In case you haven’t seen the latest gems from the Church of Gaia, don’t miss:

  • Anglican Samizdat: The Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) finds a new mission in the unlikeliest of places — ecological accountability through managing waste.  The Third World Forum on Theology and Liberation featured a talk on the topic, which impressed two ACoC attendees.  As Anglican Samizdat puts it: ‘Every organisation eventually finds its niche in life; it’s taken the ACoC almost 500 years, but it has finally discovered its calling: sewage.’
  • What Do You Believe?: Skim two-thirds down the page to see a great expose of what actually happens at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York during their Winter Solstice and Blessing of the Animals rituals.  We’re not talking dogs and cats, either. Weird!  Photos and videos posted throughout. 

Every September, at “The Blessing of the Animals” takes place, beasts are worshipped in the Sanctuary of the Temple-Cathedral, in a ceremony the high priests describe as “Worshipping God”. Goats, horses and other animals are led to the altar to receive blessings. Camels and elephants walk the aisles as worshippers march to the altar with bowls of compost and worms.

This almost makes a Bible-thumping sermon sound appealing.  When will it all end?