Here are a few helpful new publications that may help you or someone you know respond effectively to the Biblical mandate to care for creation.
- Wild Christian. With church members worshipping at home, we’d really encourage those looking to further their Eco Church journey to become part of the Wild Christian community, an online space for nature-loving, climate-caring Christians to support and inspire each other to take effective action together. Since its launch 18 months ago, nearly 2,000 people have subscribed to the free monthly email (fortnightly during the lockdown period), which includes a biblical reflection and ideas on how to enjoy, nurture and defend nature. If you’re not one of those, browse our past emails here and let others in your church know about this great resource. We’re also inviting supporters and members of the Wild Christian community onto the production team. If you’d like to be involved in creating content and shaping the future of Wild Christian, please be in touch to find out more at: email@example.com.
- Wild Christian blogs. During this stay-at-home period, you might have some extra time on your hands. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new about nature! Why don’t you research your favourite species and let us know the most interesting thing you find out? To help you along, our team have written a blog about mammals, plants, insects and birds that you might spot locally. You can leave any surprising facts you’ve researched in the comments section.
- Climate Sunday – A Rocha UK’s CEO Andy Atkins chairs the inter-denominational churches’ Environmental Issues Network (EIN) which has developed the Climate Sunday initiative. Climate Sunday aims to facilitate thousands of churches across the UK, and across denominations and networks, to engage spiritually and practically with climate issues. It hopes to create a united Christian voice praying, acting and speaking up for faster action on climate change, for the poor and vulnerable, for future generations and for nature. This will be launched publicly in June and churches across the country will be invited to plan a local climate-focused service, anytime from 6 September this year (the first Sunday in Creationtide) right up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, now postponed to 2021. Churches will be encouraged to make long-term commitments on their own climate action (e.g., to move from Eco Church Bronze to Silver within a year), and to raise their voices for faster government action on climate change. When the new date of COP26 is confirmed, a high-profile national Climate Sunday event will be announced, bringing together all the commitments that local churches have made. The website is already up and running and you can join the mailing list for new updates and ideas on ways to get involved here.
- Enjoying Nature at home activities – Thanks to our intern Sam Dawson for sharing 9 activities that can help you to enjoy nature at home.
- Root & Branch – our twice yearly flagship magazine focuses on a topical theme (this Spring/Summer 2020 edition explores the connections between nature and climate), and includes well-researched, scientifically sound articles, interviews and personal stories, a biblical reflection and ideas for action. It also contains updates on the work of A Rocha UK, and the wider international A Rocha family. Root & Branch is free to our mission partner churches and to regular donors, supporting our work with a monthly gift of £3 or more. You can download a standing order form here if you wish to become one. You can also purchase individual editions for £4.50 each, which includes postage and packaging. Please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8574 5935 to request a copy.