On 8 May 2021 teams around the world took part in the John Stott memorial birding day, a one-day event run by A Rocha to commemorate and celebrate our great friend and supporter John Stott’s legacy as a theologian, pastor and birdwatcher in his centenary year. Some took part in a bird-themed spiritual retreat, others entered a photography competition and we held a bird race.
Congratulations to the worthy winners of the photography competition. We received some wonderful entries and it wasn't an easy decision. Thank you to everyone who took and shared pictures from the bird race.
The John Stott memorial birding day is brought to you by A Rocha, a family of organizations around the world working in community-based nature conservation. Founded in 1983, we believe the care of creation belongs at the heart of our calling as followers of Christ. John Stott was a generous and encouraging friend to A Rocha from its earliest days; his influence continues to be felt in our culture, theology and values today.
To find out more about A Rocha, please visit www.arocha.org
John Stott was at the forefront of bringing creation care to the attention of the global Church. He cared deeply for the plight of the planet because he was hardwired with a love of nature in general and of birds in particular. But he was also someone who listened carefully to the Bible and he heard within it God’s great love and concern for all he had made, as well as for people.
He particularly loved Psalm 104, which he said on the tenth anniversary of A Rocha in 1993 was "perhaps the earliest essay in ecology in the literature of the world." On that occasion he preached a sermon which cited many psalms, but one reference which particularly struck us was Psalm 105: 1.
And he said
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known to the nations what he has done… sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Of course we’re used to the idea that we’re to bear witness to what God has done in Jesus for the salvation of the world. But the Scripture says we are also to bear witness to the wonderful works of our Creator. God’s mighty acts in creation and redemption are to be made known throughout the world… I hope, sisters and brothers, that we will not be afraid to bear witness to the Creator as well as to the Redeemer.
29 April is the centenary of John Stott’s birth. Although he didn’t live to celebrate his 100th birthday with us, his legacy endures. We hope you will enjoy this day of birding in his memory.Show moreShow less