Our collective energy came together on the Winter Solstice as we prayed, reflected, celebrated, and gave attention to the sacredness of water. More than 140 people declared their intention to rebuke the Line 3 oil pipeline and offer a shared dream of justice and sustainability.
From near and far, you emailed us images and videos or posted them publicly on social media. Below are many of your beautiful offerings of connection.
A processional of puppets, people, and luminaries walked toward the pipeline construction from Honor the Earth’s Water Protector Gathering Center in Palisade, Minn (click for video) The #deer came out to protect the forest, land and water. #stopline3 because all the four leggeds need the water too (from Pickett Pictures in Palisade) Click to see photos shared by Cynthia Sarver of floating candles in front of houses or on stoops from their Minneapolis neighborhood Brennan Blue, senior paster with St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka, shares a reflection on stopping Line 3 and connecting with sacred water (click for video) Mey Hasbrook offered prayers for the Waters & the Earth, and the Water Protectors at the Mississippi and Willow Rivers. Painting by Ru Otto, Banishing Fundamental Darkness Jan Wann’s Solstice offering from Clear Lake, Iowa Because the river connects us all, from Liz Loeb and Sarah Cohn along the Mississippi in Minneapolis (click for more photos) An outline of Nonna Terra’s solidarity mediation & ceremony, which draws from the energies of the Winter Solstice & the Great Conjunction. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud prayed for collective energies for water protecting with luminarium on her front yard with neighbors Click for more photos from Suzanne Stenson O’Brien and Emma O’Brien. Water is sacred, from Ilse Hogan Griffin and Cường Quốc Phạm From Liz Minette Martha Schwehn Bardwell, Anna Rohde Schwehn and family prayed for the water and for all the creatures, plants and people who depend on water for life. Jordan Moser visited Jacob’s Well near Austin, TX, for the winter solstice to learn about the dark, say thank you to water and stand with @stopline3pipeline (click for more photos) Jolene Garrett Waupekenay shared an offering in Wisconsin (click for video) Lynnsey Plaisance shared a reflection on why she is in solidarity as a Roman Catholic (click for video) Kristen Anderson shared a reflection from Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River (click for video) From Sarah Sivright at Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis Terri Burnor shared a water poem by Paula Gunn Allen (click for video) Susan Redlich shared a photo from a solstice demonstration in Cambridge, Mass. From Karen Hulstrand along the St. Croix River Beth Bartlett’s water offering of melted snow, in prayer at sunset on the solstice Sophie Cameron and Jacquelyn Jenson from Cook County, Minn., pray for Gitchi Gumi every day as they see the destruction from Enbridge. Mya Wade-Harper shared her prayer time for the solstice solidarity action to stop line 3 Ethan shares reflections along the Lowell River in Washington state (click for video)
From Molly Stoddard along the Ottertail River in Fergus Falls, Minn. (a 2nd video of Molly singing starts at the 2:39 mark)
From Bret Pence at Lake Superior (Gitchi Gami)