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.
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 for God's creation as part of GA! The organization we chose for this GA was MACED's Appalachian Carbon Partnership project. MACED has a long, good reputation of economic development in Appalachia.
Below is the certificate showing that together we were able to offset over 99 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the Assembly. This amount includes the personal travel and housing emissions of 190 Presbyterians plus the carbon emissions of running the exhibit hall, plenary space, and committee rooms at the convention center. While we cannot gather as Presbyterians without having some negative impact on God's creation (producing paper, using energy, consuming goods), it does make a difference to "give back" when we're able.
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 ...
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia; Launches new model making solar possible for any community group in West Virginia
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Conant, Solar Holler (802) 595-0338
Than Hitt, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church (304) 268-4886
Shepherdstown, WV—In a first of its kind project, residents and businesses in this West Virginia small town have come together to do what was once out of reach—making solar power accessible for any church or non-profit in one of the most coal-dependent states in America.
Tuesday morning, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church members, project organizers ...