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Hope for the world

Ruth Valerio

Dr Ruth Valerio, Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, explains the theme of this year’s advent calendar and how it all works.


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Being Climate Helpful

Sir Ghillean Prance

Sir Ghillean Prance is a botanist explorer who has made 39 expeditions to the Amazon region. He is an ardent conservationist motivated by his Christian faith.


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Worship the Creator

Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton. He is the pioneer of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith now running across the world.


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Keeping Hope Alive

Loretta Minghella

A lawyer by training, Loretta Minghella OBE is former Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. She has been Chief Executive of Christian Aid since April 2010.


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The Mountains of La Palma

David Nussbaum is Chief Executive of WWF-UK and Chair of Transparency International UK. He has two degrees in theology and one in finance.


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Hope is Like a Bouncing Ball

Tessa Tennant was involved in launching the UK's first green investment fund in 1988. She serves on not-for-profit and company boards.


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Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam is the lead on the environment for the CofE. He chairs the Church’s Environmental Working Group.


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One Hundred Million Plankton

Andy Lester is Conservation Director of A Rocha UK. A member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, he has a Masters degree in the green economy.


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Give Nature a Home

Simon Marsh is Head of Sustainable Development for the RSPB and is an advisor to A Rocha UK. Married with two teenage children, he lives in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.


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Trust God to Change Hearts

Dr Martin Kaonga is Director of Conservation Science at A Rocha International. He is also a member of the Climate Stewards Board of Trustees.


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Fairtrade Roses and Infinite Hope

Harriet Lamb is CEO of peace-building organisation, International Alert. Former CEO of Fairtrade International, she has been involved in the Fairtrade movement for 16 years.


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Taking Steps Together from Paris

Paul Cook is Advocacy Director for Tearfund. He studied theology at Nottingham University.


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Waiting Patiently for a Climate Resilient World

Sam Bickersteth is Chief Executive of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


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The Journey from Paris to Bethlehem

Margot Hodson

Margot Hodson is a vicar in rural Buckinghamshire and tutors in environmental theology and ethics. She has written a number of books.


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Making Change Happen on the Ground

Andy Atkins was a founder of the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign and went on to lead Friends of the Earth. He becomes A Rocha UK’s new CEO in January.


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The Hope of a Newborn Baby

Miranda Harris

With her husband Peter, Miranda was involved in setting up A Rocha field study centres in Portugal and France. They continue to serve the A Rocha family.


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The Hope of a Cliff-top Walk at Sunset

Chris Bain

Chris Bain has been Director of CAFOD since 2003. He has also served in key roles at VSO and Oxfam.


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Hope for the Ignored and Forgotten

Caroline Spelman

MP Caroline Spelman was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2007-2009. She is currently a Vice President of Tearfund.


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Venus is Hell

Mark Craig

Mark Craig is Director of Communications for BMS World Mission. He is also a regular contributor to various publications.


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Living in the Rhythms of Mother Earth


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The Vision of Christ is an Invitation to Hope

Peter Owen-Jones is an English Anglican clergyman, author and television presenter. He is married to Jac and has four children.


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Climate Marching for Hope

Caroline Pomeroy

Trained as a chartered surveyor, Caroline Pomeroy runs Climate Stewards, a Christian carbon offsetting charity and part of the A Rocha network.


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A Prayer of Hope from the Upanishad

Prem Mitra

Prem Mitra is a theologian and an activist on behalf of Dalits. A Presbyter in St Mark’s Cathedral, he is chairperson of A Rocha India.


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Simplicity, Humility, Generosity

Brother Sam

Brother Sam has been a member of the Society of St Francis – an Anglican religious order inspired by the life and example of Francis of Assis.


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