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CEL home > Events > Storm of Hope >Speakers June 2007


Christian Ecology Link presents 

Storm of Hope 

Saturday 7 th July 2007

11 am to 5 pm (Doors open 10 am )
All Hallows by the
Tower Church, London EC3


Prof Mary Grey

is an ecofeminist liberation theologian, until recently D.J.James Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter and formerly Professor of Contemporary Theology at the University of Southampton, based at La Sainte Union (1993-7). Before that she was Professor of Feminism and Christianity at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is now professorial research fellow at St Mary's University College , Twickenham, London, UK.

Her recent writing includes: Introducing Feminist Images of God, (London: Continuum 2001), Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalisation , (London: SCM 2003, Fortress 2004), The Unheard Scream - the Struggles of Dalit Women in India, (New Delhi 2004 ), Pursuing the Dream - a Jewish- Christian Conversation, with Rabbi Dan Cohn Sherbok, (Darton, Longman and Todd 2005). For 10 years she was editor of the Journal Ecotheology. Her theological project is now reconciliation, of which reconciliation to the earth is a special focus. See Struggling with Reconciling Hearts: how to bring back the beauty of life in a violent world, forthcoming 2007(Darton, Longman and Todd). She is a founding trustee of the NGO, Wells for India, a water-based organisation in Rajasthan, NW India.


Ann PettiforAnn Pettifor

is the part-time campaigns director for Operation Noah, the climate change campaign based at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Ann is also a director of Advocacy International Ltd, a consultancy that advises organisations ranging from the Global Aids Alliance to the Nigerian government. In 1994 Ms Pettifor led the design, organisation and mobilisation of the global debt cancellation campaign, Jubilee 2000 , which resulted in world leaders cancelling about $60bn of debt owed by 42 countries. Ms Pettifor is a senior associate of the new economics foundation (nef) where in 2003 she edited nef's publication, " the Real World Economic Outlook ". In 2006 Palgrave published her latest book, ' The Coming First World Debt Crisis' , an analysis of the threat to economies and the ecosystem of rising western indebtedness. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle , and was granted the Freedom of the City of Callao, Peru in 1999. In 2000 she was granted the Pax Christi International Peace Prize. President Obasanjo of Nigeria made her a Member of the Order of the Niger in 2002.


Dave Bookless

Rev Dave Bookless

is National Director of A Rocha UK , part of the international Christian environmental charity, A Rocha ( ) which runs practical environmental projects in 16 countries across five continents. His passion is living and communicating Christian faith in ways that reflect the full scope of the biblical Gospel, and speak to contemporary cultures.

Dave was born in Calcutta of missionary parents, and lived in India until aged 10. After schooling in India and England he read modern history at Jesus College , Cambridge , specialising in Gandhian politics and post-imperial India and Africa . After teacher-training in Religious Education, Dave taught in mainly Muslim schools in Bradford from 1984-1988, finishing as Lecturer in Christianity at Bradford 's Interfaith Education Centre.

From 1988-1991 Dave studied for ordination in the Church of England, at Trinity College , Bristol . Whilst in Bristol he completed a Masters specialising in the development of indigenous Indian Christianity. In 1991, Dave was ordained, and moved to Southall - the most multiracial corner of the U.K. with large Sikh, Muslim and Hindu communities. He and his family have lived in Southall ever since. He was curate at St. John's Church before becoming vicar of St. George's from 1993-2000. He now assists at St. John's when he is not speaking elsewhere.

Dave and his wife Anne became involved in A Rocha during the 1990s, as they were deeply impressed by A Rocha's holistic expression of Christian care for people and God's creation. Dave became a Trustee of A Rocha International , and at the start of 2001 Dave and Anne co-founded A Rocha UK , and became team leaders for the ' A Rocha Living Waterways ' project seeking to create a 'greener, cleaner Southall and Hayes'. A Rocha's team live in community in and around A Rocha's Centre in Southall aiming to model sustainable lifestyles in the midst of urban London , and to be an agent of community transformation. A Rocha Living Waterways grew rapidly, focussing on helping a local Council develop the Minet Country Park on ninety acres of formerly derelict land, as well as environmental education, scientific study, volunteer involvement and community projects. A Rocha Living Waterways has been shortlisted both for the London Planning Awards and the national Faithworks Awards.

A Rocha UK has now grown to become one of the UK 's leading Christian environmental charities, with several further projects emerging around the country, and partnerships with other Christian bodies. Dave speaks widely on environmental issues and Christian belief, mainly in the UK , but occasionally as far afield as Siberia , Gambia , India and Canada . Dave has also written widely on the relationships between belief and environment, and on inter-faith relations. He has contributed to various books including 'Caring for Creation' (BRF, 2005) and 'When Enough is Enough - A Christian Framework for Sustainability' (IVP / Apollos 2007).

Dave, his wife Anne, and their four young daugh ters love living in multi-racial Southall and enjoy Indian food and Bollywood movies! Much of their leisure time is spent enjoying their children, but they also enjoy birdwatching, growing their own vegetables, reading, and exploring remote islands.


Chris WaltonRev Chris Walton

Rev. Chris Walton lives and works in Suffolk as the Outreach Director for the Ringsfield Hall Trust's Christian Eco-Study Centre. It is an educational residential centre for Sustainability, Citizenship and Spirituality. The core value at its heart is - Fostering the spirit of the Child - with the hope of helping to restore the connections with self, others, the earth and God.

Chris has been a Baptist minister for 35 years. His model of Christian ministry is that of the clown, the court jester. After a ministry in South Wales, he worked for twenty years as a pastoral minister in an active and growing church in inner- city Birmingham. He became Director of the West Midlands Mission Training Programme an experimental research, development and teaching project for inner city church workers.

Chris is a champion of practical, down to earth green living as an obligation for Christian discipleship and as part of a community helped build a Retreat House in Worcestershire, which became a place of community for many 'living on the edge.

He is the editor of Green Christian, the magazine of Christian Ecology Link and also CEL's Chaplain.

Chris' current PhD research explores the relationship between spirituality and environmental education and eco-justice lifestyles.

Peter DayPeter Day

is BBC Business News Correspondent. He was born in Norfolk in 1947 and educated at Lincoln School and St Edmund Hall Oxford, where he took a degree in English. He joined BBC Radio News in London in London , in 1974, soon specialising in business, City and money news. During three years on Today he became the presenter of the Radio 4 programme IN BUSINESS in 1988 with a mandate to seek out the trends which are about to influence the working world and make them interesting to listeners who may not have realised they cared about the subject.

The Times has called IN BUSINESS "the best business-related programme on either television or radio". Since 2000 he has presented a BBC World Service programme called GLOBAL BUSINESS, transmitted every weekend of the year.

He writes a column for the BBC Website. Read the latest

Peter Day has thrice won the Harold Wincott award for broadcast business journalism, and last year he was given a lifetime achievement award by the Work Foundation. He is married with four children and lives in Islington, 15 minutes cycling distance from the City of London . He is very slowly learning to play the cello and to ring church bells.


Sarah de Nordwall
Sarah de Nordwall

has been a bard for 10 years and now has a Bard School in Golden Square London, to help equip other Christian artists of all genres from dancers to designers, to take their place at the heart of their cultural and political milieu, as sacramentally and wholistically as they can .and express through the prism of their personal experience and talent, the holiness and wholeness that can contribute to the freedom of all.

She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and London   University . She has worked at the BBC and Action Aid, the Commonwealth Institute and at numerous companies and NGOs as a freelance poet, but she learnt the most from Carmelite Hermits in Nova Scotia and the words of John Paul II.

Jo Rathbone

Jo Rathbone

runs the Eco-Congregation programme in England and Wales . She is married with two daughters and lives in Coventry .

She cycles to work where she runs the Eco-congregation programme in England & Wales.

She is trying to "do the environmental and ethical thing" at home with her husband and two daughters.





Dr Nicholas GreyDr Nicholas Grey

is founder director of Wells for India . He has a doctorate in Chemistry. He worked with ICI for more than 20 years in research and production in various technical and management functions.  He set up own PYO farm and nursery. Since founding Wells for India in 1987, he has been to Rajasthan every year to interact with the villagers and plan work with the partners. He has visited over 400 villagers where Wells for India has worked over the years.

Wells for India works with local (mainly Gandhian) partners in Rajasthan for the uplift of the rural people living in the Aravali Hills, Thar Desert and Sambhar Lake areas. Together Wells for India and its partners focus on the poorest and marginalised communities, irrespective of caste, religion or ethnic background. Priorities are set by the villagers themselves with their active involvement and contribution so that they own the projects and are able to sustain them by the time the project has run its course.


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