I’m all for environmental stewardship, and there’s something to be said for a biblically-based ecology. But I find it beyond ironic that a staunchly liberal seminary which supports a woman’s “right” to abortion held a special chapel service to make confession to plants. So, it’s fine to take the lives of unborn babies in the womb, but we must confess our sins to the plants. May God help us.
On September 17, Union Theological Seminary tweeted, “Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we 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.
“What do you confess to the plants in your life?”
What, exactly, did these confessions sound like?
One seminarian tweeted, “Here was my confession. ‘I confess that even as I’ve waxed poetic and theological about how indispensable you are, I’ve privileged my own comfort and convenience over your wellbeing.’”
So, it’s not just a matter of white privilege. It’s now a matter of human privilege. How unkind we have been to the plants!
In sarcastic response to the chapel service, singer and songwriter Bob Bennett penned a penitent hymn, beginning with,
I confess my unbelief
To my leafy brethren
I’ve given you such grief
While you give me oxygen
Like a prodigal come home
An errant journey I was on
Now no more to roam
I’ll no longer mow my lawn.
But the seminary was taking this quite seriously, releasing a series of 10 tweets defending their plant confessional.
The first tweet stated, “We’ve had many questions about yesterday’s chapel, conducted as part of @ccarvalhaes’ class, ‘Extractivism: A Ritual/Liturgical Response.’ In worship, our community confessed the harm we’ve done to plants, speaking directly in repentance.
“This is a beautiful ritual.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown