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  • 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...


  • Leading mags run Andy Atkins story
    March 2, 2016

    andy atkins a rocha uk 5 (photo JJ)Growing up in a tropical island paradise, standing up for political prisoners, speaking to a vast ocean of faces on a protest rally and racing home to watch Have I Got News For You.

    It’s a colourful montage of what life can be like for A Rocha UK’s new chief Andy Atkins (pictured) – as captured by leading Christian publications. Popular men’s magazine Sorted is the latest title to feature Andy’s story since Mothers’ Union journal Families First ran an article earlier this year.

    DEPLETED WORLD

    Andy told Sorted how men can engage with the environment. ‘This vision needs men to become active in registering their church with A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme – and working with their church leaders to drive those changes,’ he said.

    Men and women ... Read more...


  • New wave of volunteer roles
    February 29, 2016

    WF-Andy Atkins & Lord Tony Young with local volunteersScoop spectacular stories for social media. Encourage generous donors to give. Research controversial issues on the environment.

    Those are just some of the activities lined up for a new wave of volunteers being recruited at A Rocha UK for its work in conservation and the environment.

    MOBILISING PEOPLE

    Specific roles being promoted by the charity are – a volunteer fundraiser to help support high value donor and legacy development, a researcher/PA to the Chief Executive Officer, and a social media co-ordinator.

    ‘We need someone to help boost our donations,’ said Fundraising Manager Sandi Filby. ‘That means someone with good people skills and a passion for mobilising resources behind our cause – someone who is proactive and with experience of fundraising generally.’

    CEO Andy Atkins (pictured) is calling for a volunteer who can support him in his organisational strategy, speaking ... Read more...



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