Past Events

Here are some of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand’s past key events:

Beyond Blame: Christian Faith and Nature’s Future

10 Oct 2017

In 1967, historian Lynn White laid the blame for contemporary environmental ills at the doorstep of Christianity. In the fifty years since, the world’s ecological ills have magnified. Yet there are many faith adherents deeply engaged in responding to contemporary environmental issues. In addition, within the conservation sector there is growing awareness that questions of spirituality and values are essential to motivating long-term behavioural change. This seminar provided an opportunity to hear from Christian theologians/ethicists/conservationists involved in the theory and practice of ecological care and conservation.

 


Beyond Blame: Christianity and the Future of Creation

7 Oct 2017

Fifty years ago, historian Lynn White laid the blame for the ecological crisis at the feet of “the most anthropocentric religion the world has seen” – Christianity. For decades this accusation has been repeated and reiterated everywhere from universit classrooms and research labs to coffee shops and pubs. Half a century later, does this charge still stand? More importantly, how has Christian faith and practice changed in the past half century? Most important of all, what are Christians doing right now about the future of creation? At this conference we reflected on the White thesis even as we move beyond blame and explore ongoing Christian responses to the ecological crisis of our contemporary world.

Click on the image to download the conference programme.

Click here for a link to download the audio recordings of the conference plenaries and the public lecture by Jonathan Boston.


A Rocha Hui and 10th Year Celebration

6 Oct and 8 Oct 2017

A Rocha folks from around the country gathered in Wellington to celebrate 10 years of A Rocha in Aotearoa NZ. We listened to stories from each other over the last decade and also gave thanks for the many people who have been involved in A Rocha over the years.

 


E3 Wilderness Expeditions 2016

10 – 21 December 2016, Otago and Canterbury

E3 is a partnership between Scripture Union NZ, Adventure Specialities and A Rocha Aotearoa NZ. E3 Wilderness believes that wilderness experiences help us to develop our faith, character and appreciation of God’s creation around us.

The E3 Wilderness Expeditions are programs for Year 12-13 school students / school leavers that provides them with an amazing context for developing leadership skills, ecological awareness and growing in faith. For many, E3 is truly transformative.

To download a copy of the 2016 brochure, click here.

 


Peter and Miranda Harris at St Barnabas

Sunday 27 November 2016, St Barnabas Anglican Church, Fendalton

In 1983, Peter and Miranda Harris established A Rocha, a Christian field study centre in in Portugal as an expressions of care of God’s earth. Since then, A Rocha has grown into a global network of national conservation organizations in over 20 countries.

 

 

 

 


Why Theology Matters to Tree Frogs

Thursday 24 November, 5:15pm – 6:30pm, Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago

Co-founder of A Rocha, Peter Harris, delivered a public lecture at Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, Dunedin.

To download an audio or video recording of the lecture, please visit this link.


Conservation, Life and Hope

Tuesday 22 November 2016, 7pm, Wanaka Presbyterian Church

A celebration of conservation, life and hope featuring indie artists, Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard; and Peter Harris, co-founder of A Rocha.

 

 

 

 


The Church, Local Mission and Creation Care

22 November 2016, 12-3pm, Wanaka Presbyterian Church

How can the local church make care of God’s good creation an integral aspect of their communal life and worship?

A conversation with Peter and Miranda Harris and Dr Andrew Shepherd.

 

 

 


A Rocha Annual Hui 2016

Friday 11 November – Sunday 13 November 2016, The Blodge, Raglan

For whom: All currently involved in A Rocha or interested in knowing more about A Rocha.

To do what: A chance to share stories about what A Rocha is doing around Aotearoa New Zealand; to enjoy exploring Raglan/Whaingaroa; and to reflect upon the theme of ‘shalom’ (peace/wholeness) with guest speakers Rod & Bev Wilson .

 

 


Peace on Earth: Living with Other Creatures

Thursday 10 November 2016, Maclaurin Chapel, University of Auckland.

Theological and ethical reflections on nature, technology and being fully human. A talk by Dr Rod Wilson, Dr Andrew Shepherd and Dr Nicola Hoggard-Creegan.

 

 


Ecology and Hope

8 January 2016

A conference offering Theological & Ethical reflection on conservation with world renowned eco-theologian, Professor Celia Deane-Drummond. How does hope motivate, sustain and shape the nature of Christian endeavour in conservation?

Click here for news on the conference.

 

 

 


E3 Wilderness Expeditions

December 2015

E3 is a partnership between Scripture Union NZ, Adventure Specialities and A Rocha Aotearoa NZ. E3 Wilderness believes that wilderness experiences help us to develop our faith, character and appreciation of God’s creation around us.

The E3 Wilderness Expeditions are programs for Year 12-13 school students / school leavers that provides them with an amazing context for developing leadership skills, ecological awareness and growing in faith. For many, E3 is truly transformative.

See here for news about the E3 Wilderness Expeditions in 2015.


Christianity and the Ecological Crisis: Lament, Hope, Action

5-7 October 2012, St John’s in the City, Willis Street, Wellington.

National Conference 2012: Stories of community conservation and ecological restoration. Sharing our hopes and experiences of lament and love, justice and joy, from our backyards, neighbourhoods, forests, oceans, and even the kitchen sink!

 

 

 

 


A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand Inaugural Conference 2008

Saturday 31 May – Sunday 1 June 2008

A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand’s first national conference was held in Raglan during the Queen’s Birthday weekend, 2008, and aimed to “inspire and empower Christians to care for the earth.” Keynote speakers included Peter Harris (founder of A Rocha), Marie Connett-Porceddu (the current CEO), Anglican Archbishop David Moxon and Stephen Pattemore of the New Zealand Bible Society. The conference also featured practical workshops, panel discussions and educational field-trips, including tree planting, guided walks on Mt. Karioi, and visits to two of Raglan’s high profile environmental initiatives; the Xtreme Waste Recycling Center and Whaingaroa Harbour Care.


 

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