Join us on the roof today for our Earth Day Chapel! We will celebrate, sing, and bless the seedlings for the spring garden beds!
12:30PM, the McGiffert Roof


Join us on the roof today for our Earth Day Chapel!
We will celebrate, sing, and bless the seedlings for the spring garden beds!

12:30PM, the McGiffert Roof

Climate Change and Economic Justice: Essential Connections and Questions.

Climate Change and Economic Justice: Essential Connections and Questions.

Sunday, April 27th, Riverside Church, Room 9T, 1pm

Beloved Earth, The Edible Churchyard at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) and WEACT invite you to what promises to be a stimulating panel discussion with Dr. Jan Rehmann, visiting professor of Critical theory and social analysis, and Dr. Therese DeLisio, theologian and educator with an eco-feminist perspective;  from WEACT, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director/Director of Political Initiatives; and from Riverside Church, Dr. Paul Sherry, former President of the National United Church of Christ and currently Transitional Operations Minister, TRC. 

Do not miss this exploration of the intersection of two crucial issues of our day.

Contact Chris Fici of the Edible Churchyard at clf2138@utsnyc.edu with any questions



Followed by talk/lunch with Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith’s Divest and Reinvest Now campaign!

Tuesday, April 22nd, McGiffert Roof, Chapel at 12:30, talk/lunch catered by Ayurveda Cafe from 1-2pm

Join us for our annual tradition of honoring the sacred spaces of the Earth, including our awesome McGiffert rooftop garden. The Edible Churchyard presents an edifying, interactive service featuring song, seeds, and scripture calling us to remember our deep connection to Mother Earth.

For our Adopt-A-Plant participants, please bring your seedlings, which will be transplanted into our rooftop garden at the closing of our service.

And please stay afterwards for a dialogue with Rev. Fletcher Harper, the executive director of GreenFaith and Union alum. Rev. Harper will talk with us about GreenFaith’s Divest and Reinvest Now campaign and our own Union campaign to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in clean energy.

Join us for a delicious lunch catered by the Ayurveda Cafe and a chance to hear about the cutting-edge ecological activism GreenFaith and Union are working together on.

Any questions? Contact ediblechurchyard@gmail.com

Adopt-a-Plant this Thursday!

Friends and future gardeners,

It is time again, as Spring (yes Spring!) slowly makes itself felt and known and realized, for The Edible Churchyard to present to you our annual tradition, Adopt-A-Plant!

We want you to help us grow and have a personal stake in our McGiffert rooftop garden.

Each year, we offer all Union folks (students, faculty, and staff) a chance to get their hands dirty and participate in growing seedlings for the McGiffert roof to make that space beautiful and delicious. It’s really, really fun.

We’ll give you everything you need to start a seedling and to help it grow for the next few weeks. All we ask is that you bring it to our Edible Churchyard Earth Day chapel on the McGiffert roof on Tuesday, April 22, where we’ll do a community blessing and plant your baby seedlings together in the soil.

We will have pots and soil and seeds and instructions and supportive words and anything else you might need this Thursday! We’ll find a spot in the Pit during Community Lunch and we plan to stick around for a few extra hours:


Thursday, April 3rd
The Pit
12:30 - 3:30 pm.

Please come by and discover the joys of sacred gardening and Earth-honoring faith!

Your friends at The Edible Churchyard

"Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People Every Year, World Health Organization Report Finds"

"We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid," said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental research group at King’s College London, who was not part of the WHO report.

One of the main risks of pollution is that tiny particles can get deep into the lungs, causing irritation. Scientists also suspect air pollution may be to blame for inflammation in the heart, leading to chronic problems or a heart attack.

WHO estimated that there were about 4.3 million deaths in 2012 caused by indoor air pollution, mostly people cooking inside using wood and coal stoves in Asia. WHO said there were about 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012, of which nearly 90 percent were in developing countries.”
Read More at Huffington Post

"A Slow Genocide of the People": Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on Indigenous Lands

A compelling juxtaposition of the impact of environmental racism and the sacred power and significance of the land.

Amy Goodman interviews Klee Benally, a Diné (Navajo) activist and former lead singer of the punk band Blackfire. Benally is also founder of Outta Your Backpack Media collective, which teaches filmmaking to indigenous youth; and a volunteer with Clean Up the Mines!, a nationwide effort to clean up abandoned uranium mines. Alongside Benally, Goodman interviews Taylor McKinnon, energy director of the Grand Canyon Trust.