In 2013, I had the privilege of attending the Taiz community’s “Pilgrimage of Trust” in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The Taiz community invited young people from around the world to join them in solidarity with the Oglala people of Pine Ridge, the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other historic events. There is much poverty, much injustice, but also resilience and hope.
At Pine Ridge we read Isaiah; we read about a new kind of messiah. Not one who would lead an army, not one who would rule in a palace, but one who would be oppressed and killed. Isaiah speaks of a messiah with a new way, one that had never been imagined before.
At Pine Ridge we spoke of and longed for a different kind of way, one that is scarcely imaginable. We strived to envision a day when the violent impact of colonial history is not felt, when we will live side by side with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, in peace and in true equality.
Where do you see the need for a ‘new way’?
Creative God, you bless us with the surprise of hope even in the darkest places. Help us find new ways of being when we cannot imagine them. Amen. — RL