March 20, 2013


Stephan Warner, member of Joy Mennonite Church and youth pastor at Church of the Open Arms, Oklahoma City, recently protested the construction of Keystone XL pipeline through Oklahoma by locking himself to pipe-laying machinery. The banner lofted above said, “Woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort” – Jesus.

Warner took the action to protect the North Canadian River and the health of the towns and land it runs through from being irreversibly damaged by diluted bitumen (tar sands) leaks and spills. He is also concerned about the health and sovereignty of indigenous peoples in Alberta and along the pipeline. Warner was arrested by authorities and later released. He will be represented by James Branum, an attorney and minister in Joy Mennonite Church. For more see:



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