• 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...

  • Easter eggs under threat
    April 1, 2015

    easter eggs under threatEaster eggs are under threat. We need to protect them now – along with the people who make them. That’s the season’s message from A Rocha UK and its friends in the Climate Coalition.

    In a timely blog that features an entertaining video (pictured), they have issued the warning that climate change is reducing the areas suitable for growing cocoa – the basis for chocolate.

    But chocolate lovers can protect their treat by joining the Climate Coalition and demanding that world leaders respond to the challenge. Concerned consumers are being called to a day of action on 17th June – when A Rocha UK will also help run two ecumenical services as part of the programme.

    People across the planet eat a staggering seven million tonnes of chocolate every year. But the pressure is on the land – and the ... Read more...

  • Zero carbon hub hosts Canterbury talks
    March 4, 2015

    march enews canterbury 4England’s oldest diocese used one of Europe’s newest venues to explore the ‘greening’ of Canterbury churches with A Rocha UK and Tearfund.

    Nearly 40 people from the Diocese of Canterbury met at Pines Calyx, Dover, Europe’s first ‘carbon negative’ and ‘energy positive’ conference facility. Made from reclaimed materials and generating its own heat, the venue launched a new quest for local Anglicans. Even a temporary power cut failed to disappoint delegates, who responded in good humour.

    A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio helped them to start putting together an environmental policy for the whole diocese, which stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. It includes 334 churches in 247 parishes, along with 103 church schools and a university with a Church of England foundation.

    The Environment Forum focused on all aspects ...

  • New holiday offers ‘seal’ of approval
    March 4, 2015

    sealSwimming with seals is just one of the unusual activities being offered on a unique new holiday pioneered by A Rocha UK this spring. Spotting dolphins, porpoises – and maybe even whales – could also be enjoyed at this highly anticipated event on Lundy Island.

    ‘We shall venture into the waters of the Bristol Channel,’ said event administrator Jo Clayphan, ‘and we’ll also explore the surrounding sights by a private jetty tour. But people need to book soon, as places are limited.’

    Linking Christian faith with conservation and enjoyment of creation is the main aim of the week-long adventure. A Rocha UK are spearheading this special event in May with the St Helen’s Centre.

    A Rocha UK is a partner with the St Helen’s Centre project, which will eventually see the island’s Anglican church renovated to integrate ecological education, research and worship. The ... Read more...

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