Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lent 16: Earthly



Badlands National Park
3 September 2010


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Tragedy, resistance, and hope

Forty years ago today, the American Indian Movement arrived in Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Concerns focused on corruption in the tribal government and the killing of Raymond Yellow Thunder. The location profound symbolic value.

On December 29, 1890 a band of Ghost Dancers under Big Foot, a Lakota Sioux chief, was surrounded by the 7th Cavalry near Wounded Knee Creek.  The demand came for the Lakota to surrender their weapons. A shot cut through the air – it remains unclear from which side. More shots – many. many shots – followed. When the shooting stopped, Big Foot and many of his people, perhaps 150, perhaps as many as 300,  lay dead. Reports indicate that nearly half the dead were women and children. This battle, the Wounded Knee massacre, ended the Ghost Dance movement and marked the end of the war of the United States against the Plains Indians.

The events that began on February 27, 1973 led to a 71-day standoff – the siege of Wounded Knee.

The anniversary brings a time to remember both the events of the past and the current situation faced by the Oglala Lakota. Nicholas Kristoff writes:

Unemployment on Pine Ridge is estimated at around 70 percent, and virtually the only jobs are those working for the government or for the Oglala Sioux tribe itself.

There are, of course, some reservations around the country that have struck it rich with gambling or other ventures. But here in the prairies, those riches are only rumors.

Half the population over 40 on Pine Ridge has diabetes, and tuberculosis runs at eight times the national rate. As many as two-thirds of adults may be alcoholics, one-quarter of children are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and the life expectancy is somewhere around the high 40s — shorter than the average for sub-Saharan Africa. Less than 10 percent of children graduate from high school.

It is also a time to ponder signs of hope – a campaign to address youth suicide, an effort to make use of renewable energy, and Red Cloud School to name but three. National Geographic has a number of stories as well.

Past, present, and future. Tragedy, resistance, and hope. Remember, learn, and act.

See you along the Trail.


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Lent 15: Hear

M22 Spirit 4 November 2012 Central Park

A few days after Sandy visited New York,
visitors to the reopened Central Park heard
“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”

Bethesda Terrace
Central Park, Manhattan
4 November 2012

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Lent 14: Lift

F26 Lift Highlands Camp, CO 25 August 2012


Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center
Allenspark, Colorado
25 August 2012

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Purple flowers, Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus, May 2, 2012

Delicate purple flowers,
take root among stones:

2 May 2012
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland


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Lent 13: Cover


Cleveland Heights, Ohio
13 August 2011

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Lent 12, Second Sunday in Lent: Vision

Visiion Isaiah Wall, Ralph Bunche Park, New Yor 15 June 2012


Isaiah Wall
Ralph Bunche Park
Manhattan, New York
15 June 2012

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Lenten photo-a-day challenge 2

Lots of folks are participating in the Lenten photo-a-day challenge. It is great fun to see their posts.

Check some out at #rethinkchurch and #rethinkpcusa.

It is also interesting to see how people are approaching this project. Some are taking photos for each day.

I am using old photos – photos I have taken through the years. The one exception is one day when I used a photo of my family taken by my sister-in-law. Going through the photos brings back many memories. Remembering is key dimension of Lenten preparation. This project has been a blessing.

See you along the Trail.

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Lent 11: Live

M19 Dream

United Nations Tour
New York, New York
31 July 2012

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Lent 10: spirit



Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Washington, DC
25 March 2012

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