Five hundred years of Anabaptism and colonization


  • Sarah Augustine Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition


Anabaptism, colonization, decolonization, Doctrine of Discovery, anniversary, Indigenous Peoples


I have the great privilege of sitting on the “Anabaptism at Five Hundred” advisory group put in place by MennoMedia about two years ago. It has been wonderful to join with diverse Anabaptists in creating resources to commemorate our shared identity. While I am a Mennonite woman, I am also Indigenous. As a Tewa (Pueblo1) woman, it is impossible for me to engage in this celebratory look into our Anabaptist history without also viewing the history of Anabaptism through the lens of my people.

Author Biography

Sarah Augustine, Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition

Sarah Augustine, a Pueblo (Tewa) descendant, is cofounder and executive director of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition and cofounder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, where she has worked in relationship with vulnerable Indigenous Peoples since 2005. She is the author of The Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery (Herald, 2021) and coauthor with Sheri Hostetler of So We and Our Children May Live: Following Jesus in Confronting the Climate Crisis (Herald, 2023).