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Paula Boddington & Adrienne Brooks

AI, inner life & the future of Humanity

St Ethelburga’s is one of London’s most enduring church buildings. An 800-year-old church site, it has stood for centuries as consecrated ground. Now, surrounded on all sides by development works, skyscrapers, and the economically-driven activity of the City, St Ethelburga’s remains true to its ancient purpose. We continue to offer a space for connection with the sacred and with our deepest human values, protecting them against erosion.

Conference 2023

Rupert Read, Noora Firaq, Will Goldring & Minna Salami

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Conference 2023

Clare Martin

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Conference 2023

Sam Lee

Awake, Awake Sweet England

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Conference 2023

David Hinton

Wild Mind, Wild Earth Zen and Ecology in an Age of Extinction

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Conference 2023

Scilla Elworthy

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Conference 2023

Kaira Jewel Lingo

Faith & Courage: An embodied practice

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Conference 2023

Bruna Kadletz

Climate and Mass Displacement: A Spiritual Humanitarian Response

This video contains content from the Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference, a 1-day event exploring the intersection of climate and peace, held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 12th of July 2023.

Dr Bayo Akomolafe & Father Adam Bucko

What does the hero’s journey look like in an age of polycrisis?

Join Bayo Akomolafe and Adam Bucko to explore the hero’s journey. Does this mythic framework have something to offer in our time?

What does it mean to engage with the concept of a heroic journey in an age of near-term existential risk, when much is unravelling around us, including an old archetypal landscape that might once have provided structure for our inner lives?

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Sr Lucy Kurien

In conversation about faith and moral courage

Join Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Sister Lucy Kurien to explore what qualities of courage we need to cultivate in our traumatised and tender era. What does it mean to live our deepest values even in the teeth of risk?

Pat McCabe & Bayo Akomolafe

Trickster, monster, other: new and ancient ways of seeing in the dark

Join Pat McCabe and Bayo Akomolafe for a conversation that upends our thinking about the monstrous, the chaotic, and the dark. What can indigenous traditions teach us about clear-seeing in times when darkness and chaos are on the rise? What ancient wisdoms can we draw upon, to grow our resilience to live in the heart of the storm?

Opportunity in crisis

In 1993, the IRA bomb detonated on Bishopsgate, almost completely destroying the church. Yet vision, creativity and commitment ensured that ten years later it opened its doors once again in a new incarnation – as a Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. For many, St Ethelburga’s has become an iconic symbol of the opportunities for growth and evolution that are hidden within crisis and conflict. This story is at the heart of our approach to working with difference and disagreement.

Values into action

The life of St Ethelburga was characterised by courageous action in the face of devastation. Ethelburga was a fearless and selfless leader. When the plague came to her doorstep in Barking, Ethelburga gave her nuns a choice: close the doors and pray, or open the doors and serve the community. They chose to serve, even knowing that many of them would die as a result.  Ethelburga is our inspiration for putting spiritual values into action in challenging times, for bringing faith and action together as one. 

Protecting the sacred

St Ethelburga’s is one of London’s most enduring church buildings. An 800-year-old church site, it has stood for centuries as consecrated ground. Now, surrounded on all sides by development works, skyscrapers, and the economically-driven activity of the City, St Ethelburga’s remains true to its ancient purpose. We continue to offer a space for connection with the sacred and with our deepest human values, protecting them against erosion.

Community across differences

Our Bedouin tent was built as a response to 9/11.  The tent is welcoming to all, bringing Eastern architecture alongside the Western heritage of the church. It is a space without hierarchy where differing perspectives can be explored.  Reflected in the fabric of our building, this theme of diverse narratives and belief systems co-existing fruitfully, side by side, is present within all our projects. 

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Outside the Echo Chamber – Sir Richard Stagg

Outside the Echo Chamber – Sir Richard Stagg

Outside the Echo Chamber is a series of events where the aim is to offer an opportunity to have conversations with people you wouldn’t normally meet in your day to day life.

This month we will be hearing from career diplomat, Sir Richard Stagg, on his experience of working in Afghanistan and Bulgaria during times of conflict.

Outside the Echo Chamber – David Goodhart

Outside the Echo Chamber – David Goodhart

Outside the Echo Chamber is a series of events where the aim is to offer an opportunity to have conversations with people you wouldn’t normally meet in your day to day life.

In this episode we welcome David Goodhart and will be discussing the causes of widening socioeconomic inequality and political polarisation, how the future will be impacted by Covid-19, AI and automation (to name a few), and what we can do about it.

Outside the Echo Chamber – Julian Enoizi

Outside the Echo Chamber – Julian Enoizi

Outside the Echo Chamber is a series of events where the aim is to offer an opportunity to have conversations with people you wouldn’t normally meet in your day to day life. This conversation is with Julian Enoizi, CEO of Pool RE, the government backed provider of reinsurance for terrorism. His talk is entitled “Ensuring the uninsurable, the importance of a public-private approach to pandemic and other systemic risks”

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Sam Lee: Awake, Awake Sweet England

Sam Lee: Awake, Awake Sweet England

Enjoy highlights from our Faith & Moral Courage event series: read the speech by folk singer Sam Lee, delivered at St Ethelburga’s Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference. To watch the...

April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Dear friends, Last week I was invited to watch my daughter’s year 6 after-school science club. When I arrived along with all the other parents we found the classroom was filled with eggs. Four...

Sam Lee: Awake, Awake Sweet England

Sam Lee: Awake, Awake Sweet England

Enjoy highlights from our Faith & Moral Courage event series: read the speech by folk singer Sam Lee, delivered at St Ethelburga’s Bridging Divides, Loving Earth Conference. To watch the...

April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Dear friends, Last week I was invited to watch my daughter’s year 6 after-school science club. When I arrived along with all the other parents we found the classroom was filled with eggs. Four...

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