Third church to join repudiation movement
By Gale Courey Toensing
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs is the oldest Unitarian congregation in the state and the Statement of Conscience is the first it has issued in its 125 years of existence.
“It’s a really big deal in our faith,” said Dan Callaghan, the man who initiated the action in his church.
The Tarpon congregation is the third religious group in the U.S. in less than a year to disavow the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and support the adoption of the Declaration.
Below: "Dan Callaghan, a member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Tarpon Springs, has led the congregation to adopt a Statement of Conscience that repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery, urges the government to remove it from U.S. law, and adopt and implement the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The UUC of Tarpon Springs acknowledges 'truth as the only authority.'"