Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will include 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-Davies is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She recently graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a M.Div. and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.
Have you been hearing about the new collaboration between PCUSA Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith but not yet learned as much as you would like?
The informative, inspiring, and encouraging webinar about the GreenFaith certification program-- which gives PCUSA congregations the opportunity to become PCUSA Earth Care certified as well as receiving this interfaith certification-- is now available. It is an important first step to learn more about GreenFaith.
If you are in or connected to a PCUSA congregation and want to learn more, please begin by watching this hour long webinar. You may watch with your earth care team if ...
The pastor and members of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown, KY were among the more than one thousand people who rallied at the state's capital to declare love for the mountains and people of Appalachia. In a time where mountaintop removal coal mining is decimating communities, impacting the quality of soil, air, and water as well as human health, Presbyterians and other faith communities join in the cry for better care-taking of the people and the land of this region. This congregation is answering the scriptural call to care for God's world, a calling affirmed by PCUSA policies ...
"Sunday Morning Sustainability: Eco-Justice Impacts and Opportunities" (the Earth Day Sunday 2013 resource) is now available! Celebrate an earth care Sunday in worship and education through this ecumenically developed resource.
For this resource and earlier themes for Earth Day Sunday, go to the Environmental Ministries web site.
Bayfield Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, WI is one of the 100+ PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations. Bayfield Presbyterian is located only a few block from the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. This congregation has a long tradition of appreciating and caring for this incredible example of God’s Creation.
Bayfield Presbyterian has taken many steps to make the church more energy efficient and they are continuing to add new programs to help members learn how to be more sustainable. Pastor David Oliver-Holder stated, “ I am so amazed by how many members of our church are involved in community sustainability efforts."
PCUSA General Assemblies have time and again urged us to seek environmental justice, particularly for those in low-income communities. One of the most critical environmental justice issues in our country right now is to stand for justice for the people and environment of Appalachia, by standing against mountaintop removal coal mining.
Today, gathering as friends of miners and mountains, an interfaith contingent of faith communities rallied in Frankfort, KY to declare (on this Valentine’s Day), “I love mountains!” I represented PCUSA and was joined by the pastor and members of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, KY (one of our PCUSA ...
Beginning this year, PCUSA Environmental Ministries (now as a part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program) is supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing. All the support and connection Environmental Ministries is able to provide to you is thanks to the generous gifts of congregations that want to ensure that the national church continues to engage works of compassion and justice as disciples of Jesus Christ.
This offering, taken by congregations around Easter, goes to support vital ministries of the church that seek to address root causes of poverty, to alleviate hunger, to assist with natural disasters, to empower local ...
The program offers an opportunity to enhance and expand the earth care ministries of Presbyterian congregations and to build on the PC(USA)’s Earth Care Congregations program.
The GreenFaith Certification Program will help Presbyterian congregations meet the requirements of PC(USA) Earth Care Congregations certification while also introducing them to interfaith approaches to caring for the earth and connecting them to other houses of worship.
Churches in this program will receive numerous resources ...
The 2013 daily calendar "Tread Lightly for Lent" is now available for download. Click here to learn more. Individuals and congregations alike are invited to use this resource as a daily reminder that drawing close to God and caring for God's earth go hand in hand. May your Lenten season be blessed!
Presbyterian congregations as well as many others are participating this weekend in a national "preach-in" on global warming. In addition to raising the issue of climate change in worship and preaching, churches may send postcards or petitions to President Obama to "love" God's earth (this close to Valentine's Day). My home church is participating in this preach-in and our Earth Care Team is looking forward to good biblical exegesis, wonderful Reformed worship, and fellowship over a soup and bread lunch as we hear more about climate change after worship.
To learn more, go to: http://www.preachin.org/