Never before has a pipeline protest galvanized so much support. Hundreds of indigenous nations from across the world have made it clear: The Dakota Access Pipeline is not welcomed. This pipeline runs through the the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s sacred ancestral lands and under the Missouri River — their primary source of water. In fact, any pipeline leak or rupture would mean contamination of the river, affecting over 17 million people downstream.
This non-violent, direct action at Standing Rock has been met with violence from authorities. As Christians, we cannot be bystanders, but must be active participants in God’s desire for justice.
Join Richmond Eastern Catholic Church in praying for a just and peaceful solution to the concerns of the First Nations at Standing Rock. Let us pray for inspiration and repentance, that everyone, ourselves and especially the powerful decision makers in the United States, be good stewards of God’s creation.
The Prophet Isaiah cried out from the heart: “Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance. For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.” (Is. 63)
Let’s pray and demonstrate our solidarity with Standing Rock.