Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lenten Resources for Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday March 5

A few years ago, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on the work of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Subsequently, our diocesan MDG Committee changed its name to the SDG Committee and would like to commend the following link to learn more about the SDGs through Episcopal Relief & Development:

We anticipate doing more work with them at our Diocesan Convention in October. However, since the first Sunday of Lent (or some other Sunday in Lent) has been declared by the General Convention as “Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday,” the Committee encourages congregations to identify an Episcopal Relief & Development effort that works toward one of the SDGs and use the offering from the special Sunday, the ER&D hope chests, and/or other fundraising activities to generate money during Lent for their chosen project.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday and Lenten Meditations

With the beginning of the Lenten season approaching, congregations in the Diocese of North Dakota are invited to observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on the first Sunday in Lent, March 5, 2017.   In this service, we are asked to pray for those living in poverty or without the basics for life, and for victims of conflict and natural disasters. Together, we give thanks for all those around the world utilizing local resources and expertise to counter scarcity and imbalance.

To help prepare for Lent and Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, we encourage you to order the 2017 Lenten Meditations guide. This year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.   

The devotional, as well as additional Lenten resources, is available for download online at www.episcopalrelief.org/Lent.   Copies may also be ordered by contacting the Episcopal Media Center (EMC) at 1-866-937-2772, or http://episcopalmarketplace.org.  All materials are free; a minimal fee will  be charged for shipping and handling.  You are encouraged to order materials by February 15th to ensure they will arrive in time for Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Standing in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Statement by the North Dakota Council of Indian Ministries 
of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota 
on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Dakota Access Pipe Line 
August 19, 2016

  1. The North Dakota Council of Indian Ministries (NDCIM) of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their peaceful and prayerful efforts to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) because of its degradation of sacred sites and possible catastrophic contamination of their drinking water and irrigation projects.
  2. The NDCIM calls upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its decision for construction of the DAPL, especially in light of the disregarded recommendations of three federal agencies (the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation) for further study and investigation of environmental impact. Furthermore, the rejection of the original plans for construction north of Bismarck due to potential dangers to their drinking water is an obvious example of environmental racism.
  3. The NDCIM calls upon the appropriate governmental authorities to re-open State Highway 1806. Not only is this closure an unnecessary inconvenience to Standing Rock residents, but it has effectively resulted in an economic sanction against the Standing Rock Nation.
  4. There are Native American veterans and non-Native veterans alike that served in the Armed Forces historically and to the present day to protect the US and all citizens.  Their valiant efforts should never be forgotten and based on that we support the efforts of government to government (sovereign tribal nations, states, and federal government) relations to resolve the DAPL crisis in a peaceful, expedient manner that is beneficial to all. 
  5. Given resolutions of recent General Conventions of The Episcopal Church (TEC), including but not limited to the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery (2009-DO35), the expression of Solidaritywith Indigenous People (2012-A131), the call to protect IndigenousPeoples’ Sacred Sites (2012-A132), and opposition to EnvironmentalRacism (2000-D005), the NDCIM calls upon the Presiding Bishop and the Office of Government Relations of TEC to advocate for us.
  6. The NDCIM requests the Diocesan Council to allocate 10% of the value of our Bakken royalties for 2016 for outreach efforts to the NO DAPL and Sacred Stone camps.
  7. The NDCIM invites other Episcopalians and people of good will to join us in these efforts.                                                                                  

The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith, Bishop                  Robert F. Fox, NDCIM Chair
(Potawatomi)                                                            (Sahnish)

Endorsed by the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota: August 20, 2016