Join Apache Stronghold for a Day of Prayer on November 4
A Resolution Copper mine threatens to destroy Oak Flat. From the beginning of time, Apache Stronghold has grounded their resistance in the strength of their religious practice and spiritual relationship with the land.
Apache Stronghold asks people of other faiths to join them in this spiritual struggle. On November 4, Apache Stronghold will amplify these intercessions into a prayer-rising for the preservation of Oak Flat. Indigenous people will gather at Oak Flat to pray according to their ways. People of other faiths will also gather to encounter the Holy and to confront, through prayer, the forces of destruction brought by Resolution Copper.
Come pray with us at Oak Flat November 4 from 8am-4pm! Prepare yourself in prayer and plan your transportation to this sacred site, located an hour east of Phoenix, Arizona. Or, organize prayers in your own community.
Learn more about Apache Stronghold and Oak Flat here.
Planning to attend the November 4 Prayer-Rising at Oak Flat?
We are grateful to you for joining us in a prayerful way! Below are some details to help you plan your trip:
We are invited to camp at Oak Flat the evening of November 3, as well as the evening of November 4. The campground is free, but please bring your own tent and sleeping gear. There are also accommodations in the nearby town of Superior.
Please plan for your own meals during the time you are at Oak Flat
The Coalition can assist you with finding a carpool to Oak Flat. Please indicate your interest in carpooling using the RSVP form.
The Prayer Rising event will be from 10am-4pm. Indigenous people will gather at Oak Flat to pray according to their ways. People of other faiths will also gather to encounter the Holy and to confront, through prayer, the forces of destruction brought by Resolution Copper.
Planning a November 4 Prayer-Rising in your community?
We are asking people of all faith traditions to pray alongside the Apache Stronghold for the sacredness of Oak Flat and all Indigenous lands. Specifically, we are being invited by Wendsler Nosie, Apache Stronghold leader, to pray for forgiveness for how our economic systems have harmed the Earth, and to pray for healing and transformation within these systems and among all people, so that human and more-than-human kin will have a livable future. Below are some questions to consider as you plan for your November 4th event:
Who are the Indigenous people of your land?
How is the land sacred to Indigenous people? Which places are known to be sacred?
What is your connection to the land you live on? How do you understand the land as sacred, from your tradition?
How do you see the connection between the Apache Stronghold’s prayers for their sacred land, and Indigenous land recovery and sovereignty where you live?
How can you pray with your community in a way that honors all land as sacred, and asks the Creator for forgiveness, healing, and transformation?
What can you do to honor the land where you are? To weave your prayers with the Apache Stronghold and their sacred lands?
Tell us how you plan to participate on November 4th! Please RSVP using this form.
We’d love to hear about your Prayer-Rising event! Please use the RSVP form to share about your event with us.
Want to join us in prayer? Help the Coalition to reach 24-hour prayer coverage for Oak Flat on November 4! Sign up for your prayer time here.