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What is Eco-Chaplaincy?
Letters by Sarah Vekasi
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First and foremost, chaplains have the responsibility of witnessing their own tradition through direct experience. In this case, besides participating in their chosen faith or practice, an eco-chaplain would be aware of ecological interdependence, understood here to include the social, political, and biological factors of inter-relatedness. Stemming from this, ‘theological’ duties could include any number of things such as:

  • Conducting funerals and ceremonies honoring those and that who have passed/are passing (like ice caps, polar bears,mountain tops…).
  • Initiating and leading rites of passage ceremonies – e.g. for people coming of age in the ecological era.
  • Conferring marriage ceremonies between body and mind, person and Earth…etc.