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  • 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...


  • Windows open on A Rocha’s global work
    August 31, 2017

    Did you see the news about an elephant rescued ten miles out at sea off Sri Lanka? Did you hear about an African forest threatened by a ten billion dollar bauxite deal? A Rocha workers were interviewed in both major stories.

    PROTECT EARTH

    New windows have been opened on the vast scope of the A Rocha family’s work across the globe. And all this has been hot on the heels of BBC TV’s Countryfile focusing on dragonflies at our nature reserve Foxearth Meadows.

    ‘It’s overwhelming to see the breadth of projects for the wider A Rocha family,’ said A Rocha UK Engagement Director Rich Bee. ‘From dragonflies to elephants to African forests, A Rocha is on the frontline. All over the planet, we’re working tirelessly to protect and nurture God’s earth.’

    The Guardian – among other papers – reported on the elephant rescue off Sri ... Read more...


  • Scottish centre joins A Rocha UK
    August 31, 2017

    We pulled together a team of volunteers and took them north of the border for a ‘bioblitz’ survey this summer. The aim was to find what species and habitats reside at our new Partner In Action in Scotland – the Abernethy Centre at Barcaple, Dumfriesshire.

    CATALOGUED PLANTS

    And our Conservation Director Andy Lester has written about it – with some excitement – in his latest blog. ‘Our own chair of trustees, Steve Hughes, came to oversee bird-ringing, Colin Conroy led a group that catalogued plants and Rick and Barbara Mearns went in search of moths and dragonflies,’ said Andy.

    But the survey wasn’t just about species. Jon Cox, CEO of another partner Adventure Plus, led more volunteers to review the existing outdoor activities – and how they could be integrated into caring for God’s creation.

    Abi Forsythe, our conservation intern, looked at ... Read more...


  • Eco Church event: sign up now!
    August 31, 2017

    How can you and your church bring worship truly ‘down to earth’? Join us for the first ever Eco Church Conference to find out!

    PROTECTING NATURE

    Hosted with our friends from the Church of England’s environmental campaign Shrinking The Footprint, this will be a special day for all churches to share and learn together about protecting nature and caring for God’s earth as an expression of discipleship and mission.

    Delegates will have the opportunity to put practical questions from their churches to our experts and hear the stories of other churches working towards the Eco Church Award.

    Contributors will include, among others – our CEO Andy Atkins, our Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper, our Conservation Director Andy Lester, Bishop of Kingston Rt Rev Richard Cheetham, A Rocha International Director of Theology Rev Dave Bookless, Tearfund Global Advocacy and Influencing Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Historic ... Read more...



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