Common Memory Project
I am excited to annouce that I will be co-authoring a book with Soong-Chan Rah called Truth Be Told: The Doctrine of Discovery and the Root Cause of Racial Injustice, to be published with InterVaristy Press. We will be working to complete the book this next year.
I am also continuing to arrange speaking events and writing with Native News Online.
I am raising money to supplement my family's income in this work and to expand this project with additional support services. While speaking events and writing projects pay some, additional funds are needed for travel expenses and a personal assistant to handle communication and scheduling. My wife, Rachel, contributes to this work as well through writing, editing, and the details.
If you desire to contribute to the work of creating a "common memory," we welcome and are deeply grateful for your contributions.
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Mark (and Rachel) Charles
I am very excited about the month of April. I have many pre-arranged events and invitations to preach and speak about the Doctrine of Discovery, but I am also taking initiative to work with partners in both Chicago and Portland to setup and organize events in an effort to intentionally initiate some conversations with various communities. As a result, some of my events are funded and pay an adequate honorarium, but some of them are not. I deeply appreciate your encouragement and partnership. It is support from people like yourself that is helping us to take more initiative with this work and to engage more conversations around the country.
Mark and Rachel Charles
I would like to thank you for your past participation in our Crowdfunding campaign. The month of February has been extremely busy and I was thrilled at the many doors God opened for me to speak and engage with audiences regarding the Doctrine of Discovery and Truth and Conciliation. I had the privilege of speaking at Summit University in Scranton PA, Wheaton College in Chicago, Mission Year in Philadelphia, Nyack College in New York and to some InterVarsity students right here in Washington DC. As the political climate is getting more charged and polarized, I am finding an amazing openness in people to learn about and discuss systemic issues like the Doctrine of Discovery.
I am continuing to find that as I speak with increasing clarity about the idea for a national Truth and Conciliation Commission in 2021, people are not only seeing the need for both the church and the country to engage in this dialogue, but are wanting to be involved and helping in very tangible and practical ways. In the past 3 weeks alone, I have received messages from several people offering to volunteer with our work.
The month ahead is less busy with travel and speaking engagements, but more filled with writing and video projects. For the past few weeks I have been working on an article for Leaven regarding the Doctrine of Discovery and War. LEAVEN’S objective is to make theological reflection about Christian ministry accessible to the modern reader. I also recently published an article on my blog titled "Why I didn't take Communion at Urbana 2015" ( http://wirelesshogan.blogspot.com/2016/03/why-i-didnt-take-communion-at-urbana.html). This article has been read fairly widely and I have received some very good feedback from it. I am also planning to do some writing for my upcoming book as well as a few more articles for my blog and Native News Online.
I am also taking some time during this lull in my travel is to create some video resources regarding the Doctrine of Discovery. About 3 weeks ago I produced a video titled "What is the Doctrine of Discovery (in 7 minutes)" ( https://youtu.be/N3oc84aLC-Q) and just this week I released another video titled "Flags behind Columbus statue in Washington DC flying at half mast" ( https://youtu.be/f-oKBcFohyI). The first video describes what the Doctrine of Discovery is and how it has influenced the founding documents on our nation. The second video is a reflection I shared regarding the movement in our nation to re-appropriate Columbus day as a Native American Heritage Day. Both videos are getting a fair amount of views and initiating some needed discussion.
This past month Rachel sent out our first regular newsletter to our ever growing mailing list. Over the past year people have been signing up for a mailing list on my website. We started this list to communicate regarding the work on a Truth and Conciliation Commission. So far over 400 people have signed up and Rachel is taking the lead in communicating with this group.
Once again, thank you for your financial partnership and continued encouragement in this work. The majority of our income continues to come through my public speaking, but I think the most influence is taking place through my writing and our online video resources, which currently generate very little income. Your giving to our crowdfunding campaign helps us greatly in months like this one, when I am not traveling and speaking publically but am home with my family and focusing on other much needed aspects of our work.
Mark and Rachel Charles