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Get to know A Rocha USA

A Rocha USA is a national community of Christians working in biodiversity conservation to protect and restore vulnerable habitats, species, and communities. We are part of a worldwide family of A Rocha organizations spanning more than 20 countries, with a shared 40-year history of caring for creation. In USA, we have projects in Texas and Florida, and national programs available for churches and individuals.

Blue

Blue: How can nature impact my mental health and well being?

‘Blue,’ the fifth installment of A Rocha’s ‘Elements of Hope’ video series, delves into the relationship between mental health challenges and the positive effects of nature on our wellbeing. We investigate how immersing ourselves in nature can pull us out of our internal struggles and rekindle our connection to God and His call for us to be stewards of creation. Link to a study guide is available in the Vimeo notes.

Bounce Back

Bounce Back: Is there hope in disaster?

Bounce Back, the fourth installment in A Rocha’s ‘Elements of Hope’ video series, asks us to examine where we find our hope amidst environmental disasters, such as extreme wildfires or terrible floods. The film explores the idea of ‘refugia’, defined as an area in which a population of organisms can survive through a period of unfavorable conditions, especially glaciation and fire.

Forests do not regenerate without fire, and, like our own personal walk with Christ, we too must face challenges and be pruned and refined to grow in our faith. Loving God’s creation comes with lament and heartbreak for the things that are lost. But there is hope.

Learn more about finding hope amidst disaster in the ‘Bounce Back’ film and share with your church, school, bible study or youth group. You can find the accompanying discussion guide at arocha.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Study-Guide_Bounce-Back.pdf and download the video from our Vimeo channel.

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Take Root

The next video in A Rocha’s ‘Elements of Hope’ video series, Take Root, explores the benefits of developing deep relationships and committing to a particular pl ...

Bridging Latino Families Storymap

Bridging Latino Families with Nature

A Storymap about Picnics en el Arroyo, our program for Spanish-speaking Latino families in the Austin, Texas area. Picnics offer outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities, fostering a sense of inclusion and community, while also promoting pro-nature behaviors.

Take Root

Take Root: Long-term conservation with A Rocha

The third video in A Rocha’s ‘Elements of Hope’ video series, Take Root, explores the benefits of developing deep relationships and committing to a particular place or community over time.

Take Root highlights A Rocha’s approach to conservation over the long term through two specific stories: the protection of vulnerable habitats of the Alvor Estuary in Portugal, and living by example amidst a younger population in Uganda new to ideas like as creation care.

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