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  • Comment: Harvest Festival – once a year enough?
    October 5, 2017

    Harvest Festival is an ideal opportunity to deepen our local church’s understanding of the environment – and the need to protect it.

    BASIC NEED

    Not only is food the most basic human need, but also it comes to us through the miracle of natural processes – the work of our Creator God.

    We can take for granted the availability of food on our supermarket shelves. Few of us grow our own. We don’t suffer directly when drought or floods kill the crops, as many in the global south do. With each new generation becoming increasingly cut off from food production and nature, Harvest Festival is a chance to raise awareness.

    But is it enough?

    Weather events are becoming more spectacular — from record hurricanes in the Caribbean to killer droughts in East Africa. Human action is taking a devastating toll on nature and people around the ... Read more...


  • Come along to the Eco Church Conference
    October 5, 2017

    Following a successful southern event in Central London at the weekend, we’re looking forward to the northern conference in Sheffield on 21st October.

    With delegates already registered from far and wide, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to get together and share the journey of making our churches more sustainable.

    Why not join us to hear from speakers such as Ruth Valerio – formerly of A Rocha UK, now Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund – A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins (pictured) and Harriet Carty, Director of Caring for God’s Acre?

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  • Couple cycled 1,000 miles for us!
    October 5, 2017

    They didn’t just cycle 1,000 miles for us. They also showed how anyone can do anything to help UK nature.

    FORGOTTEN SPECIES

    One of our board members Ann Stuart – along with husband Simon – recently completed their epic ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for A Rocha UK and Synchronicity Earth. They’ve raised more than £7,500 so far and the fund is still open here.

    After a couple of months’ training, the Stuarts (pictured) started their journey on 22nd July. They suffered the usual trials and tribulations for long distance cyclists – including sore muscles, severe weather over Dartmoor and non-existent cycle paths in the Somerset Levels.

    But they also had chance to encounter many of the UK’s ‘forgotten species’ – such as sundew, orange hawkweed, hedgehogs, short-eared owls, red kite, furry brown caterpillars – and a weasel crossed the ... Read more...


  • 200 hear of hope for the planet
    October 5, 2017

    Nearly 200 adults and children packed out Devon’s premier religious retreat centre Lee Abbey recently to hear from our team about A Rocha UK’s vital work.

    HIDDEN SKILLS

    Our chief Andy Atkins launched the week with a whistle-stop tour of the crisis facing the planet. It wasn’t all doom and gloom. Andy introduced the theme of hope and the opportunity to roll out practical solutions much faster – which flowed through the rest of the programme.

    People said ‘farewell’ to Hannah Hereward, our marine researcher who’s completing an MA in marine conservation. She’s been working in partnership with A Rocha UK, A Rocha International, Lee Abbey and Plymouth University – and spoke during the week to local dignitaries and charity leaders of her findings.

    We’ve followed Hannah’s research, which has looked at the impact of blue-rayed limpets on kelp. This large seaweed is an essential ... Read more...


  • Explore creation care with CRES
    October 5, 2017

    Are you passionate about God’s earth? Are you involved with Eco Church, and want more background – or are you a landowner concerned about faith and the environment?

    BIG QUESTIONS

    If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes’, then Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES) may be for you. In fact, this unique course is for enquirers with big questions about the state of the earth and issues facing the natural world.

    This two-year distance learning course is run by A Rocha UK and the John Ray Initiative and is validated by Ripon College, Cuddesdon, near Oxford, UK. Modules look at:

    – environmental theology;
    – mission;
    – farming;
    – food;
    – climate change;
    – soil;
    – water;
    – biodiversity;
    – globalisation;
    – the rural church and much more.

    ‘At present we have eleven modules, and students take two compulsories and four options,’ said ... Read more...



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