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Indigenous-Vatican Dialogue


  • Union Theological Seminary (map)

The Center for Earth Ethics is hosting an intimate gathering at Union Theological Seminary, which will bring Indigenous leaders from Africa and North, Central, and South America together with a representative of the Vatican to explore how the Catholic Church can partner with Indigenous Peoples to support the care of the Earth. We will look at three primary areas that we believe are critical to restoring balance: (1) restoring land rights and self-determination to Indigenous Peoples; (2) carbon markets; commodification and privatization of nature (3) protecting and restoring sacred sites around the world. We must also recognize the role the papal bulls that informed the Doctrine of Discovery have played in the displacement and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. These topics will inform the conversations had during the dialogue, and will serve as a framework for outcomes and next steps.  


Earlier Event: March 20
The Gounded Summit
Later Event: May 28
The Loka Initiative