Our values and commitment

Our values and commitment

A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organization. Our name comes from the Portuguese ‘the Rock’, as the first initiative (started in 1983) was a field study centre in Portugal.

A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis. From the start, they have emphasized:

Working in 20 countries and five continents, A Rocha is identified by five core commitments and to a practical outworking of each. A Rocha Lebanon was first established in 1996 by Chris and Susan Naylor and the theologian John Stott.

Our commitments: (the five “C”s of A Rocha)


Why Christians in conservation?

The reasons for conserving nature and its biodiversity are not only utilitarian in nature: they are fundamentally ethical and moral, and point to values that transcend time and human interest. For Christians, they have their origin in biblical values that provide a solid foundation for environmental action. We highlight four:

Out of love: God created out of love, and God loves all his creation. Taking care of his work is an act of love towards God, but also towards our neighbor.

Out of obedience: God gave man a mandate to “cultivate and care for” the garden. As stewards of the land, we must preserve it and all that it contains.

Out of justice: The great injustice of our time is the environmental crisis, caused by the richest and affecting the poorest first. Taking action for the environment helps to reduce injustice and improve the future for all.

Out of hope: We can do something because God supports his creation and helps us in this task. Our actions reflect a God of hope and not fate.

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