Lunch & Learn with Rev. Mark Charles

About Unsettling Truths
The Doctrine of Discovery is the theological justification behind discovery, Indian removal and the ethnic cleansing of Manifest Destiny, as well as slavery and Jim Crow laws. It is also the impetus behind both the implicit and explicit manifestations of Christian Nationalism and racial injustice seen throughout our country these past months and years. This talk will examine how the dysfunctional theological imagination of the Doctrine of Discovery is evident in the ongoing struggle with systemic racism and the recent rise of Christian Nationalism.

About Rev. Mark Charles
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he teaches with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. He is one of the leading authorities on the 15th-century’s Doctrine of Discovery and its influence on US history and its intersection with modern-day society. Mark co-authored, along with Soong-Chan Rah, the new book entitled Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery (IVP, 2019). Mark ran as an independent candidate for the US Presidency in the 2020 election.

This event will take place in South Hall and will also be livestreamed.


Nov 26 2023


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Riverside Church

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The Riverside Church in the City of New York
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