The Adorers of the Blood of Christ take seriously our beliefs cited in our Land Ethic, which include honoring the sacredness of all creation and reverencing Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.

As an international community of religious women, we have witnessed to this Land Ethic by hosting an Earth Summit in Ruma, Illinois; resisting gold mining in Guatemala; and for the past three years, by standing in resistance to the plans of Transco/Williams’ to install and operate a massive fracked gas export pipeline on the very land we hold sacred in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

As part of this commitment to continued resistance, we announce our decision today to appeal our Religious Freedom and Restoration Act case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beyond this resistance, we are called to advance the cause of renewable energy sources because of our long-standing commitment to the land and to our religious beliefs “to preserve and nurture creation.” In response to this call, we will be exploring ways to be involved in an energy project that is clean, sustainable and earth-friendly. As we have done with our resistance work, we will partner with Lancaster Against Pipelines, and others who resonate with the words of Pope Francis, in his encyclical, Laudato Si’:

The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change….Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home…We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” 

We’ve begun some preliminary investigation into creating a solar farm on our land in Lancaster County, including conversations with individuals and organizations who want to help make this happen. While we don’t know where this exploration will lead, we feel compelled to move forward in our efforts, joining with the greater Lancaster County community’s commitment to not just resist climate-changing fossil fuels, but actively create an alternative vision.

Pope Francis also writes, “Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we received also belongs to those who will follow us.”

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