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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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June 30, 2011

Tennessee Church Tackles Environmental Issues with Community

First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, TN joined forces with their community and other organizations to gather over 100,000 pounds of recyclable electronics. While raising awareness of how recycling can save the planet, the community of Jackson came together on April 30 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Read this article, written by Alice-Catherine Carls of Jackson, TN.

The City of Jackson’s spring e-cycle event collected 101,960 pounds of electronic wastes that would otherwise have ended up in local landfills. While the main event was on April 30, local businesses were collecting waste before and after that date. 207 ...

June 29, 2011

New Earth Care Hymn

Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written a beautiful new hymn titled “A Prophet Has a Lonely Task,” which references Matthew 10:40-42, and reflects on seeking peace and justice for God’s people and earth.  Download the hymn.  Permission is given for free local church use of this new hymn to congregations that support the PC(USA) Environmental Ministries Office. 

Thanks to Rev. Gillette for sharing the hymn, the lyrics to which are below.  Find more of Rev. Gillette’s earth care hymns on her website.


A Prophet Has a Lonely Task

WAREHAM LM (“The Church of Christ in Every ...

June 29, 2011

Welcome to Environmental Ministries Summer Intern

This summer the Environmental Ministries and Child Advocacy offices are excited to welcome Jocelyn Kirk as a summer intern.  Jocelyn graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville this year and will start at Alma College in the fall.  She is a former youth elder at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, and has attended five youth conferences at Montreat. 

Jocelyn will be helping Environmental Ministries in a number of ways, and we are thankful to have her serving as an intern.  One of Jocelyn’s tasks this summer is to collect stories from churches that are working on earth care for ...

June 28, 2011

Environmental Ministries, Carbon Offsets, and Big Tent

The Big Tent starts on June 30 in Indianapolis.  The gathering will be made up of Presbyterians from around the country celebrating the mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  PC(USA) Environmental Ministries will be leading a workshop on Earth Care Congregations at the gathering, and will facilitate a Peacemaking Conversation on “Making Peace with God’s Earth” as part of the Peacemaking Conference.

Environmental Ministries has partnered with NativeEnergy to offset CO2 emissions from the 2011 Big Tent.  These carbon offsets will be used to help fund the construction of community wind turbines in Randolph ...

June 27, 2011

Be Still And Know: An Eco-Steward’s Reflection

Eco-StewardsVickie Machado, a participant in the 2011 Eco-Stewards Program, has posted a reflection from the trip on the Eco-Stewards Program blog.  

Read the post to learn more about this program for young adults that connects faith and environmental stewardship.  Vickie’s reflections on “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) are well-put and thought provoking.

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