Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
Outdoor Chapel at 3939 Laurel Run
Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512
After three years of resistance to keep a climate-warming, fracked-gas pipeline off their land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ are entering an exciting new phase of their spirited struggle to affirm the sacredness of Creation.
Their plan is twofold: (1) to advance their legal challenge against the power of the gas industry; and, (2) to pursue a dream of offering an alternative to climate-warming fossil fuels.
Step One: Supreme Court Appeal
In a legal battle that attracted national attention, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently sided with the fossil fuel industry over the religious freedoms of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ when they upheld the forced seizure of the Sisters’ land for a climate-warming pipeline. This project represented a blatant violation of the Adorers’ deeply held religious convictions about the sacredness of the Earth.
After a careful consideration of their options, the Adorers have decided to appeal their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Sisters will formally announce their decision and offer additional details pertaining to the filing.
Step Two: Solar Farm to Harvest Clean Energy
At the press conference, the Adorers also will launch the exploratory phase of their dream to create a solar farm alongside their farmland in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which was taken without their consent for a fossil fuel pipeline.
This project at this sacred site of resistance would bear witness to clean, sustainable, earth-friendly energy sources.
The Adorers are excited to explore this dream in partnership with Lancaster Against Pipelines, Pennsylvania-based solar energy providers, and a growing network of Lancaster County allies. They will eagerly invite local officials to join them in creatively realizing this forward-looking vision to establish Lancaster County as a leader of clean energy production. The Sisters are committed to charting a brighter future for “our single Earth community.”