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Ferguson and Sand Creek: A Call to Prayer for Justice and Peace

November 19, 2014

Mountain Sky Outlook: A Call to Prayer for Justice and Peace
November 2014

To United Methodists of the Mountain Sky Area,

I call upon United Methodists, in hope of a future of peace and justice, to a season of prayer surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday this year.

November 23, 2014

As we all await the outcome of the Grand Jury reviewing the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I encourage you to share this letter from Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Area as appropriate with your congregation. I call all United Methodists in the Mountain Sky Area to prayer for the people of Ferguson and for all who work for justice and peace in that community and across our nation during worship on November 23. These events are a reminder of the persistent racism that continues to divide our nation and that people of faith must be persistent in overcoming.

November 30, 2014

One hundred and fifty years ago on November 29, nearly 200 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapho people were killed on the banks of the Big Sandy River in southeast Colorado in an unjustified massacre by U.S. Cavalry troops. Please pray for descendants of those who died, those who survived, those who led the attack, and many citizens who will participate in the Spiritual Healing Run from the site of the Massacre to the Colorado State Capitol, November 29 - December 3. Resources are available to help your church remember the Sand Creek Massacre through your November 30 worship service.

Elaine J. W. Stanovsky