Planting the Seed of Environmental Awareness
Good Seed Sunday resources provided a theological
grounding for Good Seed Sunday and included sermons,
worship resources, Bible study and small group materials,
a Sunday school teacher kit,
daily devotionals and more.
a Rocha also promoted
practical action projects,
like community gardens, as
a way to care for creation
and connect people to their
The Good Seed Sunday
idea came from a discus-
sion among a Rocha staff
about how to better engage
with churches. “We’ve felt
for a long time that we were
spinning our wheels in a
number of directions with
churches,” says Wilson.
“Instead of waiting for
churches to come to us, we
decided to be proactive.”
He says they used the a
Rocha website and social
networking to publicize the
event. Launched before
Christmas, by mid-March
70 churches from across the
country and across denomi-
national lines – including Mennonite, united, Presbyte-
rian, anglican, Christian and Missionary alliance, Baptist,
Reformed and Pentecostal – had signed up for resources.
While some churches may have missed the actual Good
Seed Sunday, Wilson says churches can still connect with
a Rocha to hold an event.
Shortly after celebrating the Good news of Jesus’ resurrection, churches across the country celebrated Good Seed Sunday. an initiative
of the Surrey, B.C.-based a Rocha, Good
Seed Sunday ( goodseedsunday.com) was
created to send a simple message: If you’re
a follower of Jesus, part of that means caring for His creation.
Interest in the environment is “bubbling
with Christians,” suggests Luke Wilson, a
Rocha community relations co-ordinator.
especially in churches which have traditionally held to a split between the sacred and
the secular, Good Seed Sunday shows how
Christians have a role to play with creation.
“not in the same way as the environmental-
ists, but a way directly linked to faith and a
sense of worship.”
Citing verses from Genesis and Psalms
– and not wanting to create a proof-text
argument – Wilson says there is much
in Scripture which points to humanity’s
responsibility for creation.
PHOTO: BROOKe MCaLLISTeR
“It’s part of our mandate as Christians.”
Showcasing a food share from A
rocha's Community Shared
Held april 22, Good Seed Sunday was
part of a Rocha’s three-pronged approach
to environmental stewardship: conservation science,
education and sustainable living. This approach led to
the growth of two study centres, numerous adults and
children educated, the growth of a number of conservation projects across Canada, and dozens of community
Agriculture project in Surrey, B.C.
“We’re hoping to do this every year,” he says. a Rocha
has another event slated to take place around Thanksgiving Sunday. Ft –Robert White
is located in the capital city of Ghana’s
eastern regions, Koforidua.
adriana Ion, 27, earned a Bachelor of
arts degree in biblical studies with a minor
in business administration at the school.
now she’s pursuing a Masters of Theology
degree there. “My life has been drastically
transformed,” Ion says, “to the extent that
when I first returned home, my parents
were amazed to see the change in my life.
as a result they allowed me to bring my
younger brother to the university. He’s
in his second year studying computer
With 1,000 acres of land, Donkor says,
“It will take years and years and years
to populate that site with buildings.” an
engineering complex and two student
residences (one for men and one for
women) are under construction, and due
to be completed within a year.
Such rapid growth has come with its
share of challenges. Donkor says find-
ing qualified faculty has been one of the
biggest. “When you launch a new program
that is not common in Ghana, you have to
get faculty from outside. [We’ve recruited
staff] from Canada, India, anywhere we
can find people who are willing to help.”
Simply finding places to put everybody
has been another challenge. not yet a
residential school, students have had to
find accommodation in town. “The [town]
council has said to me, ‘you are driving up
rental prices in town!’” says Donkor, who
flies to Ghana once a month for 10 days at
a time to provide on-the-ground oversight.
He says they’re seeking “individuals with
expertise” who are willing to go to Ghana
for short or longer terms to teach or pro-
vide administrative help. Ft