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Changing our Minds

Changing our Minds: Learning to be ecozoic

A season of online conversations

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:

  • What happens to our action in the world if we see each created being as alive, sentient and connected?
  • What does a decolonised and decolonising Christianity look like?
  • How would such a decolonising, rewilding paradigm shift affect our reading of Biblical and Foundational texts?
  • How can our highly diverse, urbanised and globalised societies ‘be more indigenous’ in the places we find ourselves in the 21st century?

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.

Our past conversations

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