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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.

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February 17, 2015

Reflection-Action Trip Participants and Partners Make Statement on Climate


Statement on Climate Justice:

A Faithful Response


We, youth representatives of diverse organizations and Christian institutions from Peru and Bolivia and pastors, elders, and young adults in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), met in December 2014 in Lima, Peru for an international gathering on climate change organized by the Red Uniendo Manos Peru with the support and accompaniment of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).



Faced with this situation, we feel that it is our duty and calling to stand in solidarity and to act faithfully for climate justice. With political will and people’s actions, we can influence things for the better. We support our brothers and sisters around the world who are defending access and equitable use of water and other common goods; who face political circumstances that favor extractive activities that harm their community; and who are speaking and acting against environmental, social and economic injustice. We believe that all creation is sacred, and that the human person has inviolable dignity. The Andean concept of “buen vivir” claims a good, joyful and sustainable life for all people and all the world, and affirms our belief that God created the world and called it good and placed humans in the world to care for it (Genesis 2:15), and that Christ came so that all may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b).


Therefore, we urge:



And, we commit ourselves to:



Lima, December 2014

[1] “unprecedented peril posed by global warming and climate change…: and “With our Lord, we will stand with ‘the least of these’ (Matt. 25:40) and advocate for the poor and oppressed in present and future generations who are often the victims of environmental justice and who are least able to mitigate the impact of global warming that will fall disproportionately on them.” (The Power to Change: U.S. Energy and Global Warming, 2008, approved by the 218th General Assembly of the PC(USA), p10, p2)

[2] “We reject the claim that all nations should shoulder an equal measure of the burden associated with mitigating climate change. Industrialized nations like the United States that have produced most of the emissions over the last three centuries deserve to shoulder the majority of the burden.” (The Power to Change, p2) and “Those of us living in the United States have a unique moral responsibility to change our energy consumption practices"

[3] These and other impact of climate change are listed in Power to Change, p6 and p10-12.

[4] “The goal is not free trade, but just and sustainable trade. It is essential that reduction of global poverty be a central moral consideration in trade debates…” (Hope for a Global Future: Toward Just and Sustainable Human Development, 1996, approved by the 208th General Assembly of the PC(USA), p. 26) and “continue the monitoring of trade agreements and support for efforts that strive toward international cooperation on fair trade, respect for diversity and common concerns for a peaceful, just and sustainable world.” (Resolution on Just Globalization: Justice, Ownership, and Accountability, 2006, approved by the 217th General Assembly, p.9)

[5] To urge Congress to halt “Fast Track” legislation on TPP, to go:

[6] “This moral obligation involves our commitment to the poor and marginalized among the present generation, but it especially includes our responsibilities to future generations. Actions taken or not taken today will impact the welfare of the planet for centuries to come.” (Power to Change, p.6).

Categories: Climate Change, Environment, Joining Hands

Tags: climate justice, conflict of climate, cop 20, lima, peru, presbyterian, reflection-action trip, united nations

February 6, 2015

Tread Lightly for Lent 2015 calendar now available!

This daily calendar is a quick and easy way to stay mindful of all God's creation throughout the season of Lent. As we slow down, reflect, take on spiritual disciplines, and give up distractions during the season of Lent, what parts of God's creation call our attention, remind us of God, or invite us to become more deeply the people God has created us to be? In this calendar are reflection questions, readings, facts, stories, and suggested actions to draw you more deeply into relationship with God and all God's creation, as you make your way through ...

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January 29, 2015

New Workbook and Leader's Guide Now Available for "Inhabiting Eden"

Trisha Tull has recently published a workbook and leader's guide that work with her fabulous book "Inhabiting Eden," published in 2013. For over a year now, I have highly recommended the book for individual, small group, and congregational study. That activity will be made even easier with this new workbook and leader's guide. The spiral-bound workbook allows readers to write their own ecological story as they learn. The Leader's Guide offers help for discussing the book in Bible study groups, adult Vacation Bible School, retreat, and book clubs.

For sample chapters, to learn more, and to order ...

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January 23, 2015

Earth Care Church Stories

This page is a collection of stories that have been printed on this blog about our PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations and other earth-caring congregations. You can also find these stories through clicking various categories on the right sidebar menu (for instance if you are looking for "food" or "climate" or "education" stories about churches). However, this list seems somewhat easier to navigate if you are looking for a particular church and location, without scrolling through the 20 some pages of "church earth care stories," page by page).


2014 stories- 5th year anniversary congregations


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January 22, 2015

Save the Date: PCUSA Earth Care Congregation Summit 2015

September 15-18, 2015 at Montreat Conference Center, Presbyterians for Earth Care is offering a conference "Down-to-Earth Advocacy and Action." PHP’s Environmental Ministries is considering this conference the 2015 Summit for Earth Care Congregations, hoping earth care teams can send representation to the PEC conference in order to learn, connect, and become inspired to take the work back home into local congregations and communities.


Earth Care Congregations will benefit greatly from a wide variety of educational, skill-building, and inspirational workshops, plenary sessions, and networking opportunities throughout the PEC Conference. In addition to being active participants in the offerings of the ...

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