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.
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.
Aftermath ‘Bomb Box’
A Triumph of Delights
Gold Eco Church Award
Penelope Turton asks what Christians in rich countries should be doing about the climate crisis.
Diane Pacitti explores the historical revolutionary ideas of Gerrard Winstanley and the contemporary relevance of indigenous voices in addressing environmental crises.
Diane Pacciti introduces the radical vision of John Ball, the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, and the Diggers and Levellers communities in the 17th century.
Joan Ishibashi shares the importance of the Three Sisters in American farming and food – maize, beans and squash.
Catherine Tidnam, St James’s Gardener, explains how we achieved Green Flag Status.
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?
We celebrate St Francis as the saint who radically re-imagined our relationship
with the earth and the cosmos.
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.
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.
Deborah Colvin, Church Warden and Eco Team member, talks about St James’s new growing project ‘Food for the Ecozoic’.
Church Warden, Deborah Colvin, shares her experience of planting hedgerows as part of our Earth Justice project.
In the latest of our occasional Earth Justice blogs, Sara Mark reflects on the season.
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.
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.
As part of the ‘Season of Creation’ St James’s Walking Boots Group give their reflections on connecting with each other and with nature.
As part of the ‘Season of Creation’ Joe Dolman, writes his Thought for the Week about the joys & challenges of having an allotment.
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.
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