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About Earth Justice

We do this through learning, liturgy & action

We understand Earth Justice at St James’s as rooted in loving and understanding the whole world and all its inhabitants (human and other-than-human) so that we act from a place of belonging.

We aim to continually discern what we as a community can uniquely offer in this time of crisis. We do this through learning, liturgy and action.

St James’s achieved Gold Eco Church status in 2018 for our work across the five Eco Church categories of Worship and Teaching; Buildings; Land; Community and Global action; Lifestyle.

We hope our work will encourage other urban churches to get involved with Eco Church.

Earth Justice @SJP

Watch an introduction to Earth Justice at St James’s from our churchwarden Deborah and other images and video of some of our recent projects including Daily Bread, Aftermath, A Triumph of Delights and our monthly Eco-Contemplative Liturgy.

Eco-contemplative Liturgy

Daily Bread

Aftermath ‘Bomb Box’

A Triumph of Delights

Gold Eco Church Award

More about Earth Justice

Thought for the Week – Revolution Part 2 – A Just Economy fit for the Ecozoic?

Penelope Turton asks what Christians in rich countries should be doing about the climate crisis.

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Thought for the Week – Revolution Part 1: Land, People and the More-than-Human World

Diane Pacitti explores the historical revolutionary ideas of Gerrard Winstanley and the contemporary relevance of indigenous voices in addressing environmental crises.

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Genesis: a text for revolution?

Diane Pacciti introduces the radical vision of John Ball, the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, and the Diggers and Levellers communities in the 17th century.

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The Three Sisters: a mutual thriving

Joan Ishibashi shares the importance of the Three Sisters in American farming and food – maize, beans and squash.

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Guardians of Greenery

Catherine Tidnam, St James’s Gardener, explains how we achieved Green Flag Status.

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Thought for the Week – The Three Sisters

This weeks’ Thought for the Week is brought to you by the Three Sisters – corn (or maize), beans and squash – in dialogue with their human partners. These plants, tended by First Nations Americans, have flourished together for millennia, providing food for both human and more-than-human creatures. As southern Europe bakes under extreme temperatures and monocrops wither in parched fields, what stories of survival and abundance do they have to tell?

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An illustration of St Francis wearing a brown habit with the hood up. He looks directly at the viewer with one hand raised showing his stigmata and holder a brightly coloured book in the other.

St Francis: Radical Kinship

We celebrate St Francis as the saint who radically re-imagined our relationship
with the earth and the cosmos.

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The ‘Three Sisters’ in the Ecozoic garden are finally taking off!

In June, the Food For The Ecozoic Grow Box is finally taking off! The season has been a salutary reminder that agricultural/horticultural food production is not straightforward.

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St James’s joins The Big One Climate Protests

An estimated 60 000 people from all over the country joined Christian Climate Action and 200 other environmental organisations in Parliament Square over the four-day weekend of 21-24 April.

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Thought for the Week – Food for the Ecozoic

Deborah Colvin, Church Warden and Eco Team member, talks about St James’s new growing project ‘Food for the Ecozoic’.

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Lifelines – planting hedgerows with reverence and connection

Church Warden, Deborah Colvin, shares her experience of planting hedgerows as part of our Earth Justice project.

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Autumn Beauty & Radical Decentering

In the latest of our occasional Earth Justice blogs, Sara Mark reflects on the season.

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Thought for the Day – 9 November Podcast

Listen to Lucy’s ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio 4 which was broadcast on Tuesday 9 November 2022, in which she reflects on the climate crisis.

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Decentring Ourselves

Diane Pacitti argues that we need to decentre our view of the world, drawing on an anthology in which five of her poems written for St. James’s appear alongside works by African writers.

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Thought for the Week – Walking Boots

As part of the ‘Season of Creation’ St James’s Walking Boots Group give their reflections on connecting with each other and with nature.

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Thought for the Week – The valleys deck themselves with grain

As part of the ‘Season of Creation’ Joe Dolman, writes his Thought for the Week about the joys & challenges of having an allotment.

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Meet the Eco Team

Joan Ishibashi

Joan first became aware of the problems of pollution as a youth listening to the daily “smog alerts” on the radio in her hometown of Los Angeles. More recently she kept an N95 mask on hand and wore it during the raging wildfires. She is a retired United Church of Christ minister now living in London and is grateful to be a part of the St. James’s Eco Church group which challenges her to live more sustainably in this destructive Anthropocene age.

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Joan Ishibashi

Meet the Eco Team

Zoe Cuckow

I’ve been involved in Earth Justice at SJP for the last 3 years. I got involved because I was inspired by the breadth of the activities and imagination of the eco-team. Despite the immense challenges facing our planet and communities worldwide, I find being involved SJP’s Earth Justice work hugely enjoyable. It makes me more hopeful for the future of our shared planet.

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Meet the Eco Team

Petra Griffiths

I have had a commitment to a green and holistic spirituality since my involvement with creation spirituality, which introduced me to the Christian contemplatives. I am a member of Greenspirit, Muswell Hill Sustainability, and a shareholder in EN10 Energy zero carbon community energy. Through Journeying Together and Living Spirituality Connections we explore what an embodied spirituality that is embedded within the web of life means to us.

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Petra Griffiths

Meet the Eco Team

Deborah Colvin

Deborah has been active in sustainability and conservation for many years as an educator and scientist as well as through church activities. She is looking forward to the day when the word ‘eco’ becomes redundant because we humans have learned to live with limitation while celebrating all that this good earth offers.

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Meet the Eco Team

Penelope Turton

Penelope has long been exercised by the environmental catastrophe we face. She has a particular interest in in finding ways of living that honour our connectedness and interdependency with the natural world and seek to minimise the damage we do.

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