The Doctrine of Discovery: Its Effects and the Church's Response

You are warmly invited!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
9:00 pm

The Doctrine of Discovery:
Its Effects and the Church's Response

Presented by the Rev. Deacon Lewis Powell


The Doctrine of Discovery has impacted race relations around the world, and in the United States was combined with the concept of Manifest Destiny to guide U.S. relations with indigenous peoples. Come learn about the Doctrine of Discovery and the Episcopal Church's response.

About the Presenter:
The Rev. Deacon Lewis Sitting Panther Powell (Cherokee/Saponi) is the Indigenous Ministries Missioner for the Diocese of Northern California. In that capacity, he travels to parishes within the diocese sharing information about the role of Indigenous Peoples (Native American) Ministries in the Episcopal Church and information about the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny. He is a past member of the Episcopal Executive Council Committee for Indigenous Ministries. He has been an advocate for addressing the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery in the Church for over a decade. When the Episcopal Church General Convention Resolution, D035, called for the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery, he was asked to be a member of the development team that produced the “Exposing the Doctrine of Discovery” materials for the Episcopal Church. He co-developed and co-taught “The Church’s Response to the Doctrine of Discovery” offered by The Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard in 2013 and 2014 via electronic media.

He is a graduate of the Episcopal School for Deacons, Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA on November 20, 1999 by Bishop William Swing. He is the former Convener of the Community of Deacon (Archdeacon) of the Diocese of the Rio Grande.

He serves on the staff of St. John’s the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Chico, CA. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Diocese of Northern California. He serves on the Commission for Intercultural Ministries in the Diocese of Northern California. He Recently represented the Episcopal Church at the Anglican Indigenous Network Meeting on The Six Nations Reserve, Ontario, Canada as an Elder.

He is a founding member of a Nevada County human relations group, Beyond Bias, which is dedicated to addressing bias and bullying issues in Nevada County, CA.