May 30, 2023
At what level do vast social and ecological problems begin? Elizabeth Oldfield is host of The Sacred podcast and the former director of Theos, the leading religion and society think tank in the U.K., where she oversaw a range of ambitious attempts to influence legislation, inform journalists, and leaven the cultural atmosphere in public life. She left Theos two years ago with a hunch that some of the largest societal cancers we face germinate in the broken places of relationship and disconnection—with God, with ourselves, with one another, and with the earth. In response, she and her family have gone all-in on an intentional Christian community in east London, discerning day by day how to live out an alternative way of life in an urban, highly individualistic and consumerist context.