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.
In December 2014, the Presbyterian Hunger Program will host a reflection-action trip in Lima, Peru with our Joining Hands partner networks in Peru and Bolivia. With this trip, we hope to help U.S. Presbyterians committed to environmental, energy and climate justice to know more about, and stand in solidarity with, our partners on the ground in Peru. These partners are battling extractive mines, glacier melt, and other social-environmental areas of concern, such as lead poisoning in children.
We will look at root causes of hunger, poverty and environmental destruction, all of which are linked one to the other. We will watch as the major leaders of the world gather in Lima for the United Nations’ Conference on the Parties (COP-20). We hope to march for the climate in Lima in December as many Presbyterian marched in New York City in September. We will think and pray and make friends and raise our voices.
As we prepare for this experience, join us from your own community by engaging in any of these action steps:
Nearly 200 Presbyterians decided last June at the PCUSA General Assembly in Detroit to donate a carbon offset as part of their General Assembly experience. While we all continue to try to conserve energy, to support the development of renewable energy sources, and to care pro-actively for God's creation, purchasing a carbon offset means also putting some of our money voluntarily into projects that are making a difference in sequestering carbon (and hopefully building up the economic development of a community at the same time).
I am thankful to those who helped to make this faithful contribution to care ...
Christians and other people of faith gathered yesterday on 58th Street and 8th Ave in New York City, to raise a voice of concern for God's creation as the most vulnerable populations suffer daily from the impact of climate change. Just a few days preceding a special Climate Summit called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations, people of faith and hundreds of thousands of others showed up to demonstrate serious concern about the lack of policy and action that will really make a difference in the face of the climate crisis.
Here are some snapshots of Presbyterians ...
The Food Week of Action – Sunday Oct. 12 through Sunday Oct. 19 – includes World Food Day (October 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).
Daily actions are provided below, and see the Food Week of Action page for priority action, worship materials and more: http://pcusa.org/foodweek
Oct 12 World Communion Sunday ~ Register for the Monday, Oct. 13 webinar on the Future of Food: http://bit.ly/wfd-food
Oct 13 Support Fair Trade and defeat the undemocratic Fast Track ~ http://bit.ly ...
Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY is one of the PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations which is now pursuing the dual certification with GreenFaith. Their enrollment into the GreenFaith sustainable congregation program both recertifies the congregation with PCUSA Earth Care Congregations and gives them room to grow through this interfaith program with new emphases.
Earth Care team leader Bill Bowman, who has been involved in Presbyterian environmental circles for over a decade, says that GreenFaith gives the church new areas to try. Bowman explains that GreenFaith “will help us push our limits a bit. If we are going to ...