catapult magazine

catapult magazine
The Oil in Our Veins

vol. 12, num. 8 :: 2013.04.12 — 2013.04.25

On March 30, 2013, the Hermitage Community, a contemplative retreat center in Three Rivers, Michigan, held a service of confession, lament and hope in preparation for the construction of a new Enbridge crude oil pipeline that will cut through the center on its way from Canada to a refinery in Indiana.  Another service took place the same day on a section of the pipeline in Manitoba.  This issue contains some of the material that was presented at the Hermitage service, as well as reflections inspired by it.



Enough already

A Holy Saturday lament over losses due to a new crude oil pipeline through the Hermitage and environs.


Counterspeaking contradictions

On the paradoxes of lament and hope, destruction and creation, failure and commitment.


Without bounds

A lament from 900 miles up the pipeline.

The earth speaks

The directors of the Hermitage Community give voice to the land in the face of impending upheaval.


In case you missed it the first time

Peak oil "to do" list

Why we should do these things anyway.

The BP oil spill: A Christian call for lament and reconciliation

Resources for individuals and congregations to respond on June 20, 2010, the two-month anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Weaving the web

Crossing the (pipe)line

Will Braun writes on personal encounters with the biggest industry on earth.


Christian pray over Enbridge pipeline

A report and a video from Gretna, Manitoba.


Forced fossil fuel fast

Nancy Myers reflects on her experience after the service of lament.


NY-based InsideClimate News wins Pulitzer

Prize awarded to series about the "biggest oil spill you've never heard of" on an Enbridge line crossing the Kalamazoo River in southwest Michigan.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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