Mountain Sky Outlook: Sand Creek 150 years later
The slow, difficult work of remembering the history, honoring those who died and healing broken communities and relationships continues. This is the work of cultivating abundant life.
November 29, 2014 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. Clint and I, along with our three sons, will be there and hope that many of you will join us.
United Methodists commemorated this tragic event and its long-lasting scars during the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain annual conference sessions. Now we have an opportunity to join descendants of the Massacre in a solemn public commemoration over five days from Saturday, November 29, through Wednesday, December 3. The official website, including the schedule for the Commemoration, is sandcreekmassacre150.com. Anyone intending to participate during any or all of the five days, or to volunteer, should register at this site.
To help you plan your participation, here is an overview of events scheduled:
November 29, 2014: 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre
- 9 a.m.: Prayerful Preparation for Opening Ceremonies, Eads United Methodist Church, 110 E. 11th St., Eads, Colo. Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church.
- Noon: Departure by bus from Eads UMC to Sand Creek Massacre Site.
- 1 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies for the 150th Commemoration, Sand Creek Massacre Site.
- Dawn: 16th Annual Spiritual Healing Run & Walk begins at Sand Creek Massacre Site.
- Dawn: Spiritual Healing Run & Walk begins each day in a different location.
- Dawn: Color Guard at the grave of Silas Soule, Riverside Cemetery, Denver.
- 11 a.m.: Runners arrive on west steps of the Colorado State Capitol with closing ceremonies.
The Rocky Mountain Conference is inviting people who want to participate in the opening ceremony to a Prayerful Preparation gathering at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 29, at Eads United Methodist Church, prior to the 16th Annual Spiritual Healing Run & Walk. All are invited to attend, reflect and learn more about the Sand Creek Massacre before heading to the opening ceremony of the run, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Sand Creek National Historic Site. Parking will be very limited at the Sand Creek Massacre site, so the Conference has arranged for boxed lunches and a charter bus to carry people from Eads to the site. If you can contribute $35 to cover the cost that would be great. If you can't, then ride anyway to reduce the number of cars at the site. Please register online for the Saturday Prayerful Preparation at Eads UMC and to ride the bus.
The Spiritual Healing Run & Walk itself begins at sunrise on Sunday, November 30. This is not a race. You can run or walk as far as you choose any or all days from Sunday through Wednesday. Or you can encourage the runners along the way with your prayers and cheers. Contributions to help Native American runners from out-of-state participate in the Spiritual Healing Run & Walk are still urgently needed. Make your contribution to the Bishop's Fund for Native Peoples on the Rocky Mountain Conference website.
Surely God, known to us in Jesus Christ, is leading us into these rare and precious relationships and this holy, healing work.