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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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A Message From St Ethelburga’s New Co Directors

A Message From St Ethelburga’s New Co Directors

Dear friends, St Ethelburga’s exists because 25 years ago one man stood in the crater of a bomb blast and prayed. That man was Bishop Richard Chartres, the bomb was the infamous Bishopsgate bomb...

42 Acres:      October 2021

42 Acres:      October 2021

Poem by Helen Simpson So suddenly the sky is dark,  Patterned with brightly sprinkled stars. A heavy jar of liquorice called tea  To sweeten and soften tummies. Waking in the quietness of...

Immersive resilience retreat in Somerset

Immersive resilience retreat in Somerset

By Clare Coyne When I left the immersive retreat for inner and outer resilience at 42 Acres earlier this month – facilitated wonderfully by Justine and Tarot from St. Ethelburga’s – I...

Food, migration and the taste of memory

Food, migration and the taste of memory

Seetha Tan writes about her experience at Migrateful’s cookery class with Chef Awa. St Ethelburga’s Centre hosts Migrateful cookery classes twice a month, working with migrants, refugees...

What are healthy human cultures?

What are healthy human cultures?

An exploration of the HHC model with Sophy Banks We speak with facilitator and teacher Sophy Banks about what makes a human culture healthy and resilient. Sophy has been a trainer for over 20 years,...

Conflict is a contagion, not a straight line

Conflict is a contagion, not a straight line

Clare Martin writes about how the fire of conflict spreads among not just foes, but friends. She reflects on the metaphor of the fire within, and how the flame of enthusiasm can light up our hope...

Beyond liminality:  Tuning in to a bigger story

Beyond liminality: Tuning in to a bigger story

Justine Huxley shares about a new book. She describes witnessing a time of global liminality and explores how we can be sustained by trusting in the vaster cycles of life. “From  rites  of ...

A Message From St Ethelburga’s New Co Directors

A Message From St Ethelburga’s New Co Directors

Dear friends, St Ethelburga’s exists because 25 years ago one man stood in the crater of a bomb blast and prayed. That man was Bishop Richard Chartres, the bomb was the infamous Bishopsgate bomb...

42 Acres:      October 2021

42 Acres:      October 2021

Poem by Helen Simpson So suddenly the sky is dark,  Patterned with brightly sprinkled stars. A heavy jar of liquorice called tea  To sweeten and soften tummies. Waking in the quietness of...

Immersive resilience retreat in Somerset

Immersive resilience retreat in Somerset

By Clare Coyne When I left the immersive retreat for inner and outer resilience at 42 Acres earlier this month – facilitated wonderfully by Justine and Tarot from St. Ethelburga’s – I...

Food, migration and the taste of memory

Food, migration and the taste of memory

Seetha Tan writes about her experience at Migrateful’s cookery class with Chef Awa. St Ethelburga’s Centre hosts Migrateful cookery classes twice a month, working with migrants, refugees...

What are healthy human cultures?

What are healthy human cultures?

An exploration of the HHC model with Sophy Banks We speak with facilitator and teacher Sophy Banks about what makes a human culture healthy and resilient. Sophy has been a trainer for over 20 years,...

Conflict is a contagion, not a straight line

Conflict is a contagion, not a straight line

Clare Martin writes about how the fire of conflict spreads among not just foes, but friends. She reflects on the metaphor of the fire within, and how the flame of enthusiasm can light up our hope...

Beyond liminality:  Tuning in to a bigger story

Beyond liminality: Tuning in to a bigger story

Justine Huxley shares about a new book. She describes witnessing a time of global liminality and explores how we can be sustained by trusting in the vaster cycles of life. “From  rites  of ...

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