More Christians than ever are recognising creation care as an integral part of Christian mission. Our Wild Christian programme seeks to create confident, empowered and well-informed agents for change in churches and in the local community to promote even wider action; and to be able to make a direct impact themselves through action in their own homes and communities.
Wild Christian is for everyone – from Christians just starting to explore what being ‘green’ might mean to those who have already made big decisions to live more lightly and in tune with God’s creation. Wild Christian wishes to celebrate and link-up (often isolated) individuals of any and all denominations in order to have the biggest impact possible by working together as a community. We are keen to engage new audiences, including younger Christians, in learning about nature and the wider work of A Rocha UK – and have fun whilst doing so!
Our free monthly email includes a bible reflection, a nature-related learning blog, actions to help you enjoy, nurture and defend nature and a ‘spotlight’ article showcasing a community member. We’ve recently begun a new six-part blog series on the links between climate change and nature in the UK, of which the first installment can be viewed here. If you haven’t already done so, why not sign up to receive this email here.
At such a critical time for the environment, though, people need much more than information; they need a community to journey with. In 2021, we will be providing opportunities for members to interact with each other (virtually or face-to-face), learn skills, co-create content, share stories and ideas and ultimately journey together to live more joyfully and sustainably with the rest of God’s creation. Our Wild Christian campaign training facilitated by Hope For The Future in February 2020 was the start of this. Watch this space for similar offline and online events in the future, that aim to build skills and knowledge, build community amongst members and build partnerships with key organisations.
We’re keen to help Wild Christian community members take effective actions to achieve a bigger impact together and we are offering a significant new service to help them do just that! For those trying to do what they can for nature in their home and community, free advice is available on a number of environmental issues from our new Volunteer Advisors Network. For this service, we are grateful to a number of A Rocha UK supporters with biodiversity expertise who are willing to give their time and share their knowledge to help our supporters and partners better care for the environment. If you have questions about species or habitats please do email email@example.com. Your email will be passed onto a Volunteer Advisor who will respond to your query. FAQs and a form to submit questions will soon feature on our website.
Other future services for our Wild Christian community include developing a library of resources (including videos and tutorials) available on the Wild Christian pages on the A Rocha UK website and a possible camp out at our rural nature reserve.
Critical to our vision for Wild Christian is that participants can help shape and lead it. We are looking to expand the Wild Christian project team beyond our small A Rocha UK staff, to provide an opportunity for many more people to contribute their writing, social media, photography and organising skills for creation. If you would like to be part of the project team, soon to be meeting quarterly, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org