Hi, I’m Ruth Valerio: Community activist, Christian, academic, eco-warrior, mum, author, veg grower, wife and pig keeper rolled into one.
I live with my husband and two daughters in Chichester, where I am part of Revelation Church, leading a cell group and preaching regularly. I am Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and am a Director of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fairtrade jewellery company.
I am involved in issues of community regeneration, co-chairing the Community Association for the estate that we live on. With a theology degree from Cambridge and an MA from the London School of Theology, I have recently completed doctoral studies at Kings College London, looking at simplicity and consumerism.
I have written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, as well as writing Bible study guides for Scripture Union and CWR. Concerned to ‘practice what I preach’, I have an allotment, run a food cooperative and run a pig-keeping social enterprise with friends. I am also very involved with Transition Chichester and run the Chichester Garden Share scheme. I write a regular column in Families First magazine, as well as writing for magazines such as Christianity and Third Way.