Photos from the Sept 21, 2014 Peoples Climate March, primarily Unitarian Universalist and larger faith contingent; photo credit: © Peter Bowden.

Photos from the Sept 21, 2014 Peoples Climate March, primarily Unitarian Universalist and larger faith contingent; photo credit: © Peter Bowden.

The Climate Ribbon

We hope to bring this arts ritual to SFUU in the Spring 2019

The Green Team is currently in a conversation with the SFUU worship committee about bringing the climate ribbon art ritual to SFUU. This intergenerational ritual allows all who participate to reflect on what they stand to lose due to climate change. Participants will write their concern on a ribbon and then suspend it from a ‘tree’. The ritual continues through sharing, and then witnessing, the concerns written on the ribbons. In this part of the ritual, participants will choose a ribbon from the tree that speaks to them, read the climate concern out loud, and then have the ribbon tied to their wrist. The final step of the ritual is a group affirmation that recognizes our unity in caring for the Earth and combating climate change. We hope to produce the ritual in three parts:

  1. Build the tree. We visualize this tree as an art installation built using branch-like contributions from our members. The tree could then easily be repurposed for other uses after the climate ritual is completed.

  2. Gather the ribbons. The reflection and ribbon-writing portion of the ritual would be started during an early worship service, perhaps during the Green Team’s worship service about Voluntary Simplicity in March. More ribbons could be added to the tree in the weeks following this worship service so that all who want to participate can do so. Information about the climate ritual could be distributed from the Social Justice table during subsequent services.

  3. Complete the ritual. Once the tree and its ribbons have been displayed over the course of about a month, then the ritual would culminate in the ribbon witnessing and affirmation portion of the ceremony possibly during the Earth Day Service.

The timing of this ritual is still under discussion, however it is the hope of the Green Team that it will happen concurrently with the forums and worship service with which we plan to punctuate the Spring season (starting in January with the Climate Footprint forum).

Green Team leader for this project: Barb Munn

Click here for more information about the Climate Ribbon, a massive public arts installation and ritual created for the September 21st, 2014 People’s Climate March.