Faith Communities to Call on Gov. Walz to Stop Line 3 at Feb. 8 Action

Faith leaders and community members from all religious traditions are invited to join a spiritually grounded action against the Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota on Friday, Feb. 8. The action will be held in solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors. This is a moral action on the pressing issues of climate change and racial justice. Here are the details:

Date: Friday, Feb. 8
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Governor Walz’s Office, State Capitol, St. Paul. (Gather in the Rotunda at 11:15 a.m.)

File: Religious leaders gathered near the Capitol last year before delivering a letter opposing Line 3 to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is sponsoring the action. If you are interested in co-sponsoring, collaborating in the planning process, and/or providing any feedback of your own, please email: alina@mnipl.org

You can learn more about the event and sign up to attend on the Facebook Event Page. It says:

We as people of faith are being called to take a stand against Line 3. We are being called to defend the sacredness of the water, land, and wild rice lakes that the proposed tar sands pipeline would cut through. Governor Walz has the power to protect our sacred water and stop Line 3. Since taking office, Walz’s position on the pipeline has wavered, and he needs to hear from us now.

Last year, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light organized a faith leader sign-on letter opposing Line 3 and delivered it to then-Gov,. Mark Dayton. The letter has more than 560 signatures, and reads in part:

The proposed Line 3 pipeline would carry toxic heavy crude oil 337 miles through northern Minnesota, threatening our state’s clean lakes and rivers. In so doing, it threatens Native treaty rights and lifeways. Line 3 would run through the Mississippi headwaters and through many waters that grow wild rice. This is a sacred food to the Anishinaabe. …

At its core, this is a moral issue. Many of us signing this letter come from Christian and other traditions that in recent years have taken formal positions acknowledging the role of our faith institutions in the mistreatment and deep trauma done to Indigenous peoples. (These include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Community of Christ, the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.) We have committed ourselves to seeking ways forward for healing and repair. Our signatures here represent an effort to live out that commitment.

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