“‘Absolute theological bankruptcy’: Union Theological Seminary students confess climate sins to plants”

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LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes and not meant as an endorsement of the source. In relation to this article, you may wish to read Roger Oakland’s article/booklet titled A Christian Perspective on the Environment to gain some important insight.

By Jon Brown
Washington Examiner

September 18th – Students at Union Theological Seminary prayed to a display of plants set up in the chapel of the school, prompting the institution to issue a statement explaining the practice as many on social media mocked them.

“Today in chapel, we confessed to plants,” the nation’s oldest independent seminary declared Tuesday on Twitter. “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?” . . .

Confessing to the plants was “just one expression of worship here at Union,” a spokesperson for the seminary told the Washington Examiner. “Union Theological Seminary is grounded in the Christian tradition, and at the same time deeply committed to inter-religious engagement. Union’s daily chapel is, by design, a place where people from all the wondrous faith traditions at Union can express their beliefs. And, given the incredible diversity of our community, that means worship looks different every day!” Click here to continue reading.


  1. Elizabeth Bennett

    Isn’t this the college that Norman Vincent Peal attended and Fosdick? They were liberal even then. Very sad that they worship creation rather than the Creator.

  2. Heidi Lavoie

    I recently read Carl Teichrib’s “Game of Gods” and he references a forum where youth were confessing their sins to mother earth, weeping bitterly over them, and calling procreation by humans a sin. These are certainly the perilous times of the last days as the epistles warn of.

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