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Standing Rock prayer camp Elders and friends will share stories, videos and music in a General Assembly workshop called, “Oceti Sakowin & Beyond: Creating Transformative Collaboration.” Your support is needed for their travel and related expenses to attend General Assembly.

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Photo witnessed by Wil Sterner

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.

Unitarian Universalists were among those who mobilized and were transformed by the experiences and relationships formed --- especially the UU Fellowship and Church of Bismarck-Mandan, the only church in Bismarck that joined the water protectors. One continued blessing to our faith community that came into being through these 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 info check out


Yet another blessing is that members of these collectives have accepted our invitation for them to join us and speak at the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, June 2018. Six Indigenous elders, friends, and relatives with the InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) & Stories and Songs for the People will be joining our UU faith convergence in Kansas City and presenting a workshop on Saturday, June 23rd:

Saturday, June 23 | 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 2103 B
What does it mean to be human? How do we relate with one another and the environment? The InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration will share experiences and insights of the Oceti Sakowin water protector camp and create opportunities to practice cultural safety, decolonizing conversations, interfaith and intercultural relationships, and well-being.

Your gift to this fundraiser will greatly help the INITC and Stories & Songs of the People to comfortably attend the full General Assembly: building and deepening relationships with members of our UU faith, and celebrating the ordination of Rev. Karen Van Fossan (minister of the UU Fellowship and Church of Bismarck-Mandan) during the Service of the Living Tradition. Thank you for your generosity and support!

Unitarian Universalism Connection

Many Unitarian Universalist individuals and organizations are in a covenanted relationship of collaboration, solidarity, and mutuality with the InterNātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration and Stories & Songs of the People, including the UU Fellowship and Church of Bismarck-Mandan, UUA Pacific Western Region, UUA MidAmerica Region, UUA Green Sanctuary Program, UU Ministry for Earth, Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, & UU College of Social Justice.


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