Students at a Theological Seminary in the US have confessed their environmental based sins to a display of plants set up in the seminary’s chapel. The ceremony has prompted criticism and mocking on social media, with some calling it nonsense. Defending itself the New York school said it was a “beautiful ritual” for students to confess the harm we’ve done to plants. It added that the world is in a climate emergency caused by our disregard for creation and part of addressing the issue should be building new spiritual bridges to the natural world. “We often see the natural world only as resources to be extracted for our use, not divinely created in their own right worthy of honour, thanks and care,” the statement read.
The statement went on “We need to unlearn habits of sin and death part of which must be building new bridges to the natural world.” Ruth Jarman from the environmental group Green Christian said although she’s never done it before she can understand the thought behind it. She said it’s important to acknowledge our reliance on plants to live and we have a duty to take care of what sustains us. “It makes you think, if you tread on someone’s toe you don’t just say sorry to God, you say it to that person whose toe you trod on. “So maybe there is something to be gained to say sorry to the species that we’re destroying.”
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