Respect God’s Creation- The Nonviolent Campaign to Stop the Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline

Speaker: Sr. Sara Dwyer
Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010

The U.S. region of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an international order of Catholic sisters, have been part of a nonviolent campaign to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline underneath a strip of land they own in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Despite the Adorers’ refusal to cooperate with this endeavor, the Williams Corporation and Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. (Transco) has gotten approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granting them the right to construct, maintain and operate a pipeline on this land for the Atlantic Sunrise Project.

The Adorers received a request from the grassroots coalition, Lancaster Against Pipelines, to install and use, and to invite other people of faith to use, a portable prayer “chapel” on their land. The purpose of this structure is to draw people to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land.

While the Adorers understand that the federal court order of eminent domain, once it goes into effect, can allow Williams/Transco to call for the removal of the “chapel” from the easement, they believe that having this structure on their land, for however long, gives tangible witness to the sacredness of Earth.

In a legal case that attracted national attention, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals 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, and subsequent court ruling, 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 filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on September 7, 2018.

Sr. Sara Dwyer, a sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, will speak about her order’s commitment to protect and care for God’s creation and share the story of the inspiring faith-based nonviolent witness to stop the pipeline. As October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, she will also speak about the common threads of spirituality and mission of St. Francis, Dorothy Day and Pope Francis and how they invite us to be a Gospel witness today.

For six years, Sr. Sara served on her order’s Leadership Team in the U.S.  She also is the Adorers’ JPIC contact for the U.S. Region. She currently serves as the Director at the Washington Retreat House, in DC.  She has served in adult faith formation for 45 years in parishes, dioceses and retreat ministries as well as in collegiate settings.

For more info about the campaign to stop the pipeline see:

Judge’s Decision. We are disappointed that the federal judge made the decision to condemn the rights of way and grant immediate possession of our (and others’) property in Lancaster County to the Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. for the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline project.

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