Seeds of Hope

The Doctrine of Discovery

Its Devastating Impact & Legacy

and Some Life-Giving Alternatives

Sunday, January 3, 2021

1:30-3:30 p.m. EST (on Zoom)

Doctrine of Discovery

The root of the white supremacy, voter suppression, police shootings, and institutional racism in our society is “the doctrine of discovery,” a little-mentioned set of 15th-Century papal edicts that cast the die for the formation of American society.  These edicts conferred on European monarchs the right and duty “to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens [Muslims] and pagans whatsoever... and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery.”  The doctrine of discovery became the basis of international law, of the enslavement of Africans, of the elimination of 95% of the natives, of the Monroe Doctrine, of “manifest destiny,” and of legal decisions about property by our Supreme Court right up to today.  

James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” So together we will face this part of our history in our January 3 Seeds of Hope. We will show the powerful one-hour documentary, The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code.  We believe this is a must-see for every American.  We will process the impact this domination code has had on our society, which we believe every American needs to come to terms with. And we will be inspired by the Native American principles of mutuality (non-domination) offered in the film, which we believe every American should learn.

As a new chapter in our nation’s political story begins, are you ready to help make America great in a way it never really has been before -- a nation where liberty and justice for all is not just a slogan but a living reality?

Then we invite you to register for this free Zoom event and join us in helping change history. You will immediately receive a confirmation and the Zoom link from Pachamama Alliance of the Rochester Area, and a reminder notice the day before the event. 

Seeds of Hope is a monthly open gathering that inspires, equips, and empowers participants to live into the vision of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet. 

These gatherings are designed to:

  • Open our eyes, minds, and hearts to places where society’s paradigm of separation, domination and exploitation is creating pain, fear, anger, or suffering.

  • Develop awareness of our personal responses to disturbing information.

  • Move from reactivity to creativity, so that we can embody the change we wish to see in the world.

  • Support ourselves and others to live in active mindfulness, interconnectedness, hope, play, and joy.

For information about more upcoming Seeds of Hope events, return to this page for details... 


Gatherings are held 1:30-3:30 pm on the first Sunday of the month and usually meet at 1010 East Ave., the brick building immediately to the west of Asbury First United Methodist Church’s main building. However, in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, meetings are currently being held online using Zoom.


All gatherings are free and open to all. 


​To receive future notices of our monthly gatherings or for more information, contact Dave Inglis at

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