AMBS stands with Standing Rock: An open letter from the AMBS community

AMBS stands with Standing Rock: An open letter from the AMBS community

Photo credit: Ken Gingerich

By: Alison Brookins (AMBS MDiv student) and Katerina Friesen (MDiv 2016) with Sara Wenger Shenk (AMBS president)

As Christians, we are called by the gospel to stand with the oppressed and the marginalized. For weeks now we have been following news of the Water Protectors gathering at Standing Rock to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have been praying with them, that their voices would be heard, that justice would be done, and that they would persist in prayerful nonviolence.

We want to join our voices to the Water Protectors who are calling us all to protect the sacred trust of water. As they remind us, Mni Wiconi: Water is Life. We call on our Anabaptist Mennonite community to stand with Standing Rock through prayer, presence and financial action.

Stand with Standing Rock in prayer

  • As individuals and congregations, you can join the Water Protectors in prayer, calling upon the Lord to let justice roll down like pure waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing, forever-unpolluted stream.
  • Invite friends and your community to join in prayer and fasting on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4, days when 100 gathered clergy will hold a peaceful vigil with the people at Standing Rock. Alternately, host a prayer vigil at your congregation or near your local river or water source.

Stand with Standing Rock in presence

  • If you are interested in being part of a Mennonite faith-based delegation to Standing Rock, please fill out this form at the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition’s website.

Stand with Standing Rock in financial action

  • Support the legal defense fund to assist nonviolent protestors who have been arrested and incarcerated.
  • Move your money out of banks that are supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Decrease your dependence on fossil fuels by making sustainable lifestyle choices, individually and as a community.

Educate yourself on the Standing Rock Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) of North Dakota has chosen to reclaim its sacred burial sites and ancestral homeland next to the Missouri River. It was theirs under the U.S. Treaty of 1851, but revoked by our state and federal governments. A private corporation is seeking to construct an oil pipeline on this land without an agreement from the Standing Rock Nation. The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry billions of gallons of oil from the North Dakota Bakken oil fields through farmlands, run under the Missouri River in two places, and cross through many other rural communities and sensitive water and wildlife habitats. The river is the Standing Rock Sioux’s and many rural communities’ only source of water. To learn more, visit the No DAPL Solidarity website.

Standing with Standing Rock,
Alison Brookins (AMBS MDiv student)
Katerina Friesen (MDiv 2016)
Sara Wenger Shenk (AMBS president)

To add your name in support, see this form.