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Giving and Forgiving

Donations continue for emergency aid for the Wind River Indian Reservation.  The most generous was a check from a woman who lives here in Riverton for $1,200 and wrote, “I am fortunate to be okay during this crisis. I think the WRIR emergency aid is a much better use for the stimulus check I received.” The Presbyterians (USA) have given and committed nearly $20,000 from church related gifts for the WRIR emergency aid, instigated primarily by the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne.  The Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming in March gave $10,000 to every congregation in the state for COVID-19 relief, which benefited the WRIR through St. David’s in Fort Washakie and Our Father’s House in Ethete by $20,000 to start the foodbank we are supporting. What are other denominations and churches doing?  I would love to hear about it. Did you know that four of the seven COVID-19 related deaths in Wyoming were on the WRIR?  The increase in positive tests has increased from

There's One WRIR

Since last Sunday, the Riverton Peace Mission in cooperation with the Wyoming Interfaith Network raised an additional $6,000 for Mutual Aid on the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) for emergency food and hygiene supplies.  This brings the total raised in the last couple of weeks to about $13,000. Donations have ranged from $5 to $5,000 from individuals and organizations, with most from churches. First Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne contributed $5,000.  Highlands Presbyterian Church announced today that they have been awarded a grant for us for $7,500, which is yet to arrive. The first $3,500 was used for purchases in Cheyenne and delivered to the WRIR on Easter weekend.  The second round of funds was sent to Our Father’s House for food (30%) and to First Stop Help Center (70%) for hygiene products.  We aim to keep our turn-around time short from when the funds come in until they get distributed.  More at this time is for hygiene supplies since that was identified being in most

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God..."  Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount.  We saw lots of peace-making this past week. Here are a few of those peacemakers: Rev. Roxanne Friday, a priest, who is leading the effort with the two Episcopal churches on the WRIR, St. David’s (primarily Eastern Shoshone in Fort Washakie) and Our Father’s House (primarily Northern Arapaho in Ethete) to organize food and supplies gathering and distribution starting with their $22,500. L’Dawn Olsen , of Eastern Shoshone descent, who called 4 of us together about 10 days ago with a vision for collaborating for mutual aid that has expanded to more than 20 of us connecting in one way or another.  She works for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and continues to be a driving force to keep this movement going. Carol Harper , Northern Arapaho and with life experiences that brings together a number of traditions and skills

What Would Jesus Do?

Today (Sunday, April 5) I posed the question on Facebook “ What would Jesus do in response to COVID-19?”  Responses ranged from “Stay at home” to “Still ride into Jerusalem on a donkey for the beginning of Passover” to “Heal the sick and feed the hungry.”  In some ways I think all of those are true, as there is not just one response.  I am staying home in isolation (Day 17 now) as a way for me to stay well and not become a carrier, but I can also help to feed the hungry and worship during Holy Week through social media. Although this too shall pass, normal will  never  be the same as it was one month ago.  The impact of the COVID-19 will be long range socially and economically.  As we prepare for needs today and the next couple of weeks, we also ought to consider how we rebuild systems for a sustainable future based on equity and economic justice. In fact, returning to normal is not what we want. Action now being taken: Two young people have collected forms from 300 fam