‘I glow in the beauty of the fields, I shine in the water, I burn in the sun & the moon & the stars. I permeate all things that they may not die. I am Life.’ – Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179
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.
St James’s won the award for initiatives that included attempting ‘to use renewable energy, reduce their carbon footprint, create wildlife-friendly areas such as a pond and wetland habitat on their land, and encourage outdoor worship and teaching’.
We hope our work will encourage other urban churches to get involved with Eco Church.
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.
Deborah Colvin – Earth Justice
Aftermath ‘Bomb Box’
A Triumph of Delights
Gold Eco Church Award
I’m interested in exploring the relationship between the Earth and spirituality, especially in the contexts of contemplative prayer and liturgy. I help to organize the eco contemplative liturgies, which take place in the Southwood Garden on the 4th Sunday of each month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.