Faith In Action
A note from Rev. Andrew Black, Director of Community Relations, Education and Veterans Outreach
Dear Spiritual Leaders,
As many of you know, today President Trump was in Salt Lake City today to announce devastating cuts and drastic rollbacks to environmental protections to both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.
Our work and trip to Bears Ears was not and has not been in vain and now more than ever your voices are important, your wisdom is needed, your prayers are essential and your advocacy must know no bounds.
We're receiving more resources and information to assist with community outreach and sharing the spiritual leaders' trip with others. Thanks to Sophie Shemas, Public Lands Fellow, New Mexico Wildlife Federation for these.
Here are links to various news stories and articles about the visit to the Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah of nearly 30 faith and tribal leaders. These were collected by Rev. Andrew Black, Director of Community Relations, Education and Veterans Outreach, New Mexico Wildlife Federation
"We just returned from a visit to the Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah in the company of nearly 30 faith and tribal leaders. Our group undertook the journey to stand in solidarity with the indigenous tribes that have held this land sacred for millennia, and to raise a moral voice for the importance of the protection of indigenous sacred sites and public lands that are endangered by the expressed intention of the Trump Administration to diminish or eliminate many national monuments."
Read the entire Bears Ears National Monument Op-Ed piece signed by some of the spiritual leaders, including our Conference Minister Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons, who recently came together to protect this sacred place.
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