How Then Shall We Respond?

by Micky ScottBey Jones

photo credit: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel

#NoDAPL protest at Standing Rock / photo by Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel

What has been the response from various churches to the Indigenous-led protection of water at Standing Rock and opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL)? A few denominations have issued statements, sent representatives and offered leadership on how Christians can demonstrate faithful engagement. May we be encouraged and challenged to repent of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery birthed by the church and enforced by empire, and may we practice instead a sacred solidarity. Here’s a roundup of support and statements:

How is your denomination, local church or faith-based organization taking action to show care for creation in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux people? Comment below to share!

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1 Response

  1. brian christoffersen says:

    Hello as a member of the United Methodist Church I’ve noticed the efforts of our church to practice acts of reconciliation for our sins against the indigenous nations of this land. Please read this article on how members and offices of the UMC are supporting the rights of the native people and love of the land. http://www.dakotasumc.org/news/united-methodists-stand-with-standing-rock/

    “Wilson sees the action and support of The United Methodist Church as vital to the integrity of the church.

    “The United Methodist Church has been on this Act of Repentance journey for eight years. Many conferences have had special services, learned about Native people. If we are sincere about being in community with Native people, this Act of Repentance, this is a great time for us to put our words into action,” said Wilson.

    Some further information:

    Our church’s social teachings affirm “water is a sacred gift from God” and call us “to ensure that water remains pure and available to all.” (2016 Book of Resolutions: #1033, Caring for Creation: Our Call to Stewardship and Justice). Our teachings also recognize that too often we have turned native people’s sacred lands into dumping grounds and therefore call us to work diligently “to ensure the right of indigenous populations to free, prior and informed consent are transparently honored” (2016 Book of Resolutions, #1025 Environmental Racism)

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