Adorers of the Blood of Christ sisters take the next step in their protest of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, after building a chapel in its planned pathway, on the premise of "freedom of religion."
On July 9, the Pennsylvania sisters — along with the community organization Lancaster Against Pipelines — will hold an interfaith service to dedicate an outdoor chapel built in the construction path of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.
For 10 days in the tropical rainforests of Darién and the urban landscape of Panama City, scientists and academics converged with theologians, sisters, writers and spiritual seekers to explore the places where ecology, spirituality and science intersect in the context of the web of life. Now that I'm back home in Mexico, Panama lingers in my memory.
The Sister of Mercy's 39-acre Mercy Farm in Benson recently had a "BioBlitz" — a 24-hour period of intense biological surveying in May to attempt to record all the living species on the farm.
GSR Today - One thing I love about my work at Global Sisters Report is meeting sisters who live and minister on the margins. Their invisibility, vulnerability and marginality struck me forcefully on a recent visit to Fiji to visit friends.
The Panama Canal, the highlight of our last day, was a study in contradictions after the full immersion in the natural world of Darién. In the context of the Web of Life, I think beyond this place and this moment, where 3,000 people will visit with their cameras and iPhones and take selfies in front of the moving machines. I think of the 30,000 people who died in the creation of this canal. I think of the mountains moved, the thousands of acres of forests flooded and wetlands drained, and the millions of gallons of fresh water being flushed into the sea with the movement of every ship.
The day was one of transition. Two earlier presenters, Hermel López, regional environment ministry representative for Darién, and Osvaldo Jordán of the Alianza para el Desarrollo y Conservación shared reflections about the future for Matusagaratí and its meaning as a microcosm of the larger picture. Participants joined in a thought-provoking reflection , then the group immediately jumped into a series of activities until nearly 10 p.m. in Panama City. Today, Friday, is the last day, and we will go to see the Panama Canal and then have an integration ceremony.
Though we started with a somber presentation, as the day progressed, we moved to celebrate a rich abundance of life in many manifestations. And on our last night in Darién, we were caught up in the cosmic dance.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ricardo Moreno is a man in a race against time. The Panamanian biologist's great love is the biggest cat in the Americas, the jaguar, which is being extinguished at a precipitous rate in Panama.
Long before the tropical birds began their sunrise call-and-response from the treetops, a sleepy band of travelers boarded their transport, headed deep into the heart of Panama's largest wetlands system.
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