Presiding Bishop Michael Curry brought words of encouragement Sept. 24 to people who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spent part of Sept. 24 at Oceti Sakowin Camp, one of the camps along the Cannonball River where people opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered,” reported the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service. “He spoke to ‘protectors,’ as the gathering calls itself, during the daily information and speech time. And he spent an hour listening to people’s hopes for the protest and for the church’s role in supporting the protectors.”

Pacing amid blowing dust and smoke, Curry spoke with passion.

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“You’re awakening hope that the world does not have to stay the way it is,” he said. “You’re awakening hope that maybe things can change. No, you’re awakening hope that things can change.

“I want to now suggest that Standing Rock may be the new Selma. This may well be the moment when nations come together, when peoples of goodwill come together to transform this world from the nightmare that it often is into the dream that God intends so that clean water is available to everybody, so that every man, woman, and child knows the peace and the goodness that God intends for us all.”

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