Obviously, the Churches like
everybody else aren't undisturbed by the fiasco of the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Especially, because they consider "saving creation" their special mission. On
the other hand, they face the difficult decision in how far they have to change themselves
in the first place. For haven't they contributed to the destruction of nature for 2000
Hence, simple "environmental
action" doesn't suffice. First the self should transform itself thoroughly, in order
to subsequently being able to be fruitful in the world.
A short time ago in your church so-called Green Men* have been
(re)discovered. They originate from pre-Christian times and have been placed in many
churches of Western Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. They had a double
function: the Church meant them as a warning (to not fall back into old patterns e.g.
paganism) while the people embraced them as symbols of inextinguishable vitality.
* And/or "Wise Women", respectively
The underlying conflict has never been resolved. This is the reason
why up to today the existence of Green Men is still being denied by the Church. Some
churches dont even know they possess such sculptures. In todays' global crisis this
situation has become unsustainable, though. Bear the psychological axiom in mind:
"what is denied becomes an obsession".
Increasingly, more people ask existential questions and are
looking for answers. They go to the roots since something seems to have gone wrong early
on. The churches would like to help but discover that they are victims as well, i.e. of
their own artificial e.g. dogmatic limitation of life. So what should be done? The legend
of Parsifal states: "If everything has been tried, liberation can only come from the
These outsiders have been existing for many centuries within your
own Church, with the permission of the bishop back then! So it is important to acknowledge
existing facts and assuming the responsibility for one's own church history. It will soon
be obvious then, that a treasure is hidden below the initial reservation or fear. This is
shown by an increasing number of churches in Europe which talk openly about their Green
LINK: How (foreign) Churches deal with their Green Men
After 2000! years of the Church demonising nature
the time has come to rehabilitate the victims. The Green Man is the archetype of the
Divine immanent in nature (the world), he represents plants, animals and human beings,
which were being oppressed. A huge opportunity for the Church, since the Green Man is
materially visible and tangible in many places, which makes the process easier, by in turn
showing him the respect he deserves.
By restoring the symbols of immanent archaic
connectedness with nature in your church, you contribute decisively to eco-spiritual e.g.
religious commitment with regard to the climate crisis....
So we would like to congratulate you for the
terrific treasure you have in your church. As you know, on the basis of these discoveries
we founded the "European Sacred Heritage", together with the "European
Green Man and Wise Woman Pilgrim Network". Their aim is to foster the Green Man and
the Wise Woman in Europe. In this, we have overlapping interests, since many Green Men are
located in or on churches. Thats why wed like to offer a fruitful cooperation.
What we would or could do for you is the
1. Mention your church on our website with more than
300 different European churches from nine different countries, all of which have Green Men
in their church.
2. Contribute to your church with its many-sided
history e.g. its actuality for the current times, becoming the centre of attention (again)
by means of exhibitions, lectures and seminars.
3. We are doing promotion for you for free on three
continents - Europe, Australia/New Zealand, the USA and Canada - in order to bring more
visitors to your church
4. The possibility to take part in our teachings and
retreats. In them, people can continue their quest i.e. their search about the ultimate
questions in an open, informal and interreligious surrounding.
5. We would inform local and regional
authorities/entities such as municipality, tourist offices, media, cultural associations,
educational institutions, environmental organisations and so on on the extraordinary
discoveries in your church.
6. (Financial) support in restoring sculptures of
your Green Men and Wise Women.
Please take a look at my website. You will be
impressed. So many churches......and they make up not even a quarter of all Churches of
Green Men existing in Europe .
Cordially, and who knows? see you!
Han Marie Stiekema
New Teacher and "Green Man"