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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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September 22, 2014

Presbyterians March for Climate Justice

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 at the People's Climate March, Sept 21, 2014, New York City:

 

Presbys at Climate March

June and Mark Eakin, Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church from National Capital Presbytery

 

Presby flag during the march

Presbyterians flag marker, during Climate March

 

Presbyterians from Hudson River presbytery

Hudson River presbytery and White Plains Presbyterian Church at the Climate March

 

Megan Gregory with a fabulous hand-made sign

Committed Presbyterians raising their voices!

 

Hitchcock Presbyterian Church sign

Presbyterians from many places participated in this march!

 

PCUSA staff

PCUSA staff Ryan Smith, Bill Somplatsky-Jarman, Rebecca Barnes

 

Biblical scholar and theologian Trisha Tull reflects on the March in her blog, Inhabiting Eden.  More reflections to come, including what atleast one Presbyterian church did in their own corner of the world, to make music for God's creation yesterday!

 

 

Categories: Climate Change, Eco-Justice, Environment

Tags: christians, cimate march, climate action, climate justice, climate summit, people of faith, people's climate march, presbyterians


September 3, 2014

Food Week of Action and World Food Day!

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 ...

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August 27, 2014

Spotlight on Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church

 

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 ...

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August 26, 2014

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates community-support solar system!

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 ...

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August 26, 2014

Spotlight on Second Presbyterian Church (Little Rock, AR)

Second Presbyterian Church receives Faithful Green Friend award

 

Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR has been ministering with special attention to God’s creation since the 80s. The first incarnation of their efforts was a group called SPEC (Second Presbyterian Environmental Council) and this group introduced recycling, stopped Styrofoam products at church coffee and meal times, and adopted two miles of highway to keep free from litter.

 

After a period of rest and then feeling called to start up efforts again, the Environmental Stewardship Team at Second Presbyterian was born and expanded recycling to include paper, cardboard, plastics and ...

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