Renewal not just of the spirit – but also of the world – is the aim of a new ‘Green Communion’ created for A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme.
And A Rocha UK are urging as many churches as possible to use this specially written liturgy on 5th February. The ‘Green Communion’ will be a key feature at services across England and Wales.
‘We’ve set aside that date as a special Sunday to celebrate the first year of Eco Church,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio. ‘A Rocha UK is urging churches to join in by covering their communion table with a green cloth, affirming their care for creation.’
The ‘Green Communion’ has been written by Rev Matthew Rushton (pictured), who leads the worship life of Canterbury Cathedral. The liturgy provides a full communion service – and offers ... Read more...
Donors can make twice the splash with every pound they give. From 12noon 29th November to 12noon 2nd December, The Big Give Christmas Challenge will match each donation and help A Rocha UK create a wildlife ‘oasis’ in West London’s urban sprawl.
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Thanks to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, A Rocha UK supporters can see their donations double at no extra cost. A Rocha UK is urging supporters to help raise £7,000 for a pond at the Wolf Fields urban nature reserve.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge will double the amount A Rocha UK receives up to a maximum of £14,000 – at no extra cost to the giver. Supporters must visit Read more...
The whole world should vote in the US elections, because they have such an impact on the rest of us. At least that’s how the joke goes. With the election of Donald Trump, more people than ever would agree. If Trump implements even half of his campaign promises, it’ll be a disaster for the environment.
The president-elect has pledged to cancel US participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change, reverse Obama’s laws to reduce coal-fired power station emissions, abolish support to renewable energy projects and shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency. That’s just for starters. It’s a nightmarish scenario that could well come true. So, what can we do?
We should pray for the millions of US citizens who care passionately about nature. They’re grieving and fearful today, and need wisdom on how to proceed. We can hope the momentum ... Read more...
Generous supporters – with the backing of The Big Give Christmas Appeal – have just raised more than £15,000, exceeding the target to put in a pond at Wolf Fields. But there’s a chance to do more to make this a real wildlife ‘oasis’ for West London.
‘You did it!’ said CEO Andy Atkins, just after hearing the news. ‘Thanks to all our supporters and the Big Give Christmas Appeal, we can now build a pond at our Wolf Fields urban nature reserve. Our plan is to make a better home for hard pressed amphibians and enable more local children to have a great experience of nature.
‘We send a big “thank you” from all of us at A Rocha UK. The Challenge is now open until 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 6th December – so there’s still time to donate to our ... Read more...
I visited the Pyrenees with my family, and found a new species. It was the red-billed leiothrix – or Pekin Robin – from south-east Asia. It is a shy thrush-sized bird with scarlet bill, greenish back, blue tail, yellow underparts and a rosy breast.
The song is somewhere between a nightingale and a blackbird. It added a splash of colour to a late summer day. This species was released from cages in north-east Spain in 1990, and has since naturalised in river valleys in the Pyrenean mountains. According to recent university surveys, they don’t appear to be having any negative impact on French wildlife. They add to the sound and spectacle of the mountains. So good news, then!
Not so fast! The second UK record of Asian hornet has been confirmed, from a smallholding in Somerset. This species has had a profound ... Read more...