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Lent book discussion

This year, we will be reading Saying Yes To Life by Ruth Valerio, chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020. We’ll be meeting for five weeks on Friday lunchtimes at the Cross Keys from 12.30-1.30 pm, from Friday 6th March; and also (for those who can’t make Friday) on Tuesday evenings from 8pm, at Heike’s house on 44 Leamore Street W6 0JZ, from Tuesday 3rd March.

It would be good to have a rough idea of numbers in advance, so do let Heike or Charles know if (and which group) you hope to attend.


Ruth Valerio’s book is perfect for individuals and groups to think, reflect, pray and be challenged together.’ JUSTIN WELBY, from the Foreword

Saying Yes to Life lifts our focus from natural, everyday concerns to issues that are having an impact on millions of lives around the world. As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what he has created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.

Foundational to Saying Yes to Life is what it means to be human and, in particular, to be a follower of Jesus. Voices from around the world are heard throughout, and each chapter ends with discussion questions and a prayer to aid action and contemplation.

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from Kings College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in the south of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian living that doesn’t cost the earth and Just Living: Faith and community in an age of consumerism.