In April 2013, A Rocha UK and the Goring family of Wiston Estate, in Sussex, hosted a land conference attended by major landowners, estate managers, investment bankers (with a particular interest in the topic), church leaders and senior staff from NGOs.
A delegate concluded, ‘It was one of the most profound and thought-provoking events I have ever been to.’
Professor Michael Northcott (University of Edinburgh), Dr Elaine Storkey (Tearfund) and Martin Goldsmith (All Nations Christian College) were amongst the many speakers, whose topics included working out faith in the public sphere, current environmental crises, and biblical principles applying to land management.
For many, delegates and speakers alike, it was not just the formal talks that meant so much, but the networking and prayer, along with some very open and frank small group discussion that really got people thinking. One of the most memorable moments was a moving debate between a banker, a friar and a Pentecostal pastor on Revelation 21, death and the redemption and renewal of the land. Such an extraordinary mixture of people ensured that no discussion was without a range of view points: participants felt that they had been on an incredible journey of discovery.