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As the banner at the entrance of our collective home proclaims, the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist congregation is "Standing with Standing Rock." As a Lakota nation, Standing Rock peacefully and prayerfully proclaims that water is life and, since September 30, 2014, has asserted that the Dakota Access Pipeline would threaten Lakota ways of life -- past, present, and future. We respect these declarations by Standing Rock, as well as Standing Rock's sovereignty in making them. It is our honor to stand with Standing Rock, our neighbor and our friend.
Sunday night, in below-freezing temperatures, unarmed water protectors just north of Standing Rock survived shocking assaults from water cannons. Many were traumatized, and some needed emergency room care. In the aftermath of these attacks, and in the months prior, my congregation has received countless messages from people around the country – and world – asking, "What can we do?”
You are all invited to a UU potluck at the church TODAY--Sunday, December 4th at 6:00 PM to visit with those that will have been at Oceti Sakowin (OS) camp all day and to give those that were unable to go to OS a chance to connect with our visitors and friends that did go.
All are invited; please come!
Are you wondering how you can support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock? We have two great ways you can help!
A friend of the Bismarck Unitarian- Universalists has generously donated much of the purchase price for a fully winterized yurt. We need to raise the funds for the remainder of the purchase price, a heat source, and lumber. The yurt will be used to house elders at camp, as well as Unitarian Universalists visiting camp in the winter. Please consider donating to help fund this project! https://www.generosity.com/faith-religion-fundraising/uu-presence-at-oceti-sakowin-yurt-fund
Oceti Sakowin is the "big camp" at Standing Rock, with more than a thousand people planning to spend the winter. Winterization is well underway at camp. The easiest and most direct way to support the camp is to donate at http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org.
Please read the letters below from Unitarian Universalist Association President Rev. Peter Morales and our very own Rev. Karen Van Fossan on prayerful solidarity with Standing Rock. Please consider coming to Standing Rock in faith and solidarity!
North Dakota officials hope to quell protests with fines
ND Governor issues evacuation order for Oceti Sakowin
Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault speaks at public forum sponsored by Dakota Resource Council
Morton County Sheriff sued for excessive force in dealing with Water Protectors
The many ways to help Standing Rock
Below is a link to a petition on Change.org from our UU Social Action Working Group to request President Barack Obama instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement to better evaulate the effects of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Please sign and share widely if you feel so moved to do so!
From Bismarck, take I94 West to Mandan Main St Exit
LEFT on 10 Ave SW, which turns into Hwy 6
Stay on Hwy 6 south
(You will need to take a LEFT to continue of Hwy 6 when Hwy 21 splits off, about 25 miles south of Mandan)
LEFT/EAST on Hwy 24, 15 miles until you reach intersection of Hwy 1806 (there will be law enforcement at this intersection)
Go LEFT/NORTH to reach the camp
YOU CAN make a difference in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline! We encourage you to write to president Obama, requesting that the Army Corps of Engineers conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on DAPL. We also encourage you to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Below are some facts to help you craft your letters and the address for The White House.
White House email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
White House mailing address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would span 1,172 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois & would carry more than 450,000 barrels of fracked oil per day from Bakken oil fields in ND to Illinois.
DAPL was originally routed to cross the Missouri River about 10 miles north of Bismarck, but was re-routed to cross just north of Standing Rock because of concern for polluting Bismarck’s water supply if a pipeline leak should occur.
DAPL was fast-tracked: DAPL was permitted under Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which is a blanket permit that allows a pipeline to be considered as many small individual projects that are exempt from the environmental review required by the Clean Water Act & the National Environmental Policy Act. DAPL is a major project that should require a full Environmental Impact Statement, as well as reviews and analyses under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
The trust responsibility of the the federal government requires tribal consultation - government to government consultation - on a project when a tribe attaches religious and cultural significance to a site, whether or not the land is on an Indian reservation. In the case of DAPL, the Standing Rock Nation was informed of the plans for the pipeline relatively late in the process, and their concerns were only heard by relatively low-level officials in the Army Corps of Engineers. It appears that DAPL did not conduct new archaeological surveys for the project, but rather relied on a 1985 survey. In early September, the tribe filed court papers documenting sacred sites along a portion of the pipeline route; the very next day, over the Labor Day Weekend, and before any ruling could be made, Dakota Access began construction on the area, destroying any evidence of sacred sites.
Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am
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Two Sunday Services: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM with fellowship and coffee in between
Youth RE offered during 10:30 AM service only
Sunday, December 4
INTERFAITH DAY OF PRAYER AT OCETI SAKOWIN CAMP IN STANDING ROCK
1) In lieu of our regularly scheduled Dec. 4th program we have accepted *Chief Arvol Looking Horse's invitation to go to Oceti Sakowin for an interfaith prayer service, lunch, and discussion. We will caravan from the UU @7:45am to the camp. We are hoping to identify those willing drive as well those in need of a ride. It is likely that vehicles will be returning to Bismarck at varying times, we will try and match you up as best we can so please tell us if you have a preference. For more info go to bismanuu.org . The link to your poll is: http://doodle.com/poll/u888dib6nrh4phyh
2) Here is a second poll link to connect you with a friend to travel to Oceti Sakowin. Most of the people that have been to Oceti Sakowin did not go alone their first time. Although we will be in a large group it might make it easier and more comfortable for people to go to camp for the Dec. 4th Interfaith Prayer Service if they had a designated friend to accompany them. If you would appreciate having or being such a friend we would like to know so we can connect you. This link to this poll is: http://doodle.com/poll/7fyt5i7p9geyh9xh
Sunday, December 11
THIS I BELIEVE; THIS I DO
Elicia Faul and JP Holmes
As UUs, we hold a belief in 7 Principles and the sentiment that what we do while here on Earth matters. In this popular service format, Elicia and JP will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles.
Sunday, December 18
"WHERE DID ALL THIS STUFF COME FROM, ANYWAY"
Performed by UU Youth
Our holdiay service will be "Where Did All This Stuff Come From, Anyway" performed by our youth. This brief play provides information on the source of some of the traditions we associate with Christmas.
Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day
CHRISTMAS YULETIDE SERVICE
Join us on Christmas Day as we sit around the fireplace and share seasonal songs and readings. Bring Christmas treats to share if you have extras. The church will provide hot cider, decaf coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and the warmth of good fellowship. Bring your friends and family for this cheerful service.