Zoom Worship through January 2022

Land Acknowledgment

Eighth Street Mennonite Church adopted a land acknowledgment statement in March 2021 following a three-year process of education and participatory activities.

The statement was drafted and revised in consultation with local Potawatomi leaders.  A Pokagon Band artist, Aaron Martin, created a turtle image with indigenous symbols to accompany the statement.

Recommended Resources: Videos

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. Doctrine of Discovery in the Name of Christ2015.  44 min.

   Historical, Biblical, and theological background. Contemporary challenges and possible responses.

Gascho, Luke. The History of the Potawatomi Tribe in Elkhart County and Settler Impacts on the Tribe. GC Talks (Goshen College).  October 2, 2020  59 min.

The Seven Generation River. Great Lakes Now and Detroit Public Television, January 2019  27 min.

   Pokagon Band initiatives in cultural preservation and environmental restoration. Documentary begins at 1:40 min.

Recommended Resources: Organizations and Statements

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition: A Movement of Anabaptist People of Faith. Includes links to documentary and request forms for print materials.

Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous-Settler Relations

Mennonite World Conference Declaration of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples