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  • How to follow God underwater
    April 1, 2016

    What’s it like to vomit underwater in the pursuit of God? You could say it takes commitment to a deeper level.

    That’s part of the story that A Rocha UK’s ‘aqua man’ Bob Sluka (pictured) will share at the Christians In Science Northern Conference this month. ‘Spreading The Good News Of Science And Faith’ will be held at The Diamond, Sheffield, on 16th April.

    REVELATION OF GOD

    Bob works mainly with A Rocha International, and assists A Rocha UK in marine conservation. His conference talk will focus on ‘Revealing the hidden things of God in the ocean: A Rocha’s marine research and conservation programme’.

    A conference goal is to highlight science in action. ‘My goal is to help people see research as lifting off the basket over God’s candle – as in Matthew chapter 5 – and setting out that city on a ... Read more...


  • Wolf Fields to celebrate May Day
    April 1, 2016

    wolf fields crowdMore than 300 people are expected to converge on A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields for a special open-air service on May Day (1st May).

    Main speaker will be A Rocha UK’s CEO Andy Atkins. Leading the service, which starts at 10.30am, will be Holy Trinity Church, Southall – a multi-ethnic worshipping community of people of all ages.

    IMPRESSIVE STATISTICS

    They’re part of the Southall Group Ministry of five Anglican parishes working together – St George’s, Emmanuel, St John’s and St Mary’s as well as Holy Trinity – who will all be taking part in the event.

    Everyone is welcome at the service, which comes at a time when A Rocha UK celebrates a long list of achievements at Wolf Fields. So far, A Rocha UK’s education team have led events for more than 500 children there.

    Since the start ... Read more...


  • Church activists respond to Paris talks
    April 1, 2016

    Christians are responding to the Paris Agreement that brought together nearly 200 countries in the first-ever legally binding global climate deal.

    Church activists will converge on Coventry Central Hall on 15th April to plan how their communities should put the Paris talks into action. And A Rocha UK supporters can join them by booking here.

    RESTORED CREATION

    A Rocha UK is a partner behind this 2016 Ecumenical World Development Conference, ‘Hope In A Changing Climate’. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured) will be one of the speakers at the two-day event.

    Ruth will give an introduction to A Rocha UK’s environmental award scheme Eco Church. She will also lead a workshop on her new book ‘Just Living – Faith And Community In An Age Of Consumerism’.

    At the Paris conference in December 2015, 195 countries agreed to limit global warming ... Read more...


  • Take a stroll down Eco Street
    April 1, 2016

    CRE 2015 square 2 Exploring environmental issues will be like a stroll in the park when A Rocha UK take steps with the Christian Resources Exhibition to create Eco Street.

    They’re working together to set up a new zone focusing on all things eco-friendly at CRE International 2016 (2015 event pictured). What’s become known affectionately as ‘the ideal church show’ runs at London’s ExCeL from 17th-20th May.

    FREE ADMISSION

    ‘We’re very proud and excited to partner with A Rocha UK in setting up Eco Street,’ said event director Bill Allen. ‘Eco Street has been founded because we recognise the need to help churches care for God’s earth.’

    A seminar stream will discuss theological issues surrounding ecology and offer ways in which churches can respond in a practical way. A Rocha UK supporters will be entitled to free admission to the event.

    ‘Organisations, agencies and ... Read more...


  • Prince of Wales views A Rocha UK’s work
    March 4, 2016

    prince charles (1)The Prince of Wales, a Lord, a Mayor – and scores of budding ecologists – viewed or took part in A Rocha UK’s Wolf Fields project at West London recently.

    On a visit to St John’s Church, Southall, last month (February), The Prince of Wales met A Rocha UK founder Rev Dave Bookless (pictured), and heard about the charity’s work that started at the town in 2001.

    DERELICT LAND

    A Rocha UK was one of a group of local initiatives invited to the visit to show The Prince of Wales the work they are doing in the local community. The Prince was there to meet members of the town’s faiths forum and to hear more about the church’s community work.

    Two weeks later, Lord Tony Young and Mayor of Ealing Councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer joined more than 100 A Rocha UK staff and ... Read more...



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