BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Development) housing community at Hackbridge in the London Borough of Sutton is the UK's first large-scale eco-village. 20 of us from St James’s, Kensington Unitarians, Greenspirit and Sustainable Haringey were given a tour of the site, by Katherine Lund-Yates of https://www.bioregional.com/ which champions One Planet living. Read a report on our visit here
Report on lecture by John F Haught at St James's Church 2 June 2019 in which he emphasised the importance of religion learning from findings in geology, biology and cosmology, and of integrating these into our contemporary theological understandings. He focused on the importance of a sense of purpose and meaning in the universe. He related what he had to say closely to the content of Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical on care for our common home, issued in 2015, which is informed by modern scientific understandings of our place in the universe. Read more here
Deborah writes: “I really appreciated the explicit co-mingling/admixture of science, spirit, activism and contemplative approaches in this event" Read the report
‘Every day they continued to meet together...They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,’ Acts 2, 26
I’ve been asked to write about Food - the sharing of Food is such an important act as a Christian - the early Christians shared meals on numerous occasions, Jesus commanded us to break bread together - it is central to our Church community life.
Food nourishes and sustains us, it comforts us, a tasty meal brings enormous pleasure but our daily Food choices can be difficult - should I buy Organic, is it Fair Trade, is it high in sugar or salt, is it wrapped in plastic, has it been air-freighted, has it been in cold storage for six months?? You can tie yourself in knots. How can we act justly in these confusing times? Over the past century we have moved to an unsustainable food system, which is why it’s time to reconsider our food choices today.
But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. Jeremiah 2.7
‘Sustainability’ is now an over-used word - what does it mean? Sustainable practices "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
So how can we make choices that don’t damage our planet and compromise our children’s future still further?
Here are some practical ideas:
And finally, here’s some summer reading for you:
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
Dominion, by Matthew Scully
When Elephants Weep, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Diet For A Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe
The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Dead Zone, by Phillip Lymbery
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan