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Dave has worked with A Rocha since 1997, first as an International Trustee, then from 2001 with A Rocha UK as co-founder (with his wife Anne), National Director, and then Director for Theology, Churches & Sustainable Communities. He joined the A Rocha International team in September 2011. His role as Director of Theology includes providing advice and resources for ARI’s Trustees, Team and national A Rocha organisations, and coordinating liaison with international theological and mission networks and organisations. He has recently completed a PhD at Cambridge University on biblical theology and biodiversity conservation.

28th February 2019 | Dave Bookless | 0 comments

Mangrove theology: Get stuck in and put down deep roots

When I was a young lad, Church Mission Society (CMS) had a young adults’ newsletter which I read avidly. The title of one article has stuck with me ever since: ‘Has God called you to stay where you are?’

At the time my family lived in a quiet Midlands village with a somewhat sleepy church, so the idea that mission meant travelling the world and seeing exciting, exotic places appealed greatly. By the time I reached my 30s I’d lived in over 20 different places, visited lots of countries, and God was saying something rather different to me.

Categories: Reflections
Tags: place roots
31st January 2019 | Aline Nussbaumer | 0 comments

Caretakers of the deep

How do you imagine the places we do not know much about, such as the deepest trenches of the oceans? Dark, scary, full of ugly creatures with teeth made for ripping flesh? Unknown monsters lurking in a dark soup? How do you feel about these being damaged by human activity, such as deep-sea mining, changing ocean acidity and temperature, and bottom trawling?

Categories: Reflections
15th October 2018 | Laëtitia Bapst | 0 comments

Relish, Redeem, Rest

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has been helpful in adopting wiser ways to consume. For Christians, however, living more sustainably has to be understood in terms of our relationship to the creator God as well. I want to suggest a new motto: “Relish, Redeem, Rest”.

Categories: Reflections
Tags: rest Sabbath
31st August 2018 | Caroline Pomeroy | 0 comments

‘Be fruitful and multiply!’

Our demand for natural resources depends on how much stuff we consume, multiplied by how many of us there are. Readers of this blog will be no strangers to the myriad ways in which we are damaging God’s creation. Human population is discussed much less; it’s a political “hot potato” which conservation organisations, development agencies and churches tend to steer clear of.

Categories: Reflections
15th August 2018 | Paul Kariya | 0 comments

A fisherman and A Rocha

This summer, after 10 years as an international trustee, I retired from the board of A Rocha. How is it that the son of an immigrant fisherman from Japan came to be involved with creation care?

Categories: Reflections
Tags: Canada fishing
31st July 2018 | Dave Bookless | 4 comments

Plastic theology

By ‘plastic theology’ I don’t mean theology that is cheap, disposable and tacky! I want to reflect on the spiritual power and importance of something that has only been around for a very short time yet has become all-pervasive and all of us have become dependent upon.

Categories: Reflections