About Me

familyHi, 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.

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  5. 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

  6. Hi Pod, nice to hear from you. Send me an email (ruth@ruthvalerio.net) 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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  8. 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.

  9. Hi Ruth
    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

  10. Dear 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?

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Clive, yes very happy to discuss by email (ruth@ruthvalerio.net). 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.

  11. 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.

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