In the Gospels, we hear the story of a lawyer who asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” The lawyer responded, “ You shall love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and all your mind. The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus then said,
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ prayerfully and intentionally placed this cross and labyrinth in the path of a high-powered fossil fuel pipeline installed by Transco/Williams on our land in Lancaster County, PA. These symbols serve as tangible witness to our deeply held religious beliefs that “reverence the Earth as a sanctuary where all life is protected.” Today, knowing of our religious beliefs, and knowing that we are filing an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, Transco/Williams ordered their workers to remove these sacred symbols against our will and without our permission. We call on all people of faith to join us as we continue to boldly stand in resistance against the exploitation of our land for the monetary gain of Transco/Williams.
By Sister Sara Dwyer, ASC
For the second year in a row, Christians around the world are praying and acting on behalf of the planet to mark the Season of Creation, Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. The bookend days are the Day of Prayer for Creation and the feast of St. Francis. This year’s theme is “walking together.”
My community of Sisters, the U.S. Adorers, have been “walking together” in resistance and celebration for years, especially since the publication of our Land Ethic in 2005.
For several years now, we have been resisting the Atlantic Sunrise fracked gas pipeline being laid underneath our own farm property in Lancaster County,
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,
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.
Today, a panel of the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals decided to side with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the fossil fuel industry over the religious freedoms of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.
The Adorers are a religious order of Roman Catholic Sisters who seek to exercise their religion faithfully and consistent with their deeply held religious beliefs.
In 2005, the Adorers adopted a Land Use Ethic recognizing the earth as sacred. They are committed as part of their religious belief and practice to use the land they own in a manner that does not harm the earth and recognizes the sanctify of life in the earth’s current and future inhabitants.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, an order of Catholic sisters with regional offices in St. Louis, will mark the one-year anniversary of the dedication of a cornfield chapel that symbolizes their opposition to construction of a natural gas pipeline on their property in Pennsylvania.
Last year, the Adorers agreed to a request from the grassroots coalition, Lancaster Against Pipelines, to install and use the handcrafted, portable prayer chapel on their land, in hopes of drawing people of all faiths to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, who are embroiled in a federal lawsuit over the exercise of their right to religious freedom, will hold a Palm Sunday prayer service at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at their cornfield chapel in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
The Adorers, who live by a multi-principled Land Ethic, which they adopted in 2005, invite others to join them as they publicly witness to the sacredness of the land.
The Palm Sunday commemoration will be held at the cornfield chapel that was erected last summer and represents a symbolic and sacred space in the Adorers’ struggle to protect their religious freedoms.
(On Jan. 19, 2018, our attorney, Dwight Yoder, argued before a three-judge panel in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in our religious freedom lawsuit against Williams/Transco Pipeline and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is a David versus Goliath moment, for sure, but we trust the court will take a good look at our case and see that our slingshot, the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, prohibits government intrusion into our free exercise of religion.)
PHILADELPHIA _ If anyone thinks sisters live quiet, uneventful lives, they have not met the Adorers of the Blood of Christ or heard about our resistance to the forced placement of a 42-inch high-pressure fracked gas pipeline on our farmland in Lancaster County,
Lawyers for the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region, a congregation of Catholic Sisters, will argue their case at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, before a three-judge panel in the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, in a religious freedom lawsuit they have filed against Williams/Transco Pipeline and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The pipeline company is using eminent domain to force a fossil fuel pipeline through farmland the Sisters own in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Adorers have a deep and longstanding commitment to safeguard the sanctity of the Earth. They actively seek to reduce reliance on climate-destroying fossil fuels,