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Californian candidates confirmed ecologically

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23 May 2014

by a staff reporter

ENS

A NEW "eco-confirmation" rite was used among the redwood trees of the Californian hills, when seven people were confirmed in an outdoor service at St Dorothy's Rest, a camp and retreat centre in Camp Meeker.

The confirmations were carried out by the Bishop of California, the Rt Revd Marc Andrus, and the service closely followed the liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer (US).

The service also included, however, a "cosmic walk": each person to be confirmed walked along a spiral of red rope laid out on the ground, while carrying a container of holy water to 12 stations. Each station marked a significant moment in geological and human history.

Those taking part also listened to a short history of the universe. Bishop Andrus then asked each of those being confirmed: "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of the earth and every human being?"

Two people renewed their baptismal vows, and one person was received into the Episcopal Church.

 

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