The author, a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, reviews the Christian, scripture-based commitment to creation and hence to environmental action. He describes the history and work of the Arocha Ecumenical Christian Conservation Centre [i.e. ARocha Christian Field Study Centre and Bird Observatory] at Cruzinha in southern Portugal which was founded by Peter Harris, a Church of England priest and member of BCMS. "The centre works with local environmental groups and is now managed by a local board. It welcomes visitors, mostly student groups coming to study the birds and plants of the Alvor estuary close to the centre. In addition to the work of Christian hospitality, the staff are actively involved in research." "[T]he Anglican Consultative Council is seeking to set up an Anglican Environmental Network. This work will be co-ordinated by the Rev. Canon Eric Beresford, Consultant for Ethics for the Anglican Consultative Council. Our hope is that the network will help Anglicans to work together and, with our ecumenical partners, to reflect something of God's love for all creation, and to promote more just and sustainable environmental practices."
T.B.R. (Thomas Buchanan Reginald) Westgate (1872-1951) was born in Watford, Ontario. He was a graduate of Huron College and was ordained as a priest in 1897. He spent a year in a parish in Comber, Ont. before starting his missionary career. He served as a missionary with the South American Missionary Society in Paraguayan Chaco, 1898-1901, and with the Church Missionary Society (1902-1919) in several places in Tanzania and Uganda in Africa. After returning to Canada, Westgate served as the Field Secretary for Indian and Eskimo Residential School Commission, MSCC (Winnipeg, MB), 1919-1943.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence and manuscripts, printed material, photographs, sermons and diaries relating to his experiences with the South American Missionary Society; Africa, including being a prisoner of war in Africa during WWI; and Indian Residential Schools.
Fonds arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Westgate correspondence and papers, 1892-1950
Series 2: Westgate manuscripts, articles and clippings, 1913-1930
Series 3: Westgate photograph collection, 1895-1933
Series 4: Westgate Diaries, 1902-1949
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds
"Copyright 1993 Peter Harris. First published 1993 in Great Britain by Hodder and Stoughton. Reprinted 2000 by Regent College Publishing". -- verso of t.-p.
Bibliography: pp. 175-176
This book "tells the story of a pioneering work in the beautiful but ravaged Portuguese Algarve. Keenly aware of their Christian responsibility for the environment and towards their neighbours, Peter [a Church of England priest] and Miranda Harris learn from scratch about cross-cultural evangelism, community living and conversation. The A Rocha Christian Field Centre and Bird Observatory [in Cruzinha, Portugal] has now welcomed hundreds of visitors from all over the world". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgments -- Foreword dated July 1992 / John Stott -- [Text] -- Bibliography -- A Rocha: Christmas in Conservation: Postscript dated September 2000 / Barbara Mearns, A Rocha International Staff Member.