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