especially blacks), and white people still carry today.
This will be an enlightening, disturbing, and challenging evening as Charles seek to uncover a common history that links us all together.
6:30 pm Presentation by Mark Charles
8:00 pm Q&A
9:00 pm End of official event.
(Mark Charles is willing to stay an hour longer for those wanting to engage further in conversation.