Stand with Standing Rock
The United Methodist Church – through the statements and actions of General Conference – has continually affirmed the importance of protecting creation and the importance of building bridges of respect and understanding with indigenous persons. Confronted with the ongoing marginalization and oppression of native peoples, we must pair our acts of repentance and healing with acts of solidarity and justice.
Currently, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is calling on people of good will to stand in solidarity with them to protect their sacred lands and waters by opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois. The planned pipeline route crosses sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation threatening the physical, cultural and spiritual resources of the community.
Take action today to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Let President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers know that we stand with those advocating for the protection of sacred land and waters and ask them to listen to the concerns of the community and pursue a course that protects God’s people and God’s planet.