Land Acknowledgement

The following Land Acknowledgement Statement was adopted during a special congregational meeting on March 26, 2023:

We, the congregation of St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ in present-day St. Paul, Minnesota, acknowledge that the land on which we gather and worship is the ancestral homeland of the Dakota peoples. We give thanks to Native Americans who have stewarded this land through generations, and we honor their continuing presence and contributions to the region. We acknowledge and repent of the grievous harm done to them in the names of Christianity, white supremacy, the Doctrine of Discovery, and Manifest Destiny.* We acknowledge the lasting wounds of colonialism and patriarchy and confess that we participate in institutions and systems that are corrupt and unjust. As people of faith, we commit to taking action to support and to seek justice for Indigenous communities.

* The Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny are the names of national and international legal policies used to usurp land and colonize non-Christian people. The policies were based on religious and ethnocentric ideas of European and Christian superiority over other races and religions of the world.

This page last modified on March 27, 2023