God, the Bible and beach sound a perfect mix. And they’re being offered by A Rocha France as part of a Mediterranean nature study course.
Those planning their summer holiday can consider this French connection that’s being run in partnership with Regent College, a school of theology in Canada. The course will run from 5th-18th June at A Rocha France’s 600-hectare estate.
Set in the mountains – 20 miles from Nice and overlooking the Med – Domaine Les Courmettes (pictured) is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in biodiversity and scientific value. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy nature’s beauty while learning how it can be conserved and restored in the 21st Century.
Participants will learn to root creation care in Jesus’ call to love and discipleship, through worship, prayer, class and field study as part of an ... Read more...
Following the recent high-profile media launch for Eco Church, A Rocha UK friends and supporters are encouraged to make sure their churches engage with the scheme.
A simple three-step plan has been drawn up which reflects the structure of the supporting resources on the Eco Church website:
Think – consider becoming an Eco Church. Talk about it with your vicar, pastor or minister.
Do – register with Eco Church and start responding to the online survey.
Do more – study the supporting resources and act on them. Talk to your friends or other potentially like-minded people at your church and consider setting up a working group to take this forward. It’s easier doing this in community.
The practical challenge of engaging with environmental issues was addressed by speakers at the Eco Church launch event. ‘The great danger is to start by ... Read more...
Work is soon to reach its fruition on establishing an orchard at A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields.
Sixty trees specially ordered for the project arrived just before enews went to press. The consignment was made up of 30 apple trees, 15 pears, five cherries, five plums, two each of quinces and mulberries – and one medlar tree – with its unusual tomato-sized, golden-green fruit.
‘We’ve now “heeled in” the trees and covered them up to keep them safe from frosts until we plant them,’ said Community Manager Kailean Khongsai. ‘We’ll be planting the trees over two days in February. All are welcome to come along and join in – but please wear warm clothing and sensible shoes!’
Other parts of Wolf Fields are also being developed. Groundwork for the sensory garden was completed in November ... Read more...
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme has been welcomed by former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams as part of a ‘tectonic shift’ in Christian culture.
Launching Eco Church at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th January, Dr Williams said environmental concerns need to ‘embed more deeply’ into the Church’s mindset. ‘But progress has been made,’ he told his audience, ‘you here tonight are a part of that.’
About 300 people packed out the cathedral crypt – which was illuminated green for the launch. Using iPads available at the reception, people saw Eco Church just after it went ‘live’ with advice on applying environmental issues across the spectrum of church life.Read more...