Catholic Sisters Raise Giant Cross on Top of the Pipeline on Palm Sunday

Photo Credit: Kevin Lynn

From our friends at Lancaster Against Pipelines:

“The Adorers of the Blood of Christ held a very memorable Palm Sunday service. One hundred people braved the mud and chilly temps to “Stand With the Sisters” as they prayed, raised a 12-ft cross, and dedicated a heart-shaped meditation labyrinth directly atop the Transco pipeline that was forced on their land against their will. Fittingly, the Order’s official symbol is comprised of a cross and heart.

Yesterday also marked the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Adorers’ Columbia, Penn., community. Local Lancaster (Pa.)  media published a story on Saturday highlighting that history.

The Palm Sunday service at the Sisters’ outdoor chapel, followed by the dedication event in the pipeline right-of-way, was a powerful tribute to the deep religious convictions of this remarkable community of women, including their profound commitment to the sanctity of Creation.  See the LNP story here.

We continue to be inspired by the Adorers’ bold, public commitment todefend the Earth, curb fossil fuel use, and reduce climate change. The Sisters still await a ruling from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on their religious freedom lawsuit, which challenges the “right” of Williams to install a fracked gas pipeline on their own land in direct violation of their core religious convictions.”

Read more about the Adorers of the Blood of Christ’s battle to defend their land.

Video: Protecting the Sacred – Water, the Environment, and Climate Change

This 30 minute CBS News video includes some of our best leaders on water, climate change, and watershed discipleship.

Christiana Zenner Peppard is a professor of theology, science, and ethics at Fordham University. She wrote in Come Ye to the Waters (If You Can Afford It) in Sept-Oct 2017 Sojourners and is author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis.

Tara Houska, Ojibwe, is a tribal-rights attorney and the national campaigns director for the indigenous-led environmental-justice organization Honor the Earth. She has served as adviser on Native American issues for Bernie Sanders’s campaign, cofounded Not Your Mascots to fight the appropriation of indigenous culture, and protested the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist at Texas Tech University. She wrote Climate Scientist, Christian on Climate Change and Wildfires for Sojourners, as well as the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions and contributed to the June 2017 Global Climate Report.

Melinda Harnish Clutterbuck (pastor at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster) and Mark Clutterbuck are cofounders of Lancaster Against Pipelines. Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC, is peace, justice, and integrity of creation coordinators for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. I wrote about their courageous witness in Developers Are Trying to Build a Pipeline Through a Watershed. These Nuns Built A Chapel In Its Path.

This week, Oct 1-6, Lancaster Against Pipelines and the Adorers will be defending their land and waterways through blocking Transco-Williams’ bulldozers. Please pray and contribute to the collection for these saints.