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  • Eco Church Conference offers snacks that hack the system
    January 29, 2018

    It’s such a wholesome programme, even the meals have meaning at this year’s first Eco Church Conference. The Real Junk Food Project Leicester is providing lunch at ‘God’s Earth: Our Mission’ on 24th February at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester.

    DESTINED FOR WASTE

    The Real Junk Food Project is a network of pay-as-you-feel cafes that diverts edible food destined for waste and uses it to create meals for anyone and everyone.

    Adding their own food for thought to the day will be our keynote speakers Rodney Green – who helped lead Leicester towards becoming an Environment City – and Rich Bee, who is Engagement Director for A Rocha UK.

    Rodney and Rich will both address the event theme – how caring for God’s earth is an intrinsic part of our mission as Christians. There will be workshops where practical ideas will be shared on how we ... Read more...


  • Get ready to return to nature
    January 29, 2018

    As part of our mission to mobilise Christians and churches to care for the natural world, we’re launching a new programme!

    That’s because fewer and fewer of us engage with nature regularly. Yet the good news is that we don’t have to go far to find life, even in the middle of our most crowded cities.

    SENSE OF WONDER

    Think about it. What would happen if Christians across the UK decided to reconnect to the natural world? What would happen if we stopped to notice the flowers, insects, birds and other creatures that surround us? And what does God think about his creation, anyway?

    Aimed at the everyday man, woman and child who wants to reconnect with nature but doesn’t always know how, the programme will help individual Christians – and their families – to regain their sense of wonder at the beauty of creation ... Read more...


  • Comment: Big vision, now let’s see bold policies
    January 29, 2018

    Finally, the Government has launched its much delayed 25-year plan, A Greener Future. A Rocha UK has called frequently for much greater Government vision to protect and restore the UK’s environment. Backed by the Prime Minister’s desire that we should be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, the 25-year plan provides an exciting vision. A Rocha UK welcomes that.

    The vision includes, among a long list of positive aims, an end to all avoidable plastic waste by 2042, creation of 500,000 hectares of new wildlife habitat, designation of new marine conservation zones by July 2019, and intentions to change farming practice and subsidies to reward good stewardship of nature.

    But the plan is hollow when it comes to concrete policies. The only firm commitment is to impose a plastic bag charge on small shops ... Read more...


  • First Eco Church Conference of 2018 is announced
    December 19, 2017

    The man who led Britain’s first Environment City is to address our first Eco Church Conference of 2018 next month (February) on his home patch.

    A former trustee of our sister charity A Rocha International, Rodney Green is one of the speakers at ‘God’s Earth, Our Mission’ on 24th February at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester (pictured).

    Rodney was Chief Executive of Leicester City Council from 1996-2008. During that time, it won nine Beacon Council awards for innovation and excellence and became Britain’s first Environment City, first European Sustainable City and first major city to win the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme accreditation.

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  • Helen can help your church to cherish nature
    December 18, 2017

    It’s the culmination of a 12-year journey for Welsh environmentalist Helen Stephens. She’s gone from being a delegate at one of our conferences in 2005 – to becoming our new Church Relations Manager.

    SWANSEA NATIVE

    Helen is a native of Swansea, near the Gower peninsula, location for our Partner In Action, St Madoc Centre. She grew up amid the wonder of nature, on one of these islands’ most stunning coastlines.

    She earned a geography degree at university. Helen then spent some time as a volunteer in Kenya for Africa Inland Mission. She went on to study agriculture and development – before working in telecoms, most recently in corporate responsibility.

    Helen recently studied sustainability and responsibility – an attempt to reconcile her love of nature, evident from a young age with her Christian faith. ‘They’d seemingly been on parallel paths,’ said Helen, ‘and I wanted to ... Read more...



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