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Talking Justice: ‘Altared’ behaviour

Tim Harberd challenges us to wake up and smell the flowers - as he looks at the ethics behind our floral displays

Talking Justice: ‘Altared’ behaviour

Tim Harberd challenges us to wake up and smell the flowers - as he looks at the ethics behind our floral displays

 

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE FLOWERS we place on God's table?

However well-intentioned they are and however beautiful they look, are they sourced responsibly and sustainably?

At one time they would have come almost exclusively from the gardens of worshippers. Perhaps, given its size, often as not the vicarage garden! As such, the floral tribute mirrored Old Testament ideas about giving from the bounty God has given us and a portion of the harvest. The offering represented both the effort of the giver and the abundance of God. A century ago, most flowers displayed in church would have been 'seasonal, local and organic' - words that have recently appeared in the menus of trendy restaurants as a mark of wholesomeness!

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