Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes a wide array of environmental topics: upcoming environmental events, links to interesting articles and studies, information on environmental advocacy, eco-theology topics, and success stories from churches that are going “green.”
Author Rebecca Barnes is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with an MDiv and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.
On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015, members of Christ Community Church in Cortland, NY gathered outside to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit by releasing Eastern Monarch butterflies.
Rev. Dr. Janet Adair Hansen, Pastor, explains, "we've had butterflies as a theme all Easter season, and passed out information on having 'butterfly gardens' (with plants for both caterpillar stage and butterfly stage) at a Plant Sale. The National Association of Conservation Districts had picked 'Pollinators' as this year's theme for Soil & Water Stewardship week, so I'd been able to pick up free bulletin covers & inserts and look at ideas."
The congregation was very excited about this effort. Rev. Hansen hopes it becomes an annual tradition for the church.
Submitted by pastor emeritus and chair of the congregation’s Energy Stewardship Task Force, Rev. Rodger Grussing
Our modest photo- voltaic (p-v) system has been operating for a year and a half. Our “above code” building is now 12 years old. The geothermal system has been operating for nearly twelve years and the forest was purchased 14 years ago. Wind generated electricity units have been purchased for eleven years.
Recently, financial and volunteer energy concerns led session to postpone an expansion of the p-v because the congregation was in the midst constructing an addition to the building built largely with ...
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR last year helped to organize and host an "Earth Care Day Camp." The team provided for transportation, a nutritious snack and lunch every day for the campers, and introduced the 16 youth and 9 children to themes of water, trees, watershed management, food gardens, pollinators, wildlife habitat, wildlife. Tangible enhancements included increased native planting, the establishment of two pollinator gardens, increased water sources for wildlife, and a re-planting of a demonstration garden as an alternative to lawn. Only 3 of the 25 young people had had previous contact with CHPC and most brought ...
Rev. Holly Hallman, Presbyterian teaching elder in the Seattle area, last week delivered a letter from PC(USA) to the Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Lummi Nation and Northwest Native Tribes in a public ceremony with tribal leaders and about 400 people in attendance.
Last Thursday and Friday, several tribes from the Northwest held a long-planned joint press conference, ceremony and conference establishing a strong alliance against fossil fuel exports. At the Thursday night Ceremony at Golden Gardens park in Seattle ...
Healthy Cleaning Matters: Caring for Creation and Congregations
Theological Reflection and Litany
I originally wrote this theological reflection and litany for the “healthy cleaning” seminar that we, the Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative, held at Columbia Theological Seminary in March 2015. Since we invited folks from the seminary community, local communities of faith, the neighbors living around the seminary, and some of the local schools, I tried to select a piece of scripture that both spoke to the magnificence of God’s creation and would also be sensitive to the potential religious diversity of those attending the seminar.