Solidarity in Prayerful Silence

Dec 3, 2016 | 1 comment

standing-rockTomorrow at nine a.m. Pacific Standard Time, interfaith leaders will gather beside Chief Arvol Looking Horse at Standing Rock to join in silent prayer.  They have invited people from around the world to join them in the hope that “Our vibration will lift the spirits of those Protecting the Water while inviting the people looking down from the other side of the razor wire to pray with the world.”

I have no doubt that many of us here on the Peninsula will be among those ‘gathered’ even though we cannot get to North Dakota. The entire pipeline issue aside, the treatment of peaceful protestors – most recently turning firehoses on them in freezing weather – has sent shockwaves around the globe.

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Prayer Vigiil at Standing Rock, Saturday November 26th

On FaceBook, or elsewhere, you may have seen that during the last Global Synchronized Prayer, on November 26, the police stood down at the same place where they had previously violently pushed back the Water Protectors. If there is a chance that tomorrow’s silent prayer will again help, I say go for it!

And, if you live in proximity of the Peninsula, there will be another opportunity on Monday.  The local group of Society of Friends (also known as Quakers) has scheduled Monday, December 5, 7-9 p.m. as a time “to pray together for Standing Rock, peace, sacred water, and respect for Indigenous rights.”  They will be meeting in the Ilwaco Community Room (in the City Hall/Library Building).  At the meeting there will be an hour of silence.  The public is invited to attend and to participate.

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At Standing Rock

The date and time for this meeting were chosen before the global vigil was announced and too late to get an announcement into last week’s Chinook Observer. I was asked last night if I might mention in my blog and I am happy to do so, though I doubt these words reach enough people to have much impact.  So… if possible, please pass this on in any way possible – on FaceBook or through email or just an announcement wherever and however:  “Silent Prayer Vigil for Standing Rock, Monday, December 5th, 7-9 p.m. Ilwaco Community Center.”

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Last night Dave and I talked about the fact that if we had a motor home we would be on the road headed there, right now.

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