Posts Categorized: Indigenous Peoples

Learning from Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities

By Sue Smith Sue Smith is a member of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness and Stated Clerk of Monmouth Presbytery. She is grateful to her colleagues in the Coalition for Healthy Ports for teaching her everything she knows about environmental racism. I was invited to the March Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) meeting…. Read more »

Parliament of the World’s Religions

Environmental Justice and the Doctrine of Discovery By Rev. Dr. Barbara Carnegie Campbell, Interim Pastor at Covenant PC,  Gresham, Oregon At the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religion in Toronto, Ontario last week, I heard someone commenting that Parliament is like “organizing a gathering for interfaith dialogue on issues of justice and having the whole… Read more »

Presbyterian Hymn-Writer: Hymns on Water, related to Standing Rock

These hymns are written and copyrighted by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, with permission given for free use to Standing Rock supporters.    We Were Born Out of the Waters NETTLETON 8.7.8.7 D “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   We were born out of the waters that give life to all the earth. We were made… Read more »

Prayers, calls and continued learning for Standing Rock

To keep up to date with calls to action, invitations to prayer, and continued links for further learning, visit the new Standing Rock page on this blog. Also, compiled on that page are PCUSA policies and the various articles and resources from the last few months for that page.  

Update on Standing Rock

Yesterday the Presbyterian News Services released an article “Standing in solidarity with Standing Rock” that reminds us to be in prayer after last week’s clashes in North Dakota as Native American brothers and sisters and allies continue to witness against the current construction plans of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Originally planned to be built near… Read more »

Support for Standing Rock

As colder weather soon begins in the area where hundreds of people have gathered with the Standing Rock Sioux–to protect water, land, tribal rights and harmonious relationships with the earth–Presbyterian Native American leaders are providing for ways that all Presbyterians can support this historical gathering. To begin with, as needs for safe and sturdy lodging… Read more »

Presbyterians Standing with Standing Rock Sioux and Others

You may have seen the recent Presbyterians News Service story on the Presbytery of Northern Plains’ earth care team sending a prayerful witness and supplies to the water “protectors” in North Dakota, through Rev. Paul Henschen, a member of Presbyterians for Earth Care.  This comes on the heals of the statement of support from Stated… Read more »

Environmental Justice: Prayerful Solidarity and Faithful Action

From Jean Ritchie’s “Black Waters” lyrics about the environment in Appalachia to hazardous waste disposal occuring primarily African-American communities, environmental justice concerns are part of our faithful concerns for our world to do better and to be better. Presbyterian teens are discussing environmental racism, mission co-workers are working with sisters and brothers around the world… Read more »

Teens Gather Around Environmental Racism

  What is environmental racism? What constitutes environmental “justice” for all? The discussions of these and other questions with the fabulous teens at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium last week were lively, stimulating, and meaningful. More than 85 young people made their way to this workshop on the Friday morning of Triennium, even as they had… Read more »