Diocese of ChichesterDiocese of Chichester

Prominent environmentalist to speak at Sussex church.

Prominent environmentalist to speak at Sussex church.

Dr. Ruth Valerio, one of the giants in the environmental movement in this country, will share her wisdom at Petworth Area Churches Together (PACT) at a Spring public Meeting at St. Mary's Church in Petworth.

Her talk, Hope In A Changing will cover climate change, fracking, conservation and the natural world.

She is an environmentalist and theologian, social activist and author. She was a Director of Eco Church, an award scheme for churches who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God's earth. She now holds a senior Directorship with TearFund.

Launched at St. Paul's Cathedral in 2016, Eco Church is supported by denominations and organisations across the church in England & Wales including Christian Aid, Church of England, Methodist Church, Baptists Together and Tearfund. Since its launch, over 350 congregations have registered with Eco Church. Eco Church is a great way to develop what our Churches do to care for the world and provides an online tool with suggestions and easy monitoring. http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

PACT believes this Talk will challenge and equip us to care for God's world in all areas of our life together.

Then talk takes place on Friday 12th May 2017 at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church, Petworth.

Further details from Geraldgreshamcooke@gmail.com or 01798 342151.

BACKGROUND ON RUTH

Ruth lives in Chichester with her husband, fairtrade jeweler Greg Valerio MBE.

Ruth's Christian faith and spirituality are central to her life, and from this bedrock comes a deep desire to work for social justice, equality and ecological flourishing. They live on a social housing estate and a lot of Ruth's adult life has been spent investing into that community, chairing the Community Association and being part of a group of residents who together have transformed the area into a lovely place to live. Ruth's Christian faith and spirituality are central to her life, and from this bedrock comes a deep desire to work for social justice, equality and ecological flourishing. Ruth is the Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, a Christian charity that works for the protection and restoration of the natural world. Her goal is to see the culture of the UK Church change so that caring for God’s earth becomes an integrated part of church life, rather than an optional extra. To that end, she has spearheaded Eco Church, which helps churches do just that. Academically, Ruth has a theology degree from Cambridge and an MA from the London School of Theology. Her doctoral studies were undertaken at Kings College London, giving her the opportunity to look at simplicity and consumerism and particularly at the relationship between Thomas Aquinas’ virtues of temperance and justice. She has written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, as well as writing Bible study guides for Scripture Union and Crusade for World Revival (CWR).

Ruth practices what she preaches, and over the years she has had a lot of fun with her family experimenting with ways of living as lightly as possible: producing their own meat through a pig cooperative; growing their own veg and supporting a local organic veg grower; installing solar panels; thinking through how they holiday, and reducing car usage, to name just some of the things they've done.