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A Reflection on Standing Rock: Water Protectors, The Law, and Economics

By John Gianoulis, a first year student at Underground Seminary who visited Standing Rock one month ago

How to Support the Water Protectors Right Now

One way that we can all surround the Water Protectors with love is by making calls to key stakeholders in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Even if you cannot go to Standing Rock or go to a Solidarity Action this week (there will be many with a Global Day of Action on Dec 1--we will update as we know more!), you can make calls or you can organize an action of your own.

En Route to Standing Rock

I write this as I’m sitting at the breakfast table of Abbi and Ben Heimach-Snipes in Chicago, where we stayed last night after six of us drove from New York City to Chicago. Once we got here we met Colleen Earp, who flew in to Chicago from Richmond, Virginia. In a few hours we will be commissioned at the Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago and then the six of us from New York, plus Ben and Colleen will head toward Minneapolis, where we’ll have dinner at the Church of All Nations and pick up three others in our delegation before heading on to Standing Rock.

Pastors Seeking the Well-Being of the City

We were twenty folks from eleven congregations in our neighborhood. Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Quaker and members of a Mennonite intentional community. Half Black and half white.

With support from our PPF grant, for the last year-and-a half, I’ve been building and re-building relationships with pastors and faith leaders in our neighborhood, the Near Northwest of South Bend. We are one square mile, with 3,600 people (about 40% Black, 60% white), two schools, a great neighborhood bar and seventeen churches or faith ministries. We have one of South Bend’s highest concentrations of PhDs and high school drops in our square mile.

Bread as the body of Christ

I’ve been pouring a lot of my free time into my application for Louisville Seminary’s Marriage and Family Therapy program! I’m really hoping that will be my next step once my time as a YAV is over so prayers would be appreciated. Now about 12 Baskets - [my worksite for my 2016-2017 year with Hands and Feet of Asheville.]

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