In September 2021 I learned a new word: oikos  

In present day oikos is the name of a yoghurt, but in Ancient Greek times (up to and including New Testament biblical times) it meant household, family, or home.  Oikos is where we get the prefix ‘eco’ – as in ecology, economics, eco-system.  It is about connectedness, our relationships to one another, our interdependence.  ‘No man is an island…’ etc.

So oikos life felt like a good title for gathering some thoughts and reflections on our journey over the past couple of years as a family.  This is about our family/household/home life, especially in terms of how we are trying to live in more eco-friendly ways.  We want to walk more gently on the earth – to be more compassionate, connected and aware of the people, places and other created beings around us.  For us as a family this is inspired by our Christian faith, which shapes how we see the world and how we aim to live as part of it. We are working out what it means to follow Jesus today, particularly in light of our global context of climate and ecological crisis.

The particular prompt to write was our decision to finally get rid of our car completely in October 2021 – to become a car free household.  Several people said they would be interested in hearing some honest reflections on how this worked out for us, so that will be one element of this blog.  But as we thought about that one big lifestyle change we realised that it is just one example of how our attitude and approach to life is changing – a big one, but just one.  So we also want to include thoughts, reflections, and lessons we’ve learned along the way so far on the whole range of our family life and eco-journey.  We hope to include topics like:

  • quick wins
  • less is more
  • food
  • travel
  • stuff
  • cleaning
  • faith
  • protest
  • and probably more!

This is absolutely a work in progress, so we would love to hear your thoughts and responses on the way.  Let us know what lessons you’ve learned, point out the things that look like they are still blind spots for us, join us on this journey.  Peace be with you.  

Oli, Joanne, child1 and child2 🙂

Published by oikoslife

I am married, father of 2 young children (2014 and 2017), pioneering priest in the Church of England, surfer, climate activist and much more. Born in Yorkshire, and currently living on the Yorkshire Coast. Doing my best to live in good connection with God, self, neighbour and creation - working it out as I go.

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