Living Lightly

Guest post by Ruth Valerio

What gives you the most amount of pleasure in life? Maybe it’s playing with your kids, watching the hum of city streets, planting some seeds, creating something in your workshop, walking with God in the fields, seeing a friend step closer to Jesus…

Whatever those things are they are likely to be based on the relationships we have: the relationships with God, with other people and with the natural world around us. Yet, too often, our lives get taken over with stuff: we work long hours, get distracted by consumer gadgets and don’t have time to spend on those relationships that matter, including our relationship with the rest of creation.

Living Lightly is a project from A Rocha that I coordinate, that is designed to help us live more lightly in God’s world through every area of our lives, from our own day-to-day choices through to campaigning and what happens in our churches and workplaces. Living Lightly is based around a website that is there with no other purpose other than to resource you. It is full of ideas of things you can do and it gives further information on key issues, links to useful websites and resources, and an on-line community that you can share your thoughts and questions with. In addition there are regular Guest Articles from interesting contributors and, if you subscribe, you will receive a monthly Eco-Tip from my good self, giving you a helpful idea each month of something practical you can do.

So please do have a look at www.arocha.org.uk/livinglightly and be inspired to see what you can do to live rightly in this amazing world.

Guest post by Ruth Valerio

Ruth is doing her doctorate in London, chairs her local community association and runs the Living Lightly programme for A Rocha.

Ruth spends much of her time speaking and writing on the issues of justice and the environment, and her books include, L is for Lifestyle: Christian living that doesn’t cost the earth (IVP:2008).

Ruth is also involved in the leadership of Spring Harvest. Ruth lives in Chichester with her husband and two daughters and is part of Revelation Church.

For further information see: www.arocha.org.uk/livinglightly and www.lisforlifestyle.com.

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