"Last summer , 32 downtown Winnipeg kids learned how to cultivate the earth. They used creation-centred biblical principles set out at a day camp run by St. Margaret's Anglican Church and A Rocha (The Rock) -- a Christian conservation and environmental group founded in Portugal three decades ago by a husband-and-wife team of Anglican priests. A Rocha Canada is based in coastal Surrey, B.C., and has a conservation site in the Pembina Valley, but its Winnipeg gardening mission, 'Just Growing' is rooted firmly on some of the needier streets of the city's downtown core. 'Our project here links people with food, community and creation', says Jennifer Kornelsen, a community organizer with A Rocha Canada and one of Just Growing's co-ordinators".
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."