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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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July 29, 2011

Youth Find Environmental Justice Program Inspiring

This summer, Earth Covenant Ministry (ECM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, began a program called “Misión Verde: An Exploration of Faith in God’s Creation.” This program was designed for Latino youth to come together for a week and discuss the connections between caring for God’s creation, faith, and environmental justice issues facing communities of color.  Thirteen youth in all participated in the program this summer, and did a wide range of activities, from camping and boating, to gardening in a local church. ECM came together with Decatur Presbyterian Church, College Park Presbyterian Church, Calvin Camp and Conference Center ...


July 28, 2011

Earth Care Congregations Span United States

In 2010 PC(USA) Environmental Ministries created a new way for congregations to stay active in helping the environment: Earth Care Congregations (ECC). Earth Care Congregations are defined as "congregations that have committed to the "Earth Care Pledge" and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God's earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach."

            If you want to make your church an Earth Care Congregation, please contact Katie Holmes. A map of the Earth Care Congregations has been created, showing that ECC span the United States, from New York to Hawaii. Become a part of ...


July 27, 2011

Tell the House to Protect Creation and Communities

The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program sent the action alert below.

This week the House is considering a bill that would reduce funding for clean air and clean water by more than 15 percent forcing communities around the country to deal with water pollution from other states and more kids vulnerable to asthma. We are called to be good stewards of God’s good Earth and to protect vulnerable populations in particular from harm. Over the last 40 year, we have experienced an increase in air and water quality due in part to government policy that sets strong standards ...


July 26, 2011

New Eco-Stewards Blog Post

There is another new blog post on the Eco-Stewards Program blog from Eco-Steward Gerard Miller, who is interning at Greenwood Farm in Hardin, Montana this summer.  In the post Gerard reflects on "finding communion in song" during the Eco-Stewards weeklong program in Montana.  Read Gerard's blog post.


July 26, 2011

Woodside Presbyterian Church Focuses Life on Environment

Read about the green projects that Woodside Presbyterian Church has put on in the past year. This church, located in Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been working tirelessly since March 2010 to become a greener congregation. This Church Earth Care Story was submitted by Susan Sciarratta, a member of Woodland.

In March 2010, Woodside Presbyterian Church conducted an in-house baseline energy audit throughout the building and has implemented nearly all of the recommendations contained therein. Some highlights included staff education, extra recycling bins, programming the thermostats, putting a plastic strip curtain at the kitchen door, installing LED bulbs in the exit signs ...

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