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.
Presbyterians across the country are entering this Holy Week journey mindful of Christ's walk and aware of our connections with God's whole creation. In this evocative time, how do we listen to and with the earth? How do palm branches, the stones on the path, the groaning of creation participate with us in this time of passion?
As you move through Holy Week, here are a few pieces I recommend spending some time with:
Palm Sunday sermon by Earth Care Congregation pastor Jeffrey Geary (White Plains, NY): http://revgeary.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/a-cheering-chanting-dizzy-crowd/
Presbyterians for Earth Care's reflection series on Lent, particularly this 5th Sunday of Lent reflection: http://presbyearthcare.blogspot.com/2014/04/reflection-for-fifth-sunday-in-lent.html.
Link to our Environmental Ministries' Lenten calendar and join in for the last week! http://www.pcusa.org/resource/lent-2014-daily-calendar-environmental-ministries/
The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has announced its new discussion course book, Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability, available for pre-order now.
Seeing Systems empowers participants to recognize and respond to the interconnected systems of the world, making effective community action both real and achievable. Designed for use in the classroom and with community groups and faith communities, Seeing Systems offers people a unique opportunity to gather with others to reflect on the state of local and global affairs; discuss how we as individuals can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world; and then advocate on the issues ...
A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.
You can go to this resource to see a world map and to sort by company, country, or issue. The site also includes reports and links to other world-wide Environmental Justice groups.
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (MO) formed its Environmental Stewardship Committee in 2011 and developed a mission statement which outlined their intent “to be careful stewards of the environment as we honor God’s covenant with all of creation…” The committee has worked to minimize the environmental impact of the church and recently became certified by the PCUSA as a new Earth Care Congregation.
Among other things, the congregation eliminated the use of styrofoam disposables, established a recycling center, held youth confirmation classes outside, and included confirmands in Earth Care Activities at Mound Ridge Presbyterian camp.
It also offered Sunday education ...
First-year certified Earth Care Congregation Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (NC) is a small congregation, preparing to celebrate their 200th anniversary in September of 2016. Earth Care team member Robin Bedingfield writes, “While we don’t own much property - only a 10-foot perimeter around our buildings, and we deal constantly with both the blessings and limitations of a 200-year old sanctuary and 60-year old Christian Ed building, we are committed to being good stewards of our church and home ...