With all that’s going on at Standing Rock, and the Church’s spotlight on the issue, we’ve decided to dedicate this week’s issue to sharing Standing Rock resources.
To start, here is the Standing Rock tribe page—a great place to learn more about the history and issues at stake, and to explore ways you can take action. Head to the Stand with Standing Rock page to learn more about support you can offer.
Here’s an excellent video, including a beautiful reflection on prayer (starting at 7:27).
This interview with Teresa Pasquale Mateus offers really helpful perspective on what’s actually happening on the ground at Standing Rock, and considers the broader spiritual framework of the issue. A key quote:
“The gathering at Standing Rock is not only blocking a pipeline’s construction; it’s much more than that. These prayer-warriors are full of hope and the resilient faith that dares to envision another world. People from all faiths are participating in ceremony as an act of resistance, chanting: “Mni Wiconi, Water is Life.”
And today, Bishop Curry sent a powerful letter to the Governor of North Dakota and the Sheriff of Morton County. The full letter is here. A quote:
“The Episcopal Church is grateful to stand with the people of Standing Rock in their efforts to respect and protect the Missouri River and the sacred burial grounds of the Sioux Nation. We do so seeking to follow the way of Jesus of Nazareth who taught us that love of God and love of our neighbor is the highest moral law and religious duty (Matthew 22:37-40, Luke 10:25-37).”
Lastly, the Episcopal Church homepage currently features more on Standing Rock and actions you can take.
Scott Gunn recently described Advent in Forward Today as a time for “waiting, but not for waiting around,” noting that this season lends itself to action and social justice. To that end, we’ve launched a new series of “Advent Actions” on the blog. Each Sunday this season, we’ll be publishing 3 suggested actions you can take for the week: one around civil society and government, one with neighbors, and one at the home. The project feels all the more timely given what’s happening at Standing Rock. Click on the candle below to see the first set of Advent Actions, and check back on Sunday for the second.
“Waiting, but not waiting around.” Amen.