Sustainable church, sustainable planet

Sustainable church, sustainable planet , Friday 26 June, 4.30 pm, zoom meeting. Register for a zoom invite at

A workshop with Ruth Valerio, Deborah Colvin and Stephen Norrish exploring local church responses to the climate emergency by reducing carbon footprints, setting up environmental initiatives, becoming an Eco-church and contributing to global campaigns.

Ruth Valerio is a Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist, Ruth holds a doctorate from Kings College London, and honorary doctorates from the University of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the south of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism.

Stephen is a Sector Minister working in Milton Keynes and Director of MK Christian Foundation. This local charity is growing a number of social enterprises that have the dual purpose of: doing business in ways that explore solutions to locally identified environmental, health and social issues; and offering work experience and training for young people struggling with education and employment.

Deborah is an educator, community engagement practitioner and former research scientist. She is currently Churchwarden and Sustainability Champion at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

The event will be facilitated by Simon Thomas who is director and founder of the City to City Network ( which is a catalyst for conversation, innovation and transformation to inspire individuals and organisations to help re-shape cities. Simon is a Co- Founder of Habitat for Humanity Homes UK, a housing charity that works with individual and corporate volunteers, to build and renovate homes, nationally and internationally. He runs a low cost eco. housing company with two partners to provide housing solutions for those on low income 18-35 and has recently helped start a retreat farm with an organic ecological emphasis to help re- think elements of small scale farming. He lives in inner city Peckham and lives in a self-build house which is part community with his wife Paula.