United Methodist Leaders Show Support for Standing Rock Sioux
and Affirm Commitment to Water as a Basic Human Right
Global Ministries to Issue Public Statement at National Center for Civil and Human Rights
ATLANTA, Ga. (December 2, 2016) – Seeking to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux impacted by the Dakota Access Pipeline and affirm the United Methodist Church’s commitment to indigenous people, leaders of the General Board of Global Ministries will issue a public statement and conduct an awareness event following a week long visit at the Oceti Sakowin camp and surrounding reservations in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
The Global Ministries event will be held Monday, December 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
According to the latest press reports, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is building a 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline to carry oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point at Patoka, Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux have stated the pipeline will harm drinking water and cultural sites. In North Dakota, the proposed pipeline will cross the Missouri River, the tribe's only source of drinking water, and nine of its major tributaries, as well as treaty-protected land belonging to the Hunkpapa Sioux.
The General Board of Global Ministries is the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church. One of its programs is the Native American and Indigenous People's ministries led by Executive Secretary Glen Chebon Kernell.
Kernell and communications staff will be at Standing Rock December 1-5, to be in communion with the Native American leadership and community there. The team will report on their visit during the press event in Atlanta.
"As a worldwide mission agency we witness the continuous undermining of the indigenous people's way of life at Standing Rock and around the world. We see the devastation to land, the disruption of everyday life, the rampant infringement on religious freedoms and the ready denial of access to clean water. Now at Standing Rock the world is watching. What will they see?" asks Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of Global Ministries.
Global Ministries is not alone in it's work to eradicate injustices committed against indigenous people as part of the United Methodist Church. The General Board of Church and Society, The General Commission on Religion and Race and United Methodist Women have a history of standing in solidarity with indigenous people everywhere. Hundreds of Methodists have also joined in the Standing Rock protest regularly bringing supplies and volunteering at the camp wherever possible.
Media contact: Mary Andreolli, Executive Director of Communications, 919.356.4488
About the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
The General Board of Global Ministries is the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in New York City in 1819, Global Ministries today supports 340 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in a total of 136 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting www.umcmission.org or follow www.facebook.com/GlobalMinistries and www.Twitter.com/UMCmission