Pop-Up Worship

December 05, 2015

On Friday, I attended a "pop-up worship" service led by Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus of California. He is leading a service each day at noon in the "green zone." The short services include songs, prayers, and a brief meditation. The worship occurs under a large purple umbrella, which helps people find the spot in an open area. As people walk by this public witness, some stop to listen, take photos, or even join.

After the service, I interviewed him for a short video for EthicsDaily.com (and my colleague Cliff Vaughn edited it up nicely). The videos includes some footage from the service.

Bishop Marc Andrus: COP21 in Paris from EthicsDaily on Vimeo.

The idea of a "pop-up worship" service in the middle of COP21 advocacy and politicking fits nicely with the ideas of my newest book, Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action. Worship isn't just something that occurs outside of politics; worship inherently includes politics. Worshipping God in such a political space helps highlight that concept.

You can see other photos from my second day in Paris (Friday), which I mostly spent in the "green zone," here.