What is the mission that drives your
Since our early days A Rocha’s touchstone
verse has been Psalm 24:1 – “The Earth is
the Lord’s and everything in it.” We’ve always seen ourselves as a bridge spanning
the Christian and environmental communities. We’ve had the same message to both
audiences, but with different emphases. To
the Christians we’ve said, “The Earth is the
Lord’s.” To the environmental community,
“The Earth is the Lord’s.”
how do you view a rocha’s relationship with the canadian evangelical
The evangelical church is our tribe, if you
will. We see ourselves as an outworking of
the evangelical faith which teaches us that
God was in Christ reconciling all things to
Himself (Colossians 1: 20).
have you seen changes in the past ten years
in how the church is responding to environmental concerns?
Definitely! When we first began
about 13 years ago, I think many
churches viewed “the environment” as a fringe concern. But now
with statements like those included in the Lausanne Movement’s
Cape Town Commitments (for
“urgent and prophetic ecological
responsibility”), the Church is recognizing we can’t truly love God and our neighbour without
looking after our neighbour’s air, soil and water.
how do you disconnect from your work at the
end of the day?
Ironically, the best way to disconnect from my work in
creation care is to reconnect with creation by going for
a walk through the woods or to the beach.
Who are your heroes?
My kids. They teach me every day how to live with joy.
What book has impacted
your work the most in the
Wendell Berry’s new book This
Day: Collected & New Sabbath
Poems (Counterpoint, 2013).
Berry’s grace-filled Sabbath
poems play on themes of faith,
work, land and family. Nearly
every poem brings me to tears,
and makes me want to live and work with integrity and
What is your best leadership advice?
Be thankful. Be joyful. Be humble. And then people will
naturally follow. FT
Q&a n ChATS WITh EfC AffILIATE LEADErS
“When we first began
about 13 years ago,
I think many churches
viewed ‘the environment’
as a fringe concern.”
leah Kostamo is
cofounder and storyteller
of A rocha Canada,
an organization that
engages in scientific
inspired by God’s love.
a rocha canada