Today’s award goes to the faculty and students who took part in this nonsense. Speaking as a Christian pastor, it’s enough to make me cross (you should pardon the expression).
Students at Union Theological Seminary in New York City were instructed to confess to potted plants as an “expression of worship” and as a “liturgical response to our climate crisis.”
Many online mocked a tweet from the seminary affiliated with Columbia University for celebrating the unusual chapel service where students of the cloth “held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor,” asking: “What do you confess to the plants in your life?”
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Cláudio Carvalhaes, Union Theological associate professor of worship who encouraged students to skip classes Friday for the global climate strike, put on the chapel for his “Extractivism: A Ritual/Liturgical Response” class, just one way he says he has helped “create rituals to mourn the earth.”
There’s more at the link.
Y’know, I could understand this in a non-denominational, non-Christian setting, where anything goes. However, as far as I know, Union is a college teaching Christian theology, albeit of the liberal variety. Wikipedia notes:
In the 20th century, Union became a center of liberal Christianity. It served as the birthplace of the Black theology, womanist theology, and other theological movements.
Is the list now to include horticultural hermeneutics? I suppose it could, if the faculty are up to fertilizer . . .