Presiding Bishop urges North Dakota governor, sheriff ‘to monitor the…

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA December 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm Ronald Davin just an FYI:https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2016/12/01/episcopalians-helping-in-southeastern-u-s-fire-recovery/The Episcopal Church is helping the victims in TN. In fact in most areas of need there’s a church or community of churches that reach out to help those in need but it doesn’t always get the same press as other “news” items. Peace be with you. Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The following is a letter sent  Nov. 30 by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry to North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier concerning the situation at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.November 30, 2016Dear Governor Dalrymple and Sheriff Kirchmeier:I pray that this letter finds you well, and I want to assure you of my prayers. It has been my privilege to visit and learn firsthand about the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Dakota Access Pipeline, and I appreciate the complexity of the conflict you currently manage.The Episcopal Church is grateful to stand with the people of Standing Rock in their efforts to respect and protect the Missouri River and the sacred burial grounds of the Sioux Nation. We do so seeking to follow the way of Jesus of Nazareth who taught us that love of God and love of our neighbor is the highest moral law and religious duty (Matthew 22:37-40, Luke 10:25-37).Hundreds of Episcopal clergy and lay leaders have traveled with other people of faith to Standing Rock over the past several months to bear non-violent witness to the water-protection efforts underway near Sacred Stone Camp. Reports from the ground from our own members present alarming accounts of undue force used by law enforcement against the water protectors.Given the November 25 notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as Governor Dalrymple’s November 28 executive order, I urge you to monitor the nature and tone of the policing actions by local and state law enforcement, the National Guard, and private contractors. I also ask that you take action to address and stop the use of water cannons and rubber bullets, as well as the use of military equipment that escalates tensions between the parties. I am deeply concerned about the number of protectors who have been injured, and the potential loss of life that could result from the continued use of these tactics.A delegation of approximately 30 chaplains trained to assist people experiencing trauma will be standing with the water protectors in the coming days, especially as veterans also gather this weekend to stand with Standing Rock. These religious chaplains are called to care for those who are wounded, traumatized, or seeking spiritual support; they have pledged not to participate in demonstration activities. As they carry out their work, I ask that you safeguard them, ensuring that they meet no harm or violence as they seek to bring healing to all those gathered at Standing Rock.I close once again asking your patience, attention and respect for the people and communities in your care. Please trust that we will keep you in our prayers moving forward. If our church may be of assistance in the creation of a peaceful and just way forward, I would welcome that invitation.Faithfully,The Most Reverend Michael B. CurryPresiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church Susan Virginia Mead says: Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Indigenous Ministries, December 2, 2016 at 11:45 am Thank you, Presiding Bishop Curry for asking for the monitoring and safety of the water protectors, the veteran protectors, and the chaplains. You are our role model in living the Jesus Movement. “Surely as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” Standing Rock Jane Stewart says: December 3, 2016 at 3:17 am Yeah, because asking for peace and respect is just another form of lobbying…NOT! An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Jon Spangler says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID December 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm I encourage any one of white privlege to stand up not stand by and go pray and thank out water warriors.They will thank you for coming and there will be no violence when the crowd is filled with faces of many colors. December 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/11/21/water-cannons-fired-at-water-protectors-in-freezing-temperatures-injure-hundreds Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA December 2, 2016 at 12:29 pm The Episcopal Church is carrying out the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to love and seek justice. If that is lobbying, I support it. C. Daniels says: December 3, 2016 at 6:31 am AMENAmen December 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm The Church has always stood for justice and the oppressed. This shouldn’t be news to those who pay attention to those readings on Sunday December 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm Bishop Curry, Thank you for guiding all of us to lovingly, compassionately, and directly address challenging situations. May we all continue to pray and try to find a constructive, respectful, and peaceful solution. Chaplains with special training and experience can bring a healing presence. They will be a blessing! Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Jon Spangler says: December 3, 2016 at 10:52 am In a way, yes. This what the Gospel is all about – lobby on behalf of those who live at the mercy of others who value money over people Curate Diocese of Nebraska December 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm God’s peace and blessings to you, Presiding Bishop Michael. Rector Tampa, FL Catherine Cheek says: Nancy Mott says: David Whitted says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group December 2, 2016 at 11:06 am Unfortunately, Really seems like the Episcopal Church is becoming a political lobbying organization. December 3, 2016 at 5:37 pm Why do you say “unfortunately”? Donna Jerome says: Barbara Cavin says: Andrea Harwood-Jones says: Featured Events Susan Fiore says: December 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm The Episcopal Church has alays supported the Christian value of nonviolaence. And support of the disdnfranchised. The first Episcopal Bishop in Minnesota two centuries ago, worked as a partner with the Chippewa. The MN Episcopal flag is a broken tomahawk and a cross combined. At devout ceremonies like the induction of Bishops, there are always drumming circles. So we have not become political suddenly. In the 60s and 70s we provided sanctuary for frightened immigrants. It’s appropriate, in my view of Christianity, to protect the peaceful, the wesk, the infirm, those in prison. And to be witnesses and counselors in times of trauma. After 9/11 our priests ran to the Towers, and died in them saving others, and became the safe space for the first responsders for the months afterwards. Christianity is not a passive thing. Episcoopal Community Services is always on the front lines. Ronald Davin says: December 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm Our Presiding Bishop is not a toadie of money and power. The conflict is not only over a treaty — which we dishonor ourselves by ignoring when it suits us — or over sacred land or over protecting the millions who depend on the Missouri River for water. It’s a conflict over whether money and power will prevail, or the future of our children and the planet will. Those who choose to remain ignorant about the impact of these pipelines, and oil itself, on our air, water and soil have no right to an opinion. Those who choose to put money and power ahead of our children and the future of our planet are among those whom Jesus called hypocrites, snakes and vipers, whited sepulchres. Christians are not called to be cowards, we are called to care for one another and creation itself. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Elaine Wilson-Reddy says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ December 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm Every person needs to protest this pipeline, whether you are religious or not!! It’s about water-that’s why the Army Corps of Engineers stopped this today. There are so many issues involved in this, but the bottom line is non-replaceable safe water supply-once it’s damaged, it’s done. I’ve been listening to the discussion on this all week. Now tonight there was the announcement that Trump has thousands of shares in this company that has been trying to destroy the water supply! Trump sold a bunch of shares they said this summer, but still has thousands left! Instead of focusing on “what would Jesus do?” rhetoric, as U.S. citizens, we should be calling for Trump to resign as president -elect due to his massive world business holdings and business ownerships that are going to interfere in making decisions regarding not only our welfare as U.S. citizens, including oil pipelines, as well as the welfare of the people in other countries! December 4, 2016 at 11:24 am Proud to be Anglican! December 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm Donna Jerome, In the Book of Common Prayer, pp. 304-305, the Baptismal Covenant has the Celebrant asking several questions… Celebrant:Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?People:I will, with God’s help.Celebrant:Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?People:I will, with God’s help.Striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of EVERY human being, often has political and lobbying implications for the Church…and in this case it is necessary to protect our native people’s rights and privileges in protecting sacred tribal lands…I was ordained to the priesthood in the tribal church of the sovereign nation of the Onieda, the Church of the Holy Apostles and was honored to be there for several years.here in Wisconsin, which once had 100 tribes of First Peoples, now we have less than 12. …so the Episcopal does need to stand up and be heard! Richest blessings. Catherine Cheek says: Kate Rose says: Duchess says: December 3, 2016 at 6:01 am Totally agreed! December 3, 2016 at 1:36 pm Do you support those aligned with the pipeline protests who defaced Washington’s World War 2 Memorial ? That crime against property went right against the core valuesof many of us. Rector Washington, DC December 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm I think Donna Jerome has the Episcopal Church confused with the churches and ministries of Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, John Hagee, Marcus Lamb, James Dobson, et al. Those are the churches/ministries I’ve watched lobbying for political power gains. Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Comments (42) Featured Jobs & Calls Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Melissa L. Smith, PhD says: Ronald Davin says: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Submit a Press Release Donna Blankman says: Catherine Cheek says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Will Smith, MS says: Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis December 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm Bishop Curry, you are a blessing to the Water Protectors and to the Episcopal Church as well. Thank you for your strong and compassionate leadership regarding the travesty that is NODAPL. Comments are closed. Cynthia Bloomquist says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Al Blackwell says: December 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm You are correct Ronald, millions of dollars of construction trucks and other construction material has been destroyed by “nonviolent demonstrators” but the episcopal church fails to talk about this. December 2, 2016 at 7:23 pm I’m sure Episcopal Relief and Development will be in Tennessee helping those who need help. They are the ones who know how to help and what to do. They do it all the time. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Kathryn Kerr says: The Rev Dr Kenneth King says: Regina Hogarth says: December 2, 2016 at 11:21 am Thank you Bishop, chaplain and water protectors. Valerie Ohle says: December 2, 2016 at 11:45 am Fortunately I see a broad base of love that has come from the church to help assist those in need. We will help them maintain their optimal health and will help with their spiritual needs. They are as much God’s people as we are, and we will not leave them to suffering. We do stand with them and will help them. Anne Bay says: Rector Smithfield, NC Elizabeth Cox says: Jim Prevatt says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ December 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm @Ronald Davin, The Church always goes where it is needed. I never read anything that said the Episcopal Church supported violence, but crimes against property are faR less serious than crimes against people, such as the ND law enforcement officers spraying peaceful (nonviolent) demonstrators with water cannons–at night–in freezing weather. Do you support abusive law enforcement? I do not… This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Christine Draughon Wantland says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK December 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm Thankful for your loving guidance, .Bishop! December 2, 2016 at 1:16 pm If Jesus wasn’t the best role model for standing (praying, being willing to die in the nonviolent fight) against the abuse of power, I don’t who who was, is, and ever shall be. Ashley Wilkes says: December 4, 2016 at 11:43 am Thank you, Bishop Curry! It is clear from the comments that the work of Evangelism is still needed even within the Body of Christ called Episcopalians. If there is an allegiance higher in ones heart than the promises made at baptism then soul searching is needed. May we all stand with those who seek to do justice. Posted Dec 2, 2016 December 3, 2016 at 11:44 am PB Curry is clear in his expressions of caring and prayer for persons of all sides AS PERSONS. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rev. Kathleen Bleyaert, Ph.D. says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Presiding Bishop urges North Dakota governor, sheriff ‘to monitor the nature and tone of the policing actions’ on Standing Rock Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Nancy Mott says: December 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm Doing what Jesus did, speaking up for the disenfranchised among us. John Miller says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Susan Terrell says: Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Dakota Access Pipeline, christine grem says: December 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm Thank you Bishop Michael for your speaking out and offering a hand of reconciliation to the ND governor. I believe Jesus would be among those Native Americans and their other supporters. December 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm That is being done. It was mentioned in church last week. December 3, 2016 at 11:45 am PB Curry is clear in his expressions of caring and prayer for persons of all sides AS PERSONS. December 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm Thank you Bishop Curry. This needs to be said over and over until reasonable action takes the place of aggressive tactics. December 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm Why don’t hundreds of Episcopal clergy travel to Tennessee to help the people burned out of their homes, and do something useful instead of watching the tone of the police ? By the way, was it the police or protesters who burned the construction trucks and did we monitor the tone of those who destroyed these vehicles ? December 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm Thank you, Bishop. It seems that a lot of people don’t seem to have the same compassion for our Native brothers and sisters as they do for others. Thank you for making sure we treat others as we would like to be treated. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR December 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm Thank you, Bishop Curry for being the leader we need. Frank Julian says: December 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm Not at all. Just trying to heal the earth and its people and to make peace, just as The Founder and Creator commanded… Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI December 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm Then you don’t know the Episcopal Church as well as you thought you did. We carry the Gospel of Christ into this broken and troubled world–supporting peace, love, & reconciliation between all people. I hope you will join us in this action because it is the only action that will bring us back together. Sue Ryan says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags December 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm Just trying to do the work of Jesus Pat Roy says: Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Brenda Harris says: last_img

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