Let’s celebrate this Fourth of July without the myth of white Christian innocence


(RNS) — As we begin our Fourth of July celebrations this weekend, our red and blue divides will likely be as much on display as the traditional bunting and flags that unite these colors along city streets across the nation. While we primarily think of these divides as partisan, they run much deeper than politics. … Read more

RNS News Quiz: Same-sex marriage and the Doctrine of Discovery


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Catholic bishop of Syracuse decries Doctrine of Discovery, suggests pope do the same


(RNS) — The Catholic bishop of Syracuse, New York, is speaking out against the Doctrine of Discovery and revealing plans to ask Pope Francis to repudiate theological teachings used for centuries to justify the subjugation of Indigenous peoples. In an interview with Religion News Service on Wednesday (June 30), Bishop Douglas J. Lucia explained he is … Read more

Evangelical Covenant Church joins list of Protestant denominations rebuking Doctrine of Discovery


(RNS) — The Evangelical Covenant Church became the latest Protestant denomination in the United States to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, the theological justification that allowed the discovery and domination by European Christians of lands already inhabited by Indigenous peoples. RELATED: Denominations repent for Native American land grabs Delegates at the Covenant Annual Connection voted … Read more