We are living in a polycrisis that threatens to overwhelm us. We need profound change in our understanding and behaviour if future generations are to have a liveable future. The ancient Greeks’ had a word for this kind of change: Metanoia, a transformative change of heart or spiritual conversion.
As a species we have a rich heritage of story, tradition, skills and wisdom to draw upon. Indigenous peoples, rooted in the Earth for tens of thousands of years, hold much of this heritage. But both indigenous peoples and the more-than-human world have suffered grievously from a colonising mindset that reduces the earth and its peoples to a collection of exploitable resources. Christianity has, sadly, played a significant role in this exploitative history.
This series emerges from our ‘Food for the Ecozoic’ project, a practical adventure in food-growing and a spiritual quest. In these conversations we invite voices from Turtle Island (the North American continent) to unsettle our assumptions, challenge our world-views and share their visions of mutuality between humans and with the more-than human world. We will ask:
Conversations will be hosted by Deborah Colvin, a member of the Earth Justice team at St James’s. Deborah is an educator and environmental activist, and was formerly a farmer and agricultural scientist. She was born when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration was 318 parts per million. In 2023, carbon dioxide peaked at 424 parts per million.
Thanks to the generosity of our conversationalists these events are offered free of charge. Each session starts at 6.00pm UK time and lasts about 75 minutes.
Sunday 10 March 6pm GMT
Indigenous sacralities underneath state ideologies:
reading the bible, reading modernity
Sunday 14 April 6pm BST
Changing Our Minds
In conversation with Rev Shawn Sanford Beck
Being amongst beings: the animate Earth
Shawn Sanford Beck is an ecumenical Christian priest and the founder of the Ecumenical Companions of Sophia, an informal online community fostering Christian-Pagan dialogue and spiritual practice
In 2023 the south-facing, sun-drenched curtilage of the church becomes a new Grow Space featuring The Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) growing on the railings. Many cultures have a version of this staple food combination, which sustainably provides carbohydrates, protein and vitamins/minerals.
A Triumph of Delights was a month long festival in October 2021 in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, providing a variety of spaces to gather in solidarity, and to celebrate the beauty and fragility of our common home.
Daily Bread is a community wheat-growing project connecting city-dwellers with food production, engaging with ecological and environmental concerns and exploring humanity’s 10,000 year relationship with wheat.
Aftermath is an ongoing collaborative community project lead by the Eco Team. In 1940 St James’s was badly bomb-damaged. 42 species of ‘weeds’ grew in the nave. We grew the weeds again in the aftermath of Covid, asking what they have to teach us.