(Washington, D.C.) On Monday, August 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), All Souls Unitarian in Washington, D.C., and other Unitarian Universalist groups will be among more than 50 prominent religious leaders from Jewish, Catholic, Christian, and Buddhist communities joining together for the Tar Sands Action Interfaith Day at the White House in Washington, D.C.
This alliance of interfaith clergy will be joined by prominent NASA climatologist James Hansen, and will begin the day at 9 a.m. with a Jewish prayer service in Washington's Lafayette Park. At 11 a.m. these religious leaders will move from the park to the White House, lifting up voices of faith as part of the ongoing Tar Sands Action.
More than 2,000 people are taking part in daily demonstrations at the White House through September 3, asking that President Obama deny a permit for the Keystone XL, a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline. If built, this controversial pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas. Concerns about the Keystone XL project include risky extraction methods, the dangers of the pipeline itself, and long-term climate change consequences.
"As Unitarian Universalists, we cherish our role within the interdependent web of all existence," says Rev. Craig Roshaven, Director of Witness Ministries for the UUA. "The production of oil from Canada's tar sands is by far the dirtiest and most environmentally destructive form of oil production. We are called to speak out against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the accompanying increase in the production of tar sands oil as it threatens to irrevocably damage the web of life. It is a matter of faith, of moral imperative, and of sound environmental stewardship, and we will be heard."
In addition to the Unitarian Universalist Association, other faith-based groups taking part in the August 29 Day of Interfaith Action include Interfaith Religious Witness for the Earth, Jewish Am Kolel, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Shalom Center, TikkunLeil Shabbat, Roman Catholic Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Pax Christi USA, Franciscan Action Network, the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Names Province, the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Camillus Catholic Church, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Protestant St. Mark's Episcopal Church (DC), Community of St. Martin, Eighth Day Faith Community, Sojourners, United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministry, Pendle Hill Retreat Center, First Baptist Church of West Hartford (CT), and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
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Robin Nelson, UUA Environmental Stewardship Manager
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