Revd Debbie Beer, Associate Vicar at Holy Trinity Hurstpierpoint, has been appointed as the Diocesan Environmental Officer.
The role is to resource and support parishes and senior staff on environmental issues relating to the diocese.
“I’m delighted to have the privilege of serving the diocese as Environment Officer. I’m looking forward to working with churches, communities and organisations across Sussex, and our dedicated Diocesan Environmental Action Group, to support and encourage our growth in joyful appreciation of God’s gifts to us in creation and a deepening practical commitment to ecological responsibility and justice. As the evidence mounts of human destruction of God’s creation and the consequent impacts on lives and health across the world, I believe it is vital for us to reflect, speak and pray together about what this means for our call to love God and neighbour – and then to act. I hope to bring to this work my passion for the church to grow as “a community whose life together seeks to express within creation the care of the creator” (Rowan Williams), as well as my own experience of the challenges of trying to live more sustainably and of campaigning for wider change.”
“I’m very pleased that I will also be continuing to serve at my curacy parish, Holy Trinity Hurstpierpoint, as SSM Associate Vicar”.
Rev Rob Dillingham, Deputy Director for Apostolic Life, said: “We are delighted to welcome Debbie into this role, one which will help us move forward as an Eco-diocese.”
Debbie trained at SEITE (now St Augustine’s College) and was ordained in 2015. She has been involved with the environmental movement as a volunteer since the 1990s and has served on the Diocesan Environmental Action Group since 2013. She took early retirement in 2016 from a career in information management at the Institute of Development Studies.