Events: Water Protectors Mississippi Headwaters Gathering; DAPL Film Screening; Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Study Group

Events listed in this blog:

  • Protecting Our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Mississippi Headwaters Sept. 21-23 sponsored by Stop Line 3, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Honor the Earth, and the Minnesota Council of Churches.
  • Film Screening: “The Eagle and the Condor — From Standing Rock with Love,” Oct. 8 at Augsburg University.
  • Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Study Group; Nine weekly sessions from Oct. 7 – Dec. 9, at Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis.

Protecting Our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Mississippi Headwaters

Headwaters of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca. (Photo courtesy of Bsstu through Wikimedia Commons.)

This weekend, groups opposed to the Line 3 Tar Sands Crude Oil Pipeline are gathering at the Mississippi Headwaters to “honor this source of life, celebrate the lakes and rivers of Minnesota, and build relationships to carry us forward in protecting these sacred waters.”

The Line 3 route tentatively approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will cross the Mississippi River twice, including the headwaters region. Some people are camping at Itasca State Park while others are getting hotel rooms. Camping sites still available. For details, see the event’s Facebook Page.

Film Opening: “The Eagle and the Condor — From Standing Rock with Love”

A special opening screening of “The Eagle and the Condor — From Standing Rock with Love” will air internationally on Indigenous Peoples Day, and locally will be shown at Augsburg University, Monday, Oct. 8, in the Sateren Auditorium, 715 22nd Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

A reception starts at 6 p.m., the screening starts at 6:30 p.m. and a post-screening discussion about Standing Rock will follow. The film explores “how and why indigenous people are standing up against a violent extraction-culture,” promotional materials say.

“The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016,” according to an email from promoters. “The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.”

Three-and-a-half minute trailer available here.

Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Study Group

This fall John Stoesz and Menonite Pastor Kristi Zabriski will be leading a 9-week adult education series on “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” at Faith Mennonite Church. We will be using curriculum developed by the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition, which can be found on their website at Study Guide.
The group will meet 11 – noon at the church, 2720 E. 22nd Street, Minneapolis, in the downstairs social hall every Sunday, October 7 – December 9 (except the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Nov. 26).
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