Over the years I have protested. My first protest, with tiny babe in arms, against development of Trident Missiles. My most recent opportunity came when the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, UCC General Minister and President, and numerous other religious leaders called for clergy to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at Canonball, North Dakota Why? As the Standing Rock Sioux have dubbed their movement, MNI WICONI. Water is Life. They were taking a stand to protect the clean, cold, flowing water from the Dakota Access Pipeline. The nearest source of fresh water.
The image expanded as my husband Matthew and I wondered whether we should go. By morning, a sense of call was strong and clear. It was impractical, inconvenient, yet when I pressed for it to go away the inner tug would not disappear. I felt called to stand with the Standing Rock Souix Water Protectors.
Water is life.