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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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August 31, 2011

Learn about Trade Reform

Trade PosterThe Presbyterian Hunger Program has created a new webpage with resources related to trade reform.  Trade issues and eco-justice are inextricably intertwined, and this page has great resources for Presbyterians to learn what our reformed tradition has to say about just trade.  Explore this new webpage at www.pcusa.org/trade, download the posters related to just trade, and learn more about how to advocate for just trade. 

trade poster 2Presbyterian policy on just trade approved by the 215th General Assembly in 2003 calls Presbyterians to

"Support efforts to strive toward international cooperation based on fair trade, respect for diversity, and ...


August 29, 2011

"Rethinking Our Rivers" From the Eco-Stewards

There is another new blog post on the Eco-Stewards Program blog from Eco-Steward Josh Campbell.  In the post "Rethinking Our Rivers" Josh reflects on learning about how poor environmental practices affect human health during the Eco-Stewards Program in Montana, and the eco-justice issues related to this.  Read Josh's inspiring post, learn about eco-justice and how human health is affected by environmental issues in your area, and meditate on how your faith calls you to respond to these issues.

The Eco-Stewards Program for young adults, which took place in Montana in June, focused on connecting faith and environmental stewardship in ...


August 17, 2011

Study Guide Available for "Year of Plenty"

year of plentyRev. Craig Goodwin emailed me recently to let me know that a study guide is now available for his book Year of Plenty, which reflects on his family's year of sustainable Christian living.  The study guide was developed by Millwood Community Presbyterian Church's small group ministry.  

Read my earlier blog post on Year of Plenty to learn more, and download the study guide.


August 15, 2011

Atlanta Church Develops Greener Congregation

Central Presbyterian Church, located in Atlanta, GA, has set out to make a difference in the ailing environment, and they are succeeding. Last April, the church installed solar thermal collectors, which support Central’s hot water needs. This program was sought after since 2007 when the church established a “go green” drive. Since then, Central has received $14,000 from in house, $2,500 from a special offering at the church’s 150th Birthday, and $14,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta Grants to Greens program. Central has created more opportunities to lessen their carbon footprint by ...


August 10, 2011

Montreat Conference Center Celebrates Green Leaf Seal and Solar Hot Water

Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina is one of twenty Presbyterian camp and conference centers in the country to have received the 2011 Green Leaf Seal from Environmental Ministries and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.  Last week Montreat celebrated its Green Leaf Seal recognition and the completion of a solar hot water system for the center’s Assembly Inn.  Read a press release about the event on Montreat’s blog.

The solar hot water system was installed by FLS Energy, and since Montreat has entered into a Solar Energy Purchase Agreement with FLS, there was no capital ...

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