A Prayer for Standing Rock: A Service to Support the Water Protectors

A Native American Celebration on Thanksgiving Eve at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul.
A blue cloth representing the Missouri River was laid down the aisle of  Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul, as part of a service offered to support Water Protectors. The service was held Thanksgiving Eve.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul held a Thanksgiving Eve service to honor, pray for, and support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

It was a beautiful service, and it included prayers and readings that could be modified and used for many faith traditions. The service is reprinted below. Continue reading

Upcoming Events: Thanksgiving from a Native Perspective; Book Reading “All the Real Indians Died Off” and Other Myths; Kevin Locke in Town

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul is planning a special Thanksgiving Eve Service that will celebrate the holiday from a Native American perspective. It will be Wednesday, November 23, starting at 7 p.m. at the church, 285 Dale Street North.

Joann Conroy (Oglala), a church member and ordained Lutheran pastor, is helping organize the event. Joann also is president of the ELCA Native American/American Indian Lutheran Association.

The details are still being worked out. Initial plans call for lifting up the ELCA’s recent vote to Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th Century justification given to Christian explorers to seize lands from indigenous peoples and convert or enslave them. (More details in this blog.)

Redeemer’s choir will sing, but organizers are looking for others to participate, whether song or drums or speaking on The Doctrine of Discovery. Fellowship and food will follow the service, likely both fry bread and pie. They also may take a donation for the Water Protectors Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota – for winter tents and camping gear.

More details will be printed here when we know them. Interested in participating? Contact Joann at joan.conroy@gmail.com Continue reading