At the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly in 2012, delegates voted to repudiate the doctrine that Europeans used as legal justification for conquest and colonization of the Americas. The resolution encourages Unitarian Universalists to identify traces of the Doctrine of Discovery that linger in our movement, in our communities, and in our lives, and work to eliminate them.
Now the UUA is offering seed grants of $500 to $1,000 to Unitarian Universalist congregations, groups, and organizations for projects that teach about, repudiate, and mitigate the current-day effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. Successful proposals will describe plans for education, reflection, and action opportunities; outreach to partners in indigenous and/or interfaith communities; and have broad and/or long-range impact. It is hoped that providing seed funds will inspire Unitarian Universalists to dig deeply into this work. Indeed, the queries coming in regarding the grants indicate that this is already happening!
To apply, learn more about the General Assembly resolution and the Doctrine of Discovery. Read the application requirements. Then, submit a letter of application by April 5, 2013. Grant recipients will be notified by May 1, 2013. For more information, contact Gail Forsyth-Vail at email@example.com.