By Ben Katt - Pastor, Community Developer & Social Entrepreneur
Mark Charles is the son of a Navajo man and a woman of Dutch heritage. He is a speaker and writer focused on forging a path of healing and conciliation in the United States by fostering a deeper understanding of American history regarding race, culture, and faith. Currently, much of his emphasis is on the Doctrine of Discovery and how it has shaped the foundations of our nation. He is currently writing a book about the Doctrine of Discovery with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah. After living on the Navajo reservation with his wife and three children for over a decade, Mark and his family moved to Washington, D.C. where he serves as the correspondent for Native News Online. He continues to write at http://wirelesshogan.blogspot.com. In this episode of the RePlacing Church Podcast, part one of a two part conversation, he joins me to discuss: What the Doctrine of Discovery is and how it has shaped the foundations of the United States How the church’s complicity with the empire led to the Doctrine of Discovery What white trauma is and how it manifests itself Why white america can’t fix racism Why Racial “Conciliation” is a more appropriate term than Racial Reconciliation *Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood. Are you creating or leading a neighborhood expression of church? Join the Thresholds Cohort: Chilliwack, a six-month learning community to support you with insight, direction, and support for the journey, facilitated by Ben Katt and Christiana Rice. Starts in April! More information available at thresholdscommunity.org/ChilliwackCohort Sign up for the Inhabit Conference (April 28-29, Seattle) today and get the Super Early Bird Special. SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean. Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram. Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.