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Doctrine of Christian Discovery

Sunday, February 17, 6pm, P&J Center, 96 Harlow St, Suite 100, Bangor

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery: Colonial Repression of Indigenous Peoples – a presentation by John Dieffenbacher-Krall

Few people know of the outsized role played by several 15th century papal bulls that encouraged Christian nations to subjugate and dispossess the non-Christian peoples of their lands in countries “discovered” by European explorers. The bulls gave license to genocide, land theft and slave trafficking that endures to this day. In 1823 the Christian Doctrine of Discovery was adopted into U.S. law by the Supreme Court in the case of Johnson v. M’Intosh and became the cornerstone of U.S. Indian policy, depriving Native Americans of basic rights.

John Dieffenbacher-Krall will speak on the need to expunge the Doctrine of Discovery. He served as executive director for the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission for 12 and a half years. He chairs the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations, and has preached in churches representing seven different religious denominations about the need to counter the pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Womxns March 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

11am – Gather at West Market Square, Bangor

Numerous local activists and organizations are sponsoring an intersectional Womxns March, with a diverse selection of speakers and organizers. The organizers of this particular march recognize the needs of our community to be complex because discrimination overlaps in areas of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion.  This inclusive march will give the opportunity to educate the public on subjects that aren’t discussed enough, but also for all voices to be heard.  We will gather at West Market Square briefly, then march to an indoor location to hear speakers.  Stay tuned for more info!

Organizers:  Dawn Neptune Adams, Danielle Ravyn VanHelsing, Desiree Vargas, Ambureen Rana, Isabella Juliana, Samantha Le, Aislinn Canarr, Hannah Ruhlin, Cynthia Leiffer, Nik Sparlin, Melissa Anne Day, Kimberly Hammill, Karen Marysdaughter

Sponsoring organizations:  Maine TransNet, Sunlight Media Collective, Bangor Racial & Economic Justice Coalition, Health Equity Alliance, Maine People’s Alliance, Bangor High School Students for Gender Equality, Socialist Party of Maine, U Maine Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Congregation Beth El Social Action Committee, The Wilson Center, Resources for Organizing & Social Change, Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, OUT Maine, Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor Social Justice Committee

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A Winter Solstice Celebration in Song & Ceremony

Saturday, Dec 15, 6:30pm (snow date Dec 16)

Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St

Featuring the Winter Solstice Singers (Members of the UUSB Choir, Women With Wings, and Friends)

A Family Friendly Celebration of the Darkness
and the Light
with Songs and Stories

based on A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual by Julie Forest Middleton
and Stasa Morgan-Appel

Free will offering to benefit the Peace & Justice Center

FMI:  Laurie at 207-944-0650 or