Events will cherish the earth

24 February 2017, Comments Comments Off on Events will cherish the earth

conference story pic - 1Mobilising churches and cherishing churchyards will be the themes of two forthcoming conferences – and A Rocha UK plays a key role in both of them.

A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins will speak on ‘Saving Planet Earth – a serious role for the Church?’ at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, on 29th April. A Rocha UK volunteer David Curry is helping host a conference on ‘Devon’s Living Churchyards’ at the historic Buckfast Abbey on 6th May.


Andy Atkins will address the Christian Rural and Environmental Studies day on mobilising the Church on the environment. A Rocha UK is a partner in CRES which is led by the John Ray Initiative of Christians working in science.

Not only will the programme be relevant to those on the CRES course, but also to anyone else interested in the environment. The two-year CRES course provides an opportunity to study rural and environmental issues from a Christian viewpoint.

The booking deadline for the one-day event is 13th April – click here for details. Cost for those external to the CRES course is £25 including lunch and refreshments. For all CRES students, tutors and steering group the cost is included in fees.

David Curry is helping to run a spring conference on ‘Devon’s Living Churchyards’. From 10am-4pm, the day will focus on ‘How to look after your church land in wildlife friendly ways’. Organisers are the Diocese of Exeter in co-operation with Devon Wildlife Trust and A Rocha UK.


An introduction to Eco Church will be part of the agenda. Other topics to be covered will include – churchyard biodiversity, churchyard trees, geology, storytelling, interpretation, and edible churchyards.

‘Churchyards are one of the most enduring features of the British landscape,’ said David, ‘and are a very powerful symbol of shelter in our culture. In modern times, churchyards have become sanctuaries for wildlife.’

Charge for the day will be £20. Bookings are essential. Contact Joanie Harris on 01392 294940 or email.

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