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‘Pope’ and ‘Martin Luther’ visit Nottinghamshire fracking site

The Pope and Martin Luther were two characters in a play performed by a group of Christians outside a site in Nottinghamshire threatened with fracking last week. Members of Christian Climate Action travelled from across the UK to meet with local people for a prayer vigil at Tinker Lane near Blyth.

Pope and Martin Luther at fracking site

CCA perform Reformation play at fracking site

The vigil included liturgy, prayer, sung worship, and a play entitled ‘A Radical Reformation of the Economy’ in which Pope Frances and Martin Luther are characters calling for a reformation which sees humanity place care for creation above success of the economy. Most of their lines in the play are words the real Pope Francis and Martin Luther wrote.

IGas has planning permission to carry out exploratory drilling for shale gas on the site. This is the first step towards fracking. The vigil offered those who attended a chance to pray for the protection of creation and that fracking will not happen.

Caroline Harmon, a member of Christian Climate Action who attended, said:

‘Local people don’t want fracking in Nottinghamshire; science tells us that the earth cannot sustain life as we know it if we continue to extract fossil fuels; and the bible calls on us to care for the creation God has placed us in.

‘We first visited Tinker Lane in the summer of 2017. It’s fantastic to come back and see lots of local people fighting this at the gates of the site, but also sad to see the progress IGas has made in erecting equipment on the site.

‘We prayed for strength and perseverance for local opposition groups, and for the repentance and conversion of humanity as we seek to learn to live within our means in God’s earth.’

More information and photos are on the CCA website: https://christianclimateaction.wordpress.com.

More about possible fracking at Tinker Lane and those who are fighting it here.

Anti Trident activists arrested on 50th anniversary of assassination of Martin Luther King

Based on report from Bill Ofenloch

‘On the evening April 4, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., seven Catholic peace activists entered Kings Bay naval base for a nuclear disarmament action aimed at the Trident submarines which are based there. Most come from Catholic Worker backgrounds.

They are: Mark Colville, Amistad CW, New Haven, Clare Grady, Peter DeMott House, Ithaca, NY Martha Hennessy, from Vermont and Maryhouse CW, NYCSteve Kelly, S.J. from Oakland CAElizabeth McAllister from Jonah House, Baltimore MDPatrick O’Neill, Fr. Charlie Mullholland CW, Garner NC, Carmen Trotta, St. Joseph House, NYC

The seven entered the base as darkness fell and walked to three different sites, the nuclear weapons storage bunkers, the nuclear weapons administration building and a monument site with replica missiles. They hung banners and poured blood, spray painted, put up crime scene tape and hammered on the missile display.  They managed to send out some photos and videos before being apprehended in the early morning.

The activists were taken to Camden county jail the next day. On Friday morning they were given a bond hearing via video link to the courtroom where there were 6 supporters. They face three state charges, two felonies and one misdemeanor.  They are facing a maximum 11 years in prison.  The magistrate refused to give any bond on the felonies because the defendants posed a risk to the community of repeating their action, she claimed.’

The seven ploughshares activists statement

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