Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Katharine Jefferts Schori Goes Soylent Green


The Episcopal Church's leaderene, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has discovered a new virtue, viriditas, or greenness.

Here's what she had to say to her fellow climate change warriors at the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops meeting in Taiwan:

"Where do you meet viriditas? Where is joy and wonder in the world around you? What creative ferment engages and transforms you? All are signs of expanding possibility, divine creativity, and new green shoots emerging.

Typical Greens, Goofing-Off

Then, after referring to Christ as the "Green Man", Schori went on to state:

"This Episcopal Church is in the throes of creative ferment, yearning to find a new congruence that will discover emerging life in new soil, and refreshed growth in the plantings of former years. Our gathering here will offer opportunities to learn of greenness in different pastures, and God willing, transform us to discover abundance and possibility in more familiar ones. 



"Hildegard’s vision motivates all healers of creation who understand the green web of connection that ties creation together in Wisdom’s body. Creation is sacrament of God – the outward and visible sign of the green and growing, creative expression of God who is the origin of all life and liveliness. Viriditas begins in wonder, and emerges to motivate constructive, healing connection between air and ocean, carbon and crops, hunger and floods, Ebola and economic inequality."



The Presiding Bishop concluded by referring to the viridic power of the Apostle Paul:

"As Colossians puts it, be at peace, let the creative word of God take root within you and bear new branches, discover viriditas and truth, and be not afraid. New life is springing forth – be thankful – and pray for the gift of joy and wonder in God’s good, green, creative possibility."



Resisting the urge to ask how much fossil fuel was used to fly the Episcopal hypocrites Bishops to Taiwan, I'll simply direct attention to the dystopian classic, Soylent Green, in which humanity survives by eating people. 

Call it recycling, if you like.

LSP



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gross.

LSP said...

Nasty, isn't it. And that's just the "Greens".

Brighid said...

Time to send St Auggie's warrior on a mission...

LSP said...

Hah! Saber... horse...

LL said...

They could have sailed to Taiwan instead of traveling first class on a US$18K ticket, but that wouldn't have set the stage properly. There is a majesty to first class travel on a carbon cooking airplane. Next time, please encourage her to take a Malaysian Airlines aircraft.

Bishop Jefferts Schori wouldn't know Christ if he cast her out of the temple with a scourge. Which explains a great deal.

LSP said...

It sure does.

Talking about "viriditas" when 100s of thousands of Christians are being savagely persecuted betrays a special kind of blind wickedness.

Good point.

The Egyptian said...

to find a new congruence that will discover emerging life in new soil, and refreshed growth in the PLANTINGS of former years
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for the love of all that is holy, someone PLEASE plant her, DEEP, then see what grows I'll wager weeds


LSP said...

Or maybe nothing very much at all...

jenny said...

Especially agree with this: "Talking about "viriditas" when 100s of thousands of Christians are being savagely persecuted betrays a special kind of blind wickedness."

The Taiwan part is ridiculously hypocritical.

I'm all for creative expression, and sure, recycling is super. (the non-cannibalistic kind)
But this seems like a bunch of smoke and mirrors-- more like running away from real problems in hopes of finding some pleasant greener pasture elsewhere. Surely the gathering had more important things to discuss, or did they all just really badly need a "you are creative and special" pep talk? Tell me they also discussed REAL solutions for hunger and the Ebola epidemic?