A Rocha (uh-RAW-sha) is an international family of Christian conservation organizations at work in twenty countries around the world. Our mission is to inspire and equip Christians to know and love their local places through practical, community-focused conservation. Each project grows from local needs and is shaped to fit its particular place.
In Nashville, we work with the church community to provide education and other resources to integrate earth stewardship into lived faith. We also work collaboratively to foster understanding of and care for our place through community-based partnerships, engaging people in hands-on conservation activities they can do at home. Our local work takes three primary shapes.
Through workshops, book groups, and hands-on projects, we help Nashville residents learn ways to practice Conservation@Home. Opportunities range from planting gardens to invasive plant removal to composting to producing less waste. We also host Know Your Place events, educational outings designed to cultivate a deeper ecological perception of place and help kids and adults learn more about what lives and thrives around them, and how to best care for the world in our backyard. Learn more about what we do here and find our upcoming events here.
We believe that God calls his people to steward creation. Conservation@Church is a way for faith communities to do just that. We are working with A Rocha USA to develop resources and opportunities for churches to explore what it means to know and love their places in practical ways. From bulletin blurbs for local events to Creation Care Camp curriculum to the educational materials and event ideas in the online A Rocha Community to other local opportunities, there are several ways for Nashville churches to get involved. Find out more here.
We are shaped by the songs we sing and the stories we tell. When A Rocha’s work in Nashville began to take shape several years ago, it became clear that music would play a role. Sandra McCracken, Nashville A Rocha Arts Director, says, “Music is the soundtrack as the habits of our heart continue to open more and more toward the love and care of people and place.” Read more about how the arts play a role in the work of Nashville A Rocha here.