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.
In Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Presbyterians are joining others to care for God's creation across the county, and around the state.
First Presbyterian Church does much in its own congregation. It hosts youth outdoors retreats and annual church pig roast, creation care worship services, has a summer church garden as well as winter raised beds, makes 20+ gallons of compost, and engages in advocacy concerns.
Meanwhile, outside the Presbyterian church property, this congregation also continues to learn and work with others in the wider community.
As a foundational member of a new county-wide "Earthcare Collaborative," FPC church members were able to attend a hearing about the proposed "Bluegrass Pipeline." Then, the Hardin County EarthCare Collaborative partnered with Elizabethtown Community College to host a local book author and activist to learn more about the Keystone pipeline and to think about the connections. The Earth Care Team at FPC reached out to eight surrounding counties in order to invite Kentuckians to this discussion. The Collaborative/College partnership is now enlisting local organizations to present a community-wide Earth Fair in April 2014.
Right in line with their commitment to Living Waters for the World Guatemala and their dedicated property designated as a Prairie Garden Trail, this congregation truly connects local experiences of being in God's good creation to the health and well-being of sisters and brothers overseas to the experiences of others in their county and state as it faces the possibility of a major pipeline.
May God continue to bless the ministry of this Earth Care Congregation!
PCUSA Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR Webinar for Congregations
Tues, Dec 17, 2pm (Eastern)
EPA's ENERGY STAR has tools, tech support and national recognition for energy efficient worship facilities, freely available to Presbyterians. Join PC(USA) Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR in taking our "good intentions" all the way to significant energy cost savings and verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This webinar primarily will be demonstrating the Portfolio Manager tool for congregations. We will also have brief sharing from two PCUSA congregations who have had good success with this tool.
How to join:
Copy/paste https://epa.connectsolutions ...
I’ve been writing all week about the more obvious aspects of my experience this week as part of the Food Stamp Challenge. Yet, this, as you know, is the Eco-Justice Journey blog. In my corner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, I work to connect, equip and inspire individual Presbyterians and congregations to ministry opportunities to care for all God’s creation (people, and the earth, and all in it).
In the Presbyterian Church, we have been passing General Assembly policies to care for God’s creation, to be mindful of our use of natural resources, and to urge the ...
A recently installed array of solar panels on the roof of Crosslake Presbyterian Church in north central Minnesota generates electricity when the sun shines. (Crosslake MN enjoys as many hours of sunlight annually as Houston, TX ! )
Click here for access to a real time report of electrical production.
This is the latest of five efforts by Crosslake Church to be good stewards of God’s creation. Collectively dubbed “The New Noah Project”, Crosslake’s five efforts are—
---Photovoltaic electricity generation,
---Geo-thermal heating and air conditioning,
---Purchase of wind generated electricity,
---A highly insulated building with efficient lighting
---Ten acres of ...
Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS is one of the 120 PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations. This month they announced the recipients of Village Church's Environmental Action Committee's 2013 Earth Steward Awards.
This afternoon I was talking with colleagues about our children, in relation to feeding them on a Food Stamp Challenge budget. Some of our parental thoughts: What if they don’t like the food? What if they don’t eat the food? What if they ask for seconds? What if they’re embarrassed by what they bring in their sack lunch? How deprived do they feel without any treats or desserts?
Then, I thought about how winter break is only four weeks away and that is a period of TWO WHOLE WEEKS where a parent would have to feed their ...
Okay, let’s be honest. Making it to half-way point, I admit some relief as I notice we still have enough basic supplies and I know basically what to make for the next few nights’ dinner. This is crazy, though, right? Because my half-way point of one tiny week of life within a restrictive food budget, is only to get a tiny glance, a shred of experience, at what it might be like to live only on SNAP/Food Stamps and all the surrounding complex issues surrounding hunger and poverty in the United States.
It is embarrassing really, to admit ...
This morning, I left my house (after breakfast) feeling my hunger not totally satiated. I mean, I woke up hungry and I was no longer straight-out hungry. But, neither was I fully satisfied. I am expecting this is a mix between just a mental state (I’m more aware of and anxious about food this week, and I’ll own that as my own personal stuff) and it’s also probably partly about my not getting my first cup of coffee in the morning (since I failed to pay for coffee out of this week’s limited budget).
As I ...
Sunday, November 17th, was the beginning of the Food Stamp Challenge. I'm joining other Presbyterians across the country in living within a food budget of about $4 per day per household member. It is a way to be mindful of what it would be like to be limited to this kind of food budget (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and to encourage reflection and action as Congress debates cutting food benefits for the poor.
Towards the end of Sunday, these are the things I'm thinking:
1) It made me self conscious to obviously be doing math before taking ...
Nov 17th, Environmental Ministries and Presbyterian Hunger Program invite you to join the Food Stamp Challenge. Click here to learn more and register: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/food-stamp-challenge/learn-more/.
I decided that, for me, this week is as much about my own thinking and empathizing and growth as it was a test to see if I could make it financially on such a limited food budget. I wanted to record my thoughts and feelings, and share them with you, as I experienced what it was like to be limited on food spending and choices this week. Here are my ...