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Reverend Leah Schade to Speak Sunday at “Water is Life” Photo Exhibit Opening

March 5, 2013
Reverend Leah Schade speaks by the banks of the Susquehanna River. From "Pastor Challenges Lawmakers to Debate," Standard-Journal, February18th 2012.

Reverend Leah Schade speaks by the banks of the Susquehanna River. From “Pastor Challenges Lawmakers to Debate,” Standard-Journal, February18th 2012.

On Sunday, March 10th, at an opening reception for the new “Water is Life” photo exhibit in Philadelphia, Reverend Leah Schade will speak. The event, at 2111 Sansom Street in Philadelphia, is hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion and Protecting Our Waters from 12:30 – 3 pm, with refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

Reverend Leah Schade, who lives in heavily drilled north central Pennsylvania, is the dynamo behind the 10-county Upper Susquehanna Synod calling for a statewide moratorium on fracking in 2012. She supported the Riverdale community, which was aggressively displaced by a fracking water withdrawal facility last year. She first spoke out about shale gas drilling in public from the stage of Shale Gas Outrage in Philadelphia in 2011.

What: Photo exhibit opening in two parts: “Water is Life: Faces of the Betrayed” highlights the human cost of mountaintop removal and shale gas drilling, with photos by award-winning photographer Mark Schmerling.

“Water is Life: Faces of the Engaged,” with photos by JJ Tiziou and Rev. Jesse Brown, highlights images of people working for clean air, clean water, and healthy communities, including people directly impacted by fracking in Pennsylvania.

When: Opening Reception: Sunday March 10th, 12:30 – 3 pm:                                                 Rev. Schade speaks at 1:15 pm.

Where: 2111 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA at the Stevens Center Gallery, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion

Who: Reverend Leah Schade is the co-founder of the Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition. Her talk, “Shale Justice and Sacred Waters,” addresses the impacts of fracking in north-central Pennsylvania, where she lives and preaches. Reverend Leah will describe the life-cycle impacts of fracking, address the justice issues raised within a theological framework, and ask, “Where would Jesus frack?”

Reverend Schade is pastor of the United in Christ Lutheran Church in West Milton, Pennsylvania, and a PhD candidate at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Reverend Leah Schade

Co-sponsors: The photo exhibit and the March 10th Opening, as well as a closing panel and celebration on Thursday April 4th from 6 – 8 pm, are hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion and co-sponsored by Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit advocacy group.

The closing event, “Fracking, Extreme Energy Extraction, and the Struggle for our Future,” on Thursday April 4th from 6 – 8 pm, features a panel including Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Dr. Poune Saberi, and impacted residents.

The “Water is Life” exhibit closes on April 6th, 2013.

Limited viewing hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM – 3 PM; Sundays 11 AM – 1 PM, except March 29th.

Reverend Leah Schade is available for in-person press interviews in the Philadelphia area until 3 pm on Monday, March 11th, 2013. For more information, contact Iris Marie Bloom at (215) 840-6489.

Reverend Leah Schade speaks about protecting the earth and protecting human communities from life-cycle shale gas drilling impacts at Shale Gas Outrage in Philadelphia on September 7th, 2011. Photo: JJ Tiziou.

Reverend Leah Schade (back to camera) with Riverdale residents whose community was destroyed to make way for a for-profit Aqua America water pipeline. The water pipeline removes Susquehanna River water permanently from the river, conveying it to sites where it is mixed with toxic chemicals and injected underground into shale rock in order to release methane (“natural gas”), a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists now say the data shows that fracked gas escalates climate change even more than coal, when cradle to grave impacts are measured. Photo: Post-Gazette, “Central Pennsylvania residents forced to move…”

  1. carol Steinbrecher permalink
    March 5, 2013 3:57 pm

    there is no re-wind button in life. our actions all have consequences!

  2. Eric Peters permalink
    March 8, 2013 12:24 am

    Please LIKE and SHARE the event announcement (meme) on Facebook to help us spread the word!!/photo.php?fbid=425086780902469&set=a.420427248035089.93095.150660375011779&type=1&theater

  3. March 30, 2013 3:18 pm

    Is Easter Sunday the last weekend to browse the fracking exhibit or is it too late? A renewal o the earth exhibit was ironically closed Good Friday despite the Monday to Friday posting.

    Do you have more info on the April 22 Norrestown action, the Green Party left the year off its bleb that is only on a much larger page and google leads to other years and an Earth-Day a day or two later. and a time an hour difference.

    For a while when people goggled a Bush protest Google was locked in a bad habit of sending them to the Bush campaign page, The lack of a clear leak is leading google to have bad habits that as time goes on will be more and more hard to get Google to break. The church announcement of the event isn’t linkable.

    • Iris Marie Bloom permalink
      April 2, 2013 12:26 pm

      Hi Richard! Hopefully you can come this Thursday evening to view all the photos, listen to the panel, and bring your friends. Come at 6 pm to 2111 Sansom Street Philadelphia. We will post the information about the April 22nd actions separately. You can link to our announcement of the April 4th event using this blog. Thanks, Richard.

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