Standing Rock

Dear ECLC, 

Water is life. At Standing Rock, Water Protectors continue to devote themselves to nonviolence, while actively opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline threatens to disturb sacred land and burial grounds, and contaminate the water source for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and many other communities downstream. What is meant to be a prayerful and peaceful protest is being met with escalated violence, pitting people against people. No person deserves to be sprayed by water cannons in below freezing temperatures. No person deserves to be shot with rubber bullets. No person deserves to be pelted with rocks. Displaced indigenous people are calling out for support and relief.

Our presiding and synodical bishops have issued the following statements, as a reflection of our commitments as people of faith:

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's Statement

Minneapolis Area Synod Bishop Ann Svennungsen's Statement

On December 11th, we will have a Sunday Forum to learn from those who have been to Standing Rock and can speak from firsthand experience, including ECLC members Mary and Allison Breen.  Please join the conversation as we seek justice for all of God’s Creation.

God’s Peace, 

 Pastor Erik & Pastor Stephanie