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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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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

 

Categories: Church Earth Care Stories, Earth Care Congregations, Environment

Tags: church earth care stories, earth care congregations


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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January 20, 2015

Religious Studies and Science, Technology and Society

By Sarah Jeanne Shimer

 

This winter break, much like any other break from college, I frequently encounter the questions “Where are you in school?” and “What are you studying?” Once I explain that Colby College is a small, liberal arts school in Waterville, Maine and answer questions about how much snow is on the ground, I then move on to answer what I’m studying. Religious Studies and Science, Technology, and Society with a focus in Environmental Studies. About halfway through this mouthful, I usually get a look of surprise, quickly morphing into confusion, then followed by comments such as ...

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December 18, 2014

What Leads to Change?

 

 

 

 

Like many of us whose hearts have been given over to God’s reconciling work in healing the creation, I have heard many, many presentations on climate change. For at least 15 years, I have been intentionally studying and hearing about the science of it, the moral imperative behind it, the actions we can take, and the change we want to accomplish. I do not really tire of any of it. It is always good to be in a place (especially with new language, new people, new context) to affirm the things we have heard and know.

 

Yet, my body ...

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December 15, 2014

The Hard Work of Justice: Reflections on Peru Trip

 

Sometimes it takes getting out of my usual routine and daily surroundings to re-remember why this hard, long justice work consistently calls my name.

 

The work for climate justice usually feels insurmountable. It is horrifying, intimidating, and heart-breaking. Driving past ash gray and white mountains, from acid rain, that should be brown and green, I cannot imagine how my tiny contributions can help bring back the color that belongs to that landscape. Watching beautiful toddlers giggle and dance while knowing lead poisoning limits their future capacity and growth, I cannot quite draw enough breath. I know it is not only ...

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