A group of participants sit in a circle on a red rug around a bouquet of white flowers at St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation.
Courtesy of St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace

Spiritual Ecology Programme

St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace
RSF Social Finance Donor-Advised Fund
London, UK

St Ethelburga’s is a maker of peacemakers. Located in the heart of London, they inspire and equip people from all backgrounds to become peace-builders in their own communities and lives. The organization aims to be a hub of expertise and innovative practice, influencing policymakers, academia, and faith communities to activate a global culture of peace.

The Spiritual Ecology Programme is part of a strand of work that encompasses environmental peace-building and support for emerging young leaders of the next generation who are putting spiritual values into action. In 2017, the inaugural Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship brought together ten emerging young leaders between the ages of 25 and 32 from across the UK and Europe. Each participant was supported in developing and delivering a small pilot project that integrated spiritual ecology principles, working with a specific community of their choice. St. Ethelburga’s continues to support the work of the Alumni with seed funding and organizational support through the Associate Fellowship Programme.

St. Ethelburga’s is expanding this approach and curriculum by bringing it to different contexts and communities in the UK, including hosting a number of workshops and residential retreats over the year that are open to people from all ages and backgrounds. One element of this strategy is to offer a “Training the Trainers” retreat, specifically for young people, as part of their goal to support emerging young leaders of the next generation.