Tar Sands Action Interfaith Day, Aug. 29, 2011

The UU Ministry for Earth, All Souls Unitarian in Washington, DC and other national and local UU groups are joining with interfaith leaders from Jewish, Catholic, Christian, and Buddhist communities on August 28th and 29th to protest the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline (also known as the Tar Sands).  Click Read more for the details...

The Tar Sands Pipeline will be built across the US from Canada.  First Nations communities in Canada and tribes along the pipeline route in the U.S. have demanded the destruction cease.  Concerns about the Tar Sands Pipeline include the risky extraction methods, the dangers of the pipeline itself, and the long-term climate change consequences.

The Tar Sands Action rolling wave of civil disobedience (or "divine obedience") is shaping up to be the largest civil disobedience on climate change in U.S. history. The Obama Administration has the sole authority in deciding whether or not the pipeline will be built which is why folks across faith communities are participating in a rolling series of demonstrations, including risking arrest, from August 20th – September 3rd.

The primary action for the interfaith rally on August 29th will be a simple, sit-in style action at the White House fences mid-morning. More than a dozen UUs from around the country are coming to DC to participate, including one current and two past UU Ministry for Earth Board members.  See the article on UUWorld.org http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/186523.shtml

We invite you and members of your congregation to participate if you feel called. Details can be found below.

  Join us for the Tar Sands Action Interfaith Day!

Posted in Congregations in Action, Environmental Justice, Ministers on August 18th, 2011

Dear friends,

We want to invite you to join us in an effort tostop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  The UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), All Souls Unitarian in Washington, DC and other national and local UU groups are joining with interfaith leaders from Jewish, Catholic, Christian, and Buddhist communities on August 28th and 29th to protest the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline (the proposed pipeline to transport Tar Sands to the US for refinement).

The Keystone XL Pipeline will be built from the Tar Sands in Canada, across the US, down to Texas refineries.  First Nations communities in Canada and Native American tribes along the pipeline route in the U.S. have demanded the destruction of their sacred lands cease.  People impacted by the construction and the “state of the art technology” predicted to leak every seven years don’t want to see it built.  People of color and the poor are at a significantly greater risk of health impacts from dirty fossil fuels, and are amongst the first to suffer from the impacts of climate change.  Concerns about the Tar Sands Pipeline include the risky extraction methods, the dangers of the pipeline itself, and the long-term climate change consequences.

The Tar Sands Action rolling wave of civil disobedience (or “divine obedience”) is shaping up to be the longest civil disobedience on climate change in U.S. history. The Obama Administration has the sole authority in deciding whether or not the pipeline will be built which is why folks across faith communities are participating in a rolling series of demonstrations, including risking arrest, from August 20th – September 3rd.

More than a dozen UU’s from around the country are coming to DC to participate. We invite you and members of your congregation to participate if you feel called in one or more of the following ways:

  • Join the religious contingent (including UUs) and risk arrest at the rally on Monday, August 29th A required nonviolence civil disobedience trainingand legal briefing for our witness will take place on Sunday, August 28th from 4-9 p.m.

  • Attend the rally at Lafayette Park on Monday, August 29th to show support for those risking arrest.  The legal witness in Lafayette Park will begin mid-morning, probably around 10 a.m. Look for the Green Sanctuary Banner in Lafayette Park to stand in solidarity with other UUs.
  • Sign the Stop the Tar Sands Petition. Those who can’t join the rally can join the movement to stop the Keystone XL pipeline by signing the petition that will be delivered to President Obama during the Tar Sands Action.
  • Join the UUMFE.  Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth is a non-profit organization whose supporters envision a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth is central to the lives of all people. As a 501(c)3 organization, contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
  • Please contact Robin Nelson, Environmental Stewardship Manager for the UUA, if you or people from your congregation will be attending the rally, especially if you are intending to risk arrest (Rnelson at uua dot org, 617.948.4251). Robin will be providing a support role and organizing UUs.  Watch for more timely information on the UUMFE Facebook page.

In faith,

Rev. Craig C. Roshaven, Witness Ministries Director
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Barbara Ford, UUMFE member and past President