|Memorial to Chief Gall who invited|
the Episcopal Church onto
|St. Elizabeth's, Wakpala, SD|
on Standing Rock
After the news last week of the escalating actions by officials against the Standing Rock Water Protectors, I was kept awake at night about how to respond from so far away. Hearing of peaceful protesters teargassed, shot with rubber bullets and violently arrested was deeply disturbing. I am aware of both of the environmental and human rights issues at play here - and also feel that this happening to people and a place I feel so connected to there must be a way to participate in taking action. A colleague reached out to me and said she was interested in going, and Sara and I offered to fund her trip. I asked my Bishop, Alan Gates, if he would also pay for someone to go if I could recruit them. He said he would send two people. It snowballed from there, and my Vestry said they would pay for me to go - so now a large delegation will be traveling from Boston to meet up with almost 400 others in Standing Rock.