I am proud to bring greetings from all your sisters and brothers in Christ here at Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and from the 524 clergy and seminary students who were able to heed the call of the Episcopal church and the priest here.
I am so thankful to all of you for sending me on your behalf, and to know that you are holding me and the people here in prayer.
Today I am flying back. Yesterday was a marvel: representatives from each of the western churches gave copies of a papal bull that set forth the doctrine of discovery, permission in Christ's name to dispossess indigenous peoples of their land and rights. Each of these representatives told how their tradition had now repudiated that doctrine, and then the elders burned the copies of the papal bull.
We then marched to the bridge you have seen in the news and prayed and sang. The police left us alone. I was able to greet the assembly on your behalf and tell them we support them and hold them in prayer.
And that was that.
I'll have more news when I get back. But thank you for sending me and praying for me.
See you Sunday!