President’s Message: Standing Rock

dsc_2569At San Francisco Theological Seminary, we stand with those who stand for justice. The current path of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline threatens the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s access to clean water and infringes on their sacred burial grounds. We stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their determination to seek justice and halt the construction of the pipeline.

This seminary has a long tradition of equipping students who are active in peace and justice issues in the world, as part of how they live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are honored and proud to stand with Rev. Bentley Stewart (SFTS M.Div. 2015), as he goes to serve as chaplain to the veterans who are gathering this week to stand with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

We are grateful for the Disciples Seminary Foundation and their financial and moral support of Bentley’s ministry.

We, too, have been shocked at the militarized and violent suppression of the peaceful protestors at Standing Rock.

We gather to stand with Bentley, and to pray for and bless him as he leaves on this important and courageous work.

Rev. Dr. James L. McDonald
President and Professor of Faith and Public Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary
November 30, 2016

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Updated, December 4, 2016:

Breaking News: In a decision celebrated by the thousands of protestors gathered at the Standing Rock site, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that they would not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and would instead “explore alternate routes.” via RollingStone.com