Jennifer Schrock wrote this prayer for her own use during Advent. You are welcome to use it in public settings. For background on the Oak Flat situation, see MCCN’s Shared Practices page and the resources there.
A Prayer for Oak Flat
God of the desert–
God whom Hagar named “the God who sees me,”
See the place where water flows,
nourishing ancient oak trees
and the San Carlos Apache
come to gather acorns.
“Oak Flat” we say in English,
But the Apache have a name
more like music,
much older and wilder.
It is easy to see our voracious need for copper:
In pipes, wires, wind generators, solar panels, hospitals.
The Apache tell us of beauty, history, peoplehood,
the presence of God.
We may not know Oak Flat,
but we know Bethlehem.
We know Mount Sinai and the Swiss caves where Anabaptists worshipped;
where people still sing hymns.
Help us feel the pain of our brothers and sisters.
We have no solutions, only fervent prayer
For the San Carlos Apache
For the corporation, Resolution Copper
For You to act in ways that bring justice and peace.
For a way forward beyond all imagining.