St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London along with others is actively working with the emerging field of Spiritual Ecology.
Spiritual Ecology can be defined as a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. It is a developing field that joins ecology and environmentalism with a deeper awareness of the sacred within creation. It calls for responses to the environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and/or practice. It acknowledges that at the root of the ecological crisis of our civilisation is a spiritual crisis and therefore the importance of examining our underlying beliefs and attitudes towards the earth, and our spiritual as well as physical responsibilites towards the planet.
The principles of Spiritual Ecology include: interconnectedness, reverence for life, service and stewardship.
We have been inspired by the teachings of a number of religious and spiritual traditions including: Thomas Berry and Pope Francis from the Christian tradition, Joanna Macy and Thicht Naht Hanh from the Buddhist tradition and Vandana Shiva and Satish Kumar of the Hindu tradition.