LANCASTER COUNTY: 1 year anniversary of the dedication of the Chapel of Resistance

This is an event planned and run by our friends at Lancaster Against Pipelines and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. 

Can you get to rural Lancaster County on SUNDAY, JULY 8? Read on below from our faith-full friends at Lancaster Against Pipelines and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ – Ministry of Vocations   Details below.

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Can’t be there in body?   Be there in spirit.

Dear Friends,

Believe it or not, we’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the Chapel of Resistance that was dedicated last July by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. More than 300 people attended that remarkable cornfield event in solidarity with these bold Sisters. It was a powerful declaration of our collective commitment to defend this sacred Earth against the violence and greed of a gas industry that operates above the law in Pennsylvania.

On Sunday, July 8, at 2pm, we’ll gather again at the Chapel for a one-year anniversary celebration event. Please join us!

A lot has happened at the Chapel over the past year, establishing this site as one of the most visible symbols of anti-pipeline resistance in the state of PA. Back in March, on Palm Sunday, the Sisters raised a 10-ft wooden cross and created a giant heart-shaped labyrinth directly atop the pipeline as a public proclamation that environmental justice is a spiritual and moral imperative. When Williams threatened to tear down the cross, the Sisters calmly added a new sign in the right-of-way that reads: “We continue to affirm our religious right, and duty, to challenge Transco’s unholy and unconstitutional seizure of our land for a climate-warming fossil fuel project.”

That cross still stands today.

The topsoil has yet to be replaced on the Sisters’ land, their Civil Rights lawsuit against Williams and FERC is still pending in the Third Circuit, and fracked gas has yet to flow through this pipe.

In other words, our struggle for justice at this sacred site is far from over.

Come join these courageous Sisters in a celebration of holy resistance for all that matters most to our community: the good Earth, clean air and water, our children’s future, and honoring our moral obligations in the face of corporate greed and corrupt political systems.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Adorers’ Outdoor Chapel
Sunday, July 8 @ 2 PM
3939 Laurel Run
Columbia, PA 17512

 

LANCASTER: Chapel 23 trial date

We believe the trial is to take place at the county courthouse, in the city of Lancaster.  There is not a specific time yet.  We’ll keep you posted!

We will share as we have more details about the trial for the 7 members of the “Chapel 23” who pled Not Guilty to charges of criminal trespass, and so will take the continue the work during a trial.  These are individuals who stood in the way of pipeline installation work on the land of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.  These are the resistors who chose peaceful arrest, and chose to go to trial.  The defendants include Harrisburg PA IPL member Barbara Van Horn.  Harrisburg PA IPL member Rachel Mark was part of the protest as well.

Praying with the Adorers #CovenantWithTheFuture

We pray for the earth as our sisters, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, go to court to protect it. We pray in the words of St. Hildegard who reminds us:

The earth is at the same time mother,
she is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human,
she is mother of all,
for contained in her
are the seeds of all.

We pray for strength, courage and peace for our sisters, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, protesting the fossil-fuel industry’s stealing of their land for immoral gains.
And we pray that we may follow their example may increase our own passion to protect the earth. We pray in the words of St. Hildegard who knew:

Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth
is penetrated with connectedness,
penetrated with relatedness.
We shall awaken from our dullness
and rise vigorously toward justice.
If we fall in love with creation
deeper and deeper,
we will respond to its endangerment
with passion.

Anne McCarthy, osb
Jan. 18, 2017
Benedictines for Peace

Many of you know that the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a community in rural Lancaster County, PA, has been resisting the seizure of their land by eminent domain for a pipeline to transport fracked gas to processing and export terminals.  They’re fighting the seizure of their land on religious freedom grounds, pointing to their long commitment to care for the Earth and all who live there as one of the primary reasons they own the land at all.

In the spring of 2017, the Adorers dedicated an interfaith chapel on the edge of a cornfield on their land, which has been used actively by the Adorers themselves, and by many other religious gatherings and groups since spring/summer 2017.  The Adorers are supported by Lancaster Against Pipelines which is led by a Mennonite clergyperson, Malinda Clatterbuck.  There are lots of national and international news pieces about their objections and commitment to care of our Common Home.

Tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2018, they will be heard in Federal Court in Philadelphia. While many people will go to support them in person, we also want to assist the much broader community of support. With that in mind, we have gathered prayers generously shared with us by women religious across Pennsylvania. The prayers include Franciscans, Benedictines, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We invite you to use these prayers, and to offer your own, sharing them on our Facebook page as you are so moved. If you do share prayers on social media, please use the hashtag #CovenantWithTheFuture, which will help savvy people connect to a full list of the prayers and intentions. We will share the attached prayers throughout the day. Please watch for them and share and reshare on your own pages.

Join the many, many people supporting the Adorers by sharing these prayers and your own. May they be a door through which we can lend our support in Spirit, whether or not we can be present in body.

*The hashtag, #CovenantWithTheFuture comes from the PA IPL Board Resolution calling for no new fossil fuel infrastructure, which refers to infrastructure as a “covenant with the future.”