Mni Wiconi, the Lakota phrase for “water is life,” was a rallying cry in the 2016 pipeline protests on Standing Rock reservation. Now, it is the cry of our sisters and brothers in Navajoland who have been ravaged by a foreign virus that can only be contained by social distancing, repeated hand-washing, and responsive medical treatment. In rural communities without running water, hand-washing is nearly impossible, and with limited access to health care, COVID-19 has infected more Navajo people per capita than any state in the country besides New York. Here in D.C., our homeless siblings face a similar crisis, as churches are closing and shelters are refusing new admittances. When Jesus tells the woman at the well that he is the wellspring of water that is life (Jn 4:13-14), what does that mean for us to become living water for our sisters and brothers in downtown D.C. and across the country in Navajoland?
Join Seminarian Joe Hubbard for our second virtual Wresting with the Angel on April 26 for a conversation about what it might mean for St. Mark’s to be the church in these difficult times. We will gather online by Zoom from 1:30-3 pm EST, and our conversation will be live-streamed on the St. Mark’s Facebook page.