Date(s) - 10/24/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist


On the occasion of Columbus Day, Nicolette Toussaint reflects on America’s history from the viewpoint of someone who has recently discovered a secret kinship with people of color.

“The Doctrine of Discovery”-  a papal bull first issued in 1455 – gave Portugal permission to invade and colonize West Africa; it later allowed Columbus and other Christian explorers to claim the American colonies. Asserting that Christian Nations had the god-given right to own any land occupied by non-Christians, the Doctrine laid the ground for the theft of Indian lands, slavery, the US civil war and political divisions that persist even today.

Digging into family secrets using DNA new digital research tools, Nicolette was startled to find that her family’s divisions mirrored not only the civil war and settlement patterns of colonial America, but also spanned the color divide. Although she’s always lived the life of white girl, secrets in the blood have revealed truths about how interconnected we Americans really are.

Ellen Stapenhorst, who says she’s also a daughter of America, has written original music for this special service. Nicolette will be lay “preaching”.

NOTE: This is an updated version of a service originally given during summer 2021. Since that service, many people have asked for a recording, encouraged Nicolette to write a book or repeat the service. So “Daughter of America” is back by popular demand. (And this time, it WILL be recorded.) Don’t miss this one!

TIME: This is a recurring meeting that occurs at 10 am on Sunday morning, always on Zoom and once a month in person. The Zoom meeting link and ID is the same every Sunday. If you would like to attend, and you don’t have access to that newsletter, you may get the login information from


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 978 9302 3273


SAFETY RULES FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES: TRUU is having live services at Third Street Center at least once a month. Fully vaccinated people are welcome to attend. In addition, those who are not vaccinated, feel at high risk and those who can’t easily get here are welcome to watch our services Sunday mornings at 10am via Zoom. Videos of our services will also be posted here on our website, on the Sermon Archive page.)