In August 2014, a group of Mennonite church and lay leaders form a coalition with the aim of sharing information, passion and varied resources to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery. Members of this Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition proclaimed a spirit of discipleship rooted in the call to love of neighbor and in an Anabaptist understanding that seeks right relationship and reconciliation through active non-violence. Here’s an article from Mennonite World Review about the August 2014 roundtable.
The group holds annual meetings, during which Coalition members brainstorm new committees and projects for the following year. The Coalition met again in January 2016 and formed working committees for the following year. If you would like to be involved with the work of any of these committees, please contact the chair (listed below):
The 2016 Coalition includes:
•Mennonite Church USA: Iris DeLeon-Hartshorn, Director of Transformative Peacemaking.
•Mennonite Central Committee-Central States: Erica Littlewolf, Indigenous Visioning Center; Michelle Armster, interim Executive Director; and Karin Kaufman-Wall, Peace and Justice Education. Erica and Karin are chairing the DofD Constituency Engagement Committee.
•Mennonite Creation Care Network: Executive Director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College and Mennonite Creation Care Network
•Carnival de Resistance: Tim Nafziger
•Watershed Discipleship: Todd Wynward, Regional Minister of Watershed Discipleship for Mountain States Mennonite Conference and Albuquerque Mennonite Church. Todd is chairing the Indigenous-Led Actions Committee, which will come alongside Indigenous Peoples in actions for justice.
•Anita Amstutz, Mennonite pastor
•Sarah Augustine, Suriname Indigenous Health Fund. Sarah is chairing the Structures Committee, which will work on advocating for changes in legal and policy structures.
•Jennifer Delanty, moderator of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference
•Katerina Friesen, M.Div. student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Katerina is chair of the Education Committee, which is working on the study guide to accompany the movie and other projects.
•Ken Gingerich, member of Albuquerque Mennonite Church. Ken is responsible for communications on the Fundraising and Communications Committee.
•Sheri Hostetler, Pastor of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. Sheri co-chairs the Steering Committee, which coordinates the work of the Coalition.
•Jonathan Neufeld, pastor at Seattle Mennonite Church
•Weldon Nisly, retired Mennonite pastor
•Joanna Shenk, Associate Pastor at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco
•John Stoesz, activist for Indigenous justice and former Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee – Central States. John is responsible for fundraising on the Fundraising and Communications Committee. He is also chairing the Native Land Return Committee.