• Uprising on Dorset Downs
    April 29, 2016

    hilfield brothersSleepy Dorset will wake to the sound of spiritual revolution when green activists descend on A Rocha UK partner Hilfield Friary for a weekend retreat this month.

    From 20th-22nd May, they’ll learn how to transform people and planet from A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester, former Kew Gardens chief Sir Ghillian Prance and Brother Sam of the Society of St Francis. The three men will address the theme ‘Re-visioning the world – a radical look at what is shaping life today, and an opportunity to change the way we see the planet’.


    The event is part of the programme, ‘Care for our Common Home’. That was the subtitle of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter which offered a vision for creation care, justice and a spirituality of gratitude and humility.

    ‘The retreat will be a chance to kick off ... Read more...

  • Get flushed with a free hippo
    April 29, 2016

    flushed with hippoChurches who care for creation could be flushed with success at this month’s Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE). A free Toilet Hippo will be given to the first 25 who register each day with A Rocha UK’s Eco Church scheme.


    Eco Church is a free online survey with supporting resources designed to equip churches to care for God’s world in their worship and teaching; buildings and land management; community and global action, and in church members’ personal lifestyles. The Toilet Hippo is a simple, proven and low-cost water-saving device to help conserve water in toilet cisterns.

    A Rocha UK has been working with the ‘ideal church show’ – as CRE is affectionately called – to create the event’s first ever Eco Street zone. Leading organisations from Christian Aid and Tearfund to Ecotricity will share environmental products and ... Read more...

  • Suffolk church snatches the silver
    April 29, 2016

    suffolk churchAn award-winning Suffolk congregation has added Eco Church to its growing list of accolades. Emmanuel Church, Bungay, has snatched the first ever Silver Award in A Rocha UK’s scheme.

    The honour has been bestowed following more than £140,000 worth of work on the church’s community buildings. It comes as the national Eco Church scheme celebrates more than 200 registrations.


    Among Emmanuel’s other accolades are the Suffolk Greenest County Award and East of England Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards. Emmanuel is a local ecumenical partnership between the Methodists and United Reformed Church. Its environmental action began after a local climate change conference in 2007.

    Back then, the church helped form a community movement called Sustainable Bungay, which became a member of the Global Transition Network. Emmanuel followed that by starting its own ‘Going Green’ project to carry out major ... Read more...

  • Welsh activists vs drastic plastic
    April 29, 2016

    drastic plastic 1Welsh surfer and ocean activist Laura Truelove recently helped lead a beach clean with nearly 70 children and teachers from a Swansea school – and staff from A Rocha UK’s partner St Madoc Centre, Llanmadoc.

    Kathryn Britton of Keep Wales Tidy also assisted with the two-hour clean-up. This marine task force gathered more than 30 bags of rubbish from one of these islands’ most spectacular shorelines.

    ‘Among the rubbish, there were all sorts from glass and plastic bottles to lighters, fisherman’s rope, cotton bud sticks, and even the odd shoe,’ said Laura (pictured), a representative for Surfers Against Sewage.


  • It’s green up north
    April 1, 2016

    york minster 2One of the world’s greatest cathedrals has proven it’s green – not grim – up north. Located on one of the most significant Christian sites in Europe, York Minster has scooped a new environmental award.

    Constantine was proclaimed Emperor while visiting the city in the fourth century. And now in the 21st century, A Rocha UK Chair Steve Hughes has proclaimed York Minster an Eco Church Bronze Award winner!

    Steve presented the honour to York Minster at their main service on Easter Sunday – hot on the heels of St Paul’s Cathedral receiving their Eco Church Bronze award in January. Nearly 2,000 worshippers heard about the scheme and how York Minster took part.


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