Mark Charles is a speaker, author, advocate, and an independent candidate for President in the upcoming 2020 election. His new book, co-authored with Soong-Chan Rah is Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery. To me, Mark is a conversation starter. His ideas bring to the forefront truths about our country and our faith that may seem at first unsettling (thus the title of his book), but for those very reasons require us to sit with them for a while. We can’t unknow what we have heard or read on these very important topics and Mark gives some suggestions for how we can take action with the new truths we’re learning. We delve into his family’s legacy of faith and eleven years on the Navajo reservation to their move to Washington D.C. and his entrance into politics.
*While this interview should not be seen as an endorsement, I hope you will use it as I have as a conversation starter in your life and as a springboard to further your education on our nation’s history and our responsibility to its future.
Mentioned in this episode:
The January Series of Calvin University – Lecture by Mark Charles on YouTube
The Doctrine of Discovery: A Buried Apology and an Empty Chair by Mark Charles on the blog Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan
Mark Charles 2020 campaign website
Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah
Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good by Steven Garber