A charge for those who go to Standing Rock for the Clergy Day of Action

Ephesians 6:10-18

Put on the whole blanket of God, to keep you warm in the Great Plains November. Our struggle is not only against corporations and against the authorities that line up with them, but mostly against the almost cosmic powers of racism, against the spiritual evil with so much terrible history, so much powerful media, and so many insidious whispers – this is not my battle.

Therefore take up the whole blanket of God, so that you may be united on November 3, having come from the love in your heart to stand firm in justice. Therefore fasten the belt of listening to those whose land this is and who have been here since April, and put on the sweater or jacket or poncho of community. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to dance, walk or be jailed for the water of life. With all of these, take the shield of willingness to hold sacred that all that is sacred to others. Wear the hoodie of hope, and carry a backpack filled with the prayers of all who from every corner of this nation support you. Paul would agree that backpacks are better than swords.

Pray in the Spirit at all times to the end that your action be not for this day alone but may persevere in advocacy for the saints who fought the Dakota Access pipeline before you arrived and will fight it when you go home to comfort, and may you return to honor always the stolen lands of indigenous people upon which your churches and homes and malls and hospitals and schools are built.

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3 Responses to A charge for those who go to Standing Rock for the Clergy Day of Action

  1. Elsa Marshall says:

    Thank you Maren. I will
    wear the “hoodie of hope” and send my prayers to the backpack of solidarity which certainly must be better than the sword.

  2. Maren says:

    I have a viisual image of you in that hoodie!

  3. Reblogged this on Jeff's Jottings and commented:
    While I will not be at this Clergy Day of Action, my prayers will be … and I hope to find a way to be physically present with those who are protecting our mother earth some time in the new year.

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