Hi, I’m Ruth Valerio: Community activist, eco-advocate, academic, mum, author, veg grower, wife and pig keeper rolled into one.
I live with my husband and two daughters in Chichester, where I am part of Revelation Church, leading a cell group and preaching regularly. I am Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and am a founder of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fairtrade jewellery company.
I am involved in issues of community regeneration, co-chairing the Community Association for the estate that we live on. With a theology degree from Cambridge and an MA from the London School of Theology, I have recently completed doctoral studies at Kings College London, looking at simplicity and consumerism.
I have written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, as well as writing Bible study guides for Scripture Union and CWR. Concerned to ‘practice what I preach’, I have an allotment, run a food cooperative and run a pig-keeping social enterprise with friends. I am also very involved with Transition Chichester and run the Chichester Garden Share scheme. I write a regular column in Families First magazine, as well as writing for magazines such as Christianity and Third Way.
Hi Ruth I found your blog at last… I see you found ours. I’ve put a link to yours on ours as well as your kind review.
Great! Nice to see you here, ATB.
Great to see another A Rocha contact with a blog. Keep up the good work!
Thanks Peter, good to meet you here. Glad you like the blog – do spread the word about it, that’d be really nice for me. ATB, Ruth
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Really looking forward to you visiting Heacham, land of Lavender, and having you at Heacham Green Team’s Living Lightly event (wonder where we got that event title from) on 2 November.
thanks Philippa, it’ll be nice to meet you
Thank you for attending our event in Norfolk, best way to sum up your talk is “inspirational common sense”
Thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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Hi Ruth! Friends of mine from Christ Church in St Albans have spoken very highly of you and I wondered if there might be any mileage in us connecting. I am a very new Eden team leader (part of the Eden Network and The Message Trust, if you know it?) in Wheatley, Doncaster and seeking the Lord for ways to bring hope, blessing, transformation, healing and salvation to this very small estate. It is pretty run-down and overall not very middle class (sorry for using such a crude description but I hope you know what I mean). A friend said you have seen significant transformation where you are, so praise Jesus for that/you! I am particularly keen to use loads of different “servant evangelism” to reach out to the locals in practical ways. Do you think we might be able to benefit from a little contact with each other? God bless you in all you do, and may the Lord lift you up today and always (Zephaniah 3:17). Cheers, Pod (Martin Podmore) x
Hi Pod, nice to hear from you. Send me an email (email@example.com) and then I’ll give you my phone number and we can have a chat at some point. Would be great to connect. All the best, Ruth
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Your talks were the highlight of the Global Awareness Conference in Bristol last weekend and have spurred me on to reconsider my food habits. I look forward to further inspiration from following your blog.
Oh, thank you, that’s ever so kind of you to be in touch and let me know that. I hope the inspiration continues! All the best.
I was really interested to read about your PhD thesis. Is it available on line?
Many thanks, James
Hello James, not it’s not, sorry, although I’ll be turning into a book when I can get round to it! But, I’m more than happy to email you over a copy if you want to give me your email address. All the best, Ruth
Apologies for not getting to speak to you after your excellent and inspiring talk this morning. I wanted to understand your comment about stewardship being contrary to biblical teaching. Is this something you can discuss by email or would you prefer not to?
Hi Clive, yes very happy to discuss by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I knew as I was making it that I shouldn’t make such a throwaway comment without having the time to unpack it but it slipped out before I could help myself (and ‘contrary’ isn’t quite the word I’d use)! Thanks for your kind comments about my talk and I’ll look forward to hearing from you. All the best.
Hi Ruth, looking forward to hearing you at the Canterbury Diocesan Synod.
The link to A Rocha in your introduction comes up with “page not found”. Can you advise a better link.
Hello Harry, that’s helpful to know, thank you. I’ve fixed it now so do take a look. All the best, I’ll look forward to meeting you in Canterbury (or thereabouts!).
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