I am a Christian minister working on the interface between faith and environmental issues such as climate change and conservation. I’m based in the seaside city of Brighton and Hove in Sussex, England, at the Brighthelm Church and Community Centre. I have been a United Reformed Church minister since 1995, firstly in south London and then in Hove before coming to Brighton in 2014.
Here in Brighton, I have been involved in a number of actions and campaign groups. Brighthelm was the first UK church to divest from fossil fuels and this has given me a platform in the wider divestment campaign, including serving three years on the board of Operation Noah. I have initiated several outdoor worship actions, including ‘Pray In The Sea’, which ran for about 18 months in the run up to the Paris climate conference, and a number of Forest Church gatherings. I have spoken in a variety of settings – church groups, community groups, students, retired communities, clergy training events, even the general assembly of Occupy London.
I am increasingly interested in prayer and spirituality, especially nature-connection and Ignatian prayer. I am currently working on a practice of discernment to help individuals to find a path of action that is true to themselves and also communities to be a source of support and growth. Watch this space – maybe something written will emerge, but meanwhile you can book me for a workshop on this (see the Speaking page) as I develop the ideas.
Off duty, I welcome any excuse to spend time outdoors, especially in the woods, although I find music a good excuse to be indoors, especially if that’s where the piano (or guitar or ukulele) is or where the dance (50s jive) is being held. I’m married to textile artist Louise and we have three ‘children’ who are older than they used to be and mostly live elsewhere.