• Wolf Fields springs back after break-in
    May 4, 2015

    wolf fields springs backChildren and churches have helped Wolf Fields spring back into life after the community garden was attacked by raiders.

    A Rocha UK suffered more than £1,000 worth of loss and damage after thieves broke into the site in Norwood Green, just before the Easter holiday season. But A Rocha UK has since held children’s activities and a sunrise service there.


    Nearly 50 people from five local churches attended the Easter service – despite a 5am start in the dark and the rain. Three A Rocha UK volunteers helped manage the event, which was led by Rev Jeff Pyne from St Mary’s Church. Worship was led by Rev Dawn Jewson from St George’s Church.

    ‘Some people said the brief rainfall was a shower of blessing,’ said Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai. ‘The service went really well. There were five local ministers ... Read more...

  • A Rocha UK boosts faith in climate lobby
    May 4, 2015

    climate lobby 3Faith will be part of the fight against climate change at a major London lobby this month – thanks to A Rocha UK and its partners.

    At The Climate Coalition’s ‘Speak Up’ event on 17th June, A Rocha UK is playing a key role in ecumenical services at St Margaret’s Church, Parliament Square, and Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street. And supporters are being urged to join what could be the single biggest climate lobby in history.

    Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester will be part of the team leading worship and prayer – as thousands gather in central London for the mass lobby (pictured is a scene from the previous march). Main speaker at the services will be Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nick Holtam, with contributions from Ruth Valerio, Irish singer-songwriter Andy Flannagan, and staff ... Read more...

  • Call to Wolf Fields raiders
    April 1, 2015

    raiders invited to restore wolf fieldsRaiders who snatched equipment from A Rocha UK have been invited to help them change a former wasteland into a community garden.

    Workers were shocked to find wrenched padlocks and valuable items missing from their Wolf Fields project on St Patrick’s Day (17th March). But instead of condemning those who took more than £1,000 worth of equipment, they’re encouraging the thieves to come forward and help transform the three-acre site in Norwood Green, Southall.

    The theft was discovered by Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai (pictured), when he turned up to start his shift there on the Tuesday morning. ‘I went to check the site – and found all the padlocks broken,’ he said. ‘There must have been at least two or three people involved, because some of the items are big and heavy. The intruders also trampled on the ... Read more...

  • Focus on faith, food and justice
    April 1, 2015

    oxford focus on faith, food and justiceBritain’s leading ordination training centre is to host key talks on the environment this month (April) – led by A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and her husband Greg (pictured together).

    Ripon College near Oxford is the venue for ‘Contemplative Activists: living in God’s heart for justice today’. The one-day conference is part of the Certificate in Rural and Environmental Studies which is accredited by the college – but anyone with an interest in the subject is welcome to attend.


    Ruth will speak on ‘Food and faith – eating well in a hungry world’. Greg will talk about ‘Putting down roots – earthing ourselves in the spiritual life’ and ‘Making trouble – fighting for justice in the jewellery industry’. Although relevant to those on the CRES course, the talks will also help ... Read more...

  • Celtic isle appeals for chaplains
    April 1, 2015

    celtic island calls for chaplainsVolunteer chaplains are needed at a Welsh heartland of contemplation and conservation frequented by A Rocha UK staff and friends.

    The call has come from the people who run Bardsey Island, a centre for spirituality and species. Thousands of saints are said to be buried there – and birds, seals and dolphins are regular visitors to this ‘island of the tides’.


    Located off the North Wales coast, Bardsey is a national nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. The spirituality committee of the Island Trust needs volunteers to offer pastoral support from May to October. They are looking for ministers or lay preachers to stay for a week at a reduced rental.

    URC lay preacher Jill Nugent visited for the first time last year. ‘I really enjoyed it because it was a different church experience and offered me ... Read more...

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