photo by Wil SternerSix Oceti Sakowin Camp elders and reletives came to Kansas City to attend UUA General Assembly, presenting a double-workshop, and offering a public event of music and storytelling on Sunday evening. AND, yes, GA attendees had opportunities for meetings and interactions all during the week.

THANK YOU’ for the support and trust of all who donated to the Faithify campaign to extend UU hospitality and support to these Elders and Friends though all of the UUA General Assembly. As the last 7 days ticked off, donations pushed through the minimum fundraising goal, the stretch goal, and beyond.

Responses came in to confirm that readers and donors magnified the message by forwarding, sharing, and contacting friends with a call to contribute. What a powerful network!

The Oceti Sakowin Camp and water protectors convergence at Standing Rock was a historic, transformative space that drew thousands of people from across the world together for protecting water, indigenous sovereignty, and the sacredness of Mother Earth from the Dakota Access Pipeline and the ongoing devastation caused by continued fossil fuel extraction and repression of Indigenous peoples.

One continued blessing to the Unitarian Universalist faith community after the experiences at Oceti Sakowin was an invitation to be in ongoing relationship and collaboration with the Indigenous-led InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC), and Stories and Songs of the People. For more information about the Collaboration, visit the  INITC website.

Thank you for your generosity and support!