• Coventry convenes for ‘wounded planet’
    October 6, 2015

    Coventry convenes reconciling planetDrought has played a part in launching the vast tide of refugees now spreading across Europe. The way climate change led to unrest in Syria – and the eventual exodus of many of that nation’s citizens – came under the spotlight at the Reconciling A Wounded Planet conference.

    A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester were key contributors at the recent event, which took place at Coventry Cathedral. Andy (pictured, left) was convener and speaker, Ruth was a speaker and panelist – and both had been involved in the thinking and planning behind the conference.


    More than 150 delegates turned up for the two-day event. Among them were church leaders, ecologists, political campaigners, educators and technology experts. They met just as the refugee crisis hit the news headlines.

    Their historic venue – bombed ...

  • A Rocha UK births Advent podcasts
    October 6, 2015

    sir ghillean prance for enewsChurches across Britain are to enjoy a taster of how nature and nativity mix – from a brand new podcast-driven Advent calendar from A Rocha UK.

    Through the popular online service Parish Pump, church magazine editors will be able to download written extracts from A Rocha UK’s festive audio clips.


    Each month Parish Pump offer editorial resources to thousands of churches across these islands. Part of their content in the run-up to Christmas will be the edited transcripts from A Rocha UK’s calendar.

    The extracts will point to A Rocha UK’s dedicated Advent website Hope for the World, where leading lights from the realms of conservation, development and theology share ‘thought for the day’-style seasonal reflections – and rally people to pray for the planet.

    Online audio clips can be heard from such commentators as former Conservative Party Chairman MP Caroline ... Read more...

  • World trekker guides ‘wild’ event
    September 14, 2015

    She is the only woman to have walked across the world’s last wildernesses to both poles and climbed the highest mountain on every continent. Now Jo Gambi will take others to greater heights – by leading A Rocha UK’s first ever adventure conference next spring.

    The second British woman to have conquered Everest’s North/North East Ridge, Jo (pictured below) will give a key talk at Wild Wonderful World – which is about ‘reconnecting faith, adventure and caring for God’s world’.

    A committed Christian, author and explorer, Jo will enthuse the young – and young at heart – with stories of faith, courage and a determination to make links between adventure, faith and caring for God’s world.

    Run in partnership with Oxfordshire-based outdoor pursuits centre Adventure Plus, the event will include practical options from bushcraft and bonfires, through to kayaking and wildlife trails.


  • Prayer took off at Birdfair
    September 4, 2015

    chris naylor 1Prayer ascended at the 2015 Birdfair when A Rocha UK and A Rocha International combined forces for the so-called ‘Glastonbury for birders’ at Rutland Water.

    More than 80 delegates attended their Sunday morning service, which the organisations have led for the past decade.


    ‘We’re very grateful to the Birdfair organisers for enabling the Sunday service to take place,’ said Rev John Townsend, who led the worship event. ‘The service gives visitors and exhibitors alike an opportunity for reflection and prayer in beautiful and abundant rural surroundings.’

    Theme of this year’s Birdfair was ‘Eastern Mediterranean Migratory Birds’. That gave Chris Naylor – A Rocha International CEO and acting CEO at A Rocha UK (pictured) – the opportunity to offer insights from his new book, Postcards From The Middle East.

    ‘I’ve been coming to Birdfair for years and can usually be found chatting ... Read more...

  • Norman’s wisdom reshaped a valley
    September 3, 2015

    u946199921-o1070065013-54Pioneering environmentalist Norman Crowson (pictured) is stepping back from leading Dronfield’s Lea Brook Valley Project, one of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action.

    A special farewell will be part of the scheme’s tenth anniversary celebrations Dronfield Going Wild this month. As people enjoy the activities and learn about wildlife, they’ll be expressing their gratitude to Norman, too.


    ‘I want to say a huge “thank you” to Norman for his vision, determination and passion,’ said Conservation Director Andy Lester. ‘The Lea Brook Valley project wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for his leadership and enthusiasm.’

    When Andy was first introduced to Norman by A Rocha UK Chair Steve Hughes, he was struck by the fact that ‘in Norman there was no messing around – it was all about “getting the job done”’.

    Hard work by Norman and a team of volunteers from across a ... Read more...

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