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Jo Swinney is a writer, speaker and editor. She joined A Rocha International as Head of Communications on June 1st, 2020.

3rd August 2022 | Jo Swinney | 1 comments

A home in A Rocha

This is the first in a new series of blog posts from around the A Rocha family exploring how someone first found a home with A Rocha, their memories of hospitality here, and how this changed how they know God.  Jo Swinney is Director of Communications and has co written a book with her mother, […]

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6th July 2022 | Hilary Marlow | 1 comments

Does our pride cause the earth to fall?

What do you think are the top environmental problems? Biodiversity loss? Pollution? Land use changes? It’s likely you could write a long list, but I don’t know how many items would make it to your list before you wrote down ‘pride’, ‘injustice’ and ‘greed’ – all of which appear to feature as environmental problems in […]

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31st May 2022 | Liz Marsh | 1 comments

Is being a despairing Christian an oxymoron? Some lessons from Elijah

Is a despairing Christian an oxymoron? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot of late. It presented itself to me – not for the first time, but certainly with renewed urgency – in the wake of COP26 in November 2021. I had spent much of the year campaigning with Young Christian Climate Network around […]

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4th May 2022 | Rodel Lasco | 0 comments

Seek first the kingdom of God

  Two weeks ago, tropical storm Megi hit the Philippines, killing 42 people, and causing 17,000 people to flee. As Rodel Lasco says, ‘climate risks and climate hazards are an everyday part of daily life’.  Rodel has lived in the Philippines, south of Manila, all his life, and has spent the last 40 years as […]

4th February 2022 | Mark Nam | 5 comments

‘Stewardship’ or Yin-Yang? East-Asian Theology and a Biblical Environmental Ethic

Since becoming ordained in the Church of England, I have become acutely aware of the need to offer a theologically robust and uniquely Christian approach to tackle the climate crisis. It concerns me, therefore, how much emphasis has been placed on the concept of ’stewardship’ to construct a biblical environmental ethic. According to R.J. Berry, […]

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1st November 2021 | Jo Swinney | 1 comments

The whole Christmas story

Those of us with inquisitive children in our lives face a bombardment of tricky questions around Christmas time, from ‘Is Santa Claus real?’ to how exactly God and Mary made a baby together, and did the baby Jesus actually “no crying make” (as the carol Away in a Manger says)? Some of these questions make us pause as we navigate exactly what answer we wish to give our inquisitor.

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31st August 2021 | Dave Bookless | 2 comments

‘Code red for humanity’: Can we, and the world, still flourish?

It is sobering to read in the IPCC report that we may reach 1.5°C temperature rise in ten years and, however fast we move to Net Zero carbon emissions, some changes, including melting ice caps and rising sea levels, will continue for thousands of years. So, how do we react, as Christians who believe God cares about creation?

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