The Climate Ribbon
Join us for this ritual on Sunday Service on April 14, 2019 (an intergenerational service).
The Green Team and Worship Committee are pleased to bring the climate ribbon art ritual to SFUU this spring. This intergenerational ritual allows all who participate to reflect on what they love and hope to never lose due to climate change. Participants will write this on a ribbon and then suspend it from a ‘tree’. The ritual continues through sharing, and then witnessing, the written thoughts and feelings on the ribbons. In this part of the ritual, each person will choose a ribbon from the tree that speaks to them and read it out loud. The ribbon is then tied to their wrist symbolizing a willingness to protect what others hold dear on Earth. The final step of the ritual is a group affirmation that recognizes our unity in caring for the Earth and combating climate change. We will produce the ritual in three parts:
Build the tree. We visualize this ‘tree’ as an art installation built to display the ribbons in our sanctuary.
Gather the ribbons. The reflection and ribbon-writing portion of the ritual would be started during the worship service on March 31 as part of the Story for All Ages. If you cannot make that service, ribbons can be added to the tree in the weeks following so that all who want to participate can do so.
Complete the ritual. Once the ‘tree’ and its ribbons have been displayed for several weeks, then the ritual will culminate in the ribbon witnessing and affirmation portion of the ceremony on April 14, 2019 during Sunday Services.
Green Team leader for this project: Barb Munn
Click here for more information about the Climate Ribbon (including a short video). This was originally a massive public arts installation and ritual created for the September 21st, 2014 People’s Climate March.