Standing Rock: Hope and a Call to Action

Quaker author and teacher, Marcelle Martin, wrote one of the most comprehensive, yet concise overviews of Standing Rock and the Water Protectors I’ve seen. The queries she poses and examples of numerous actions offer helpful guidance as I consider how to act.

A Whole Heart

Several people I know have made the journey to Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, where thousands of Native Americans and their allies have been prayerfully endeavoring to protect the Missouri River from the dangers posed by the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). From afar, I’ve been trying to follow news of what is going on there. I’ve found articles and videos from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and other mainstream media. The reports that have most touched my heart, however, have been videos focusing on the Native people at Standing Rock, and first person accounts by other people of faith who have traveled there, including a member of my Quaker meeting. These stories have helped me piece together a picture of a courageous witness in a time when all of us need to ask: How is God calling me to act…

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  1. Happy New Year to you and yours. My prayer is that the next year will be one of more light and health. What has been sown in deceit is now being reaped. May 2017 be a time for reaping what has been intended for good.

    Wendell Berry put it best: The seed is in the ground Now may we rest in hope While darkness does its work.

    Feliz Anos Nuevo from Panama 🇵🇦


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  2. Happy New Year to all of you, as well. So glad you could return to Panama. I share your hope and prayer for 2017 as well as a desire for clarity about how I’m called to act to help reap good.

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