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.
PC(USA) celebrates 5 years of Earth Care Congregations program, 14 churches honored
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Five years after it began, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Earth Care Congregations program is celebrating 14 churches that have demonstrated a commitment to caring for God’s creation.
To be certified as an Earth Care Congregation, churches complete projects in four areas: worship, education, facilities and outreach. These activities can range from the simple — displaying an earth-themed banner during worship — to the more involved, such as establishing a wildlife habitat on church grounds. Each activity is assigned a point value; churches must earn 100 points to be certified as an Earth Care Congregation for one year. After a year, churches can complete new projects to get recertified.
The Earth Care Congregations program can serve as a form of evangelism for participating churches, many of whom display their certification on their websites or even on reusable grocery bags. Participants can also connect with other eco-focused congregations via a map on the Earth Care Congregations webpage, allowing them to find encouragement, support and new ideas.
“The PC(USA) is a connectional church, and connecting our own faith life to the rest of God’s creation is a vital way we practice discipleship,” Barnes said.
To read the whole article, go to: PCUSA News.
Maryland Presbyterian Church, situated in several acres of wooded real estate in Towson, MD, has been working on caring for God’s creation for over a decade. Among the first few churches that started as a pilot project of PCUSA Earth Care Congregations, church members at Maryland Presbyterian Church long have been conscious of the importance of conservation and initially began by incorporating “making peace with the earth” into their peacemaking efforts as a congregation.
Bill Breakey, a member of the Environmental Stewardship Action Group at MPC, explains that in 2002 the congregation did a study and visioning process over ...
Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church (Stevens Point, WI), did not just begin earth care activities five years ago. Now celebrating the “5th year certification” with the PCUSA national program, church members in this congregation have been active and creatively engaged in environmental stewardship since 2001.
Originally sought out to give feedback to, and to help pilot, the original model of PCUSA Earth Care Congregations back in 2010, Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church showed completed creation care activities across the life of the church (in worship, education, facilities and outreach). And, each year since 2010, they have proven a deeper and broader ...
The White House Council of Environmental Quality has just released a report "The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change." It reports that delaying policy actions increases mitigation costs and risks economic damage.
While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!
"In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s earth,” says Rosie Sanislo, who founded the local team.
“My concern for better green living is based on practicing my faith through caring for creation,” she says. “Scripture and our reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth — God’s good creation. Each ...