The message of Easter is, “Even in the midst of the world’s crosses, there are signs of resurrection.”
The Standing Rock Sioux, other indigenous people, and their allies come to Washington, DC to speak with policy makers about their sacred duty to protect the water, the land, all of creation. We are invited to join them in “standing up like a mountain” with our own prayers, advocacy, and public witness.
Women in Africa are courageously speaking out about their particular concerns in areas scarred by mining, and are pointing the way to a future of smaller-scale extraction of natural resources that benefits local communities and minimizes impact on Earth. We pray that their voices are heard in discussions about implementing global goals for sustainable development.
Indigenous peoples around the world call us to stand in solidarity with them and with Earth out of love, not anger or hate. Will we hear their challenge to us to break our addiction to fossil fuels, which is based on the oppression of so many communities?
Residents of Flint, Michigan, have been dealing not only with contaminated water but also with the psychological ramifications of knowing that authorities ignored a massive public health hazard for far too long. We pray that we heed this warning, that we hold our elected officials to greater account and take actions on our own when necessary to protect our land, water, and communities.