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Online Lent book discussion

After the interruption of the last week or two (!), we will try to gather again this Friday to continue discussing  Saying Yes To Life by Ruth Valerio, chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020.

To do so, we’ll try using Zoom, which is a computer platform which allows online group discussion. You can access it on your phone or tablet, but you will probably find it easier to use a computer. You can have a look in advance by visiting

I’ve scheduled a Zoom meeting for 1pm on Friday 27th March. To access it, I think all you have to do is to wait until 1pm, then use the the following address in your web-browser (or just click the link directly) and follow the directions:

This is only the third time I’ve tried to use this, so I’m not quite sure if it will work! When you are in the system, make sure you enable both the sound and the video by clicking the relevant icons in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. If you’ve having problems, call me at the time on 07979093418.

For this week (week three), please read chapters four and five; there is also video interviews to accompany these chapters, which you can watch at


‘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.