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.

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What Does It Look Like for Horseshoe Crabs to Flourish?

By Michaela Stenerson, in God and Nature.
“The Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), also known as the American horseshoe crab, is a funky-looking species that despite its name is actually more closely related to scorpions and spiders than crabs. They are sometimes called living fossils because of how little their biology has changed since before the time of the dinosaurs…”

Wind Watchers: A Reflection on Horseshoe Crabs

The Atlantic Horseshoe Crab is a unique species that calls the entire east coast of the USA home. It has been labelled as Vulnerable by the Internation Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2016. A Rocha USA is working towards the protection of these animals and is studying their unique spawning behaviors in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, one of the largest estuaries in the United States. This video is a reflection on these creatures and the beauty in how they praise God through their creatureliness. The video was directed by A Rocha USA intern Michaela Stenerson, with written and spoken poetry from Allison Cutting.


The Ocean Declares: Horseshoe Crabs, Hospitality, and Creatureliness #143

When the wind is just right, on a small beach in Titusville, Florida, horseshoe crabs crawl out of the water and onto the beach to lay their eggs. Jim and Colin joined up with two marine biologists—Bob Sluka who works with A Rocha, a Christian conservation organization and Margaret Miller, a coral biologist who works with SECORE International—and three A Rocha interns to survey the horseshoe crabs. That experience began an exploration into paying attention to many of the creatures that surround us, extending hospitality, and learning from the creatures, even from the ocean itself, about how we might better worship the creator of it all.