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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 31, 2012

Tread Lightly for Lent

As part of the season of Lent, Environmental Ministries is offering "Tread Lightly for Lent," a simple, daily calendar that encourages Presbyterians to reflect theologically about ecojustice and to take action on issues such as water, land, air, people, and other species. Each of the 40 days of Lent has a topic to think about, or do some movement towards, eco-justice. Resource can be used individually as well as in a congregational setting. To download this 2 page resource (if printed back to back), go to:

January 31, 2012

Rio+20 preparations

Are you interested in following developments this year as we move towards the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992)? If so, you might like to read this statement from the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International  Environment and Science. He comments here on the Zero Draft of the Outcome.  Click here to read his opening comments.


The Rio+20 conference will be held June 2012 in Rio. As things develop, I will try to post related materials here as well as notes about how the PCUSA and/or ...

January 30, 2012

Christian Simplicity study for Lent: Lent 4.5

Created by a faith-based organization in Louisville, KY "Lent 4.5" is an interesting seven-week study process that encourages us to live into Christian simplicity. Through the study, issues explored include food, consumption, water, energy, gratitude & generosity. Click here to learn more.

January 26, 2012

Compassion, Peace and Justice training and Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Our colleagues in the Presbyterian Church USA Washington Office invite us to the March 23 Compassion Peace and Justice training followed by the March 23-26 Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Come learn about how Presbyterians use their faith to lift up their voice in the public sphere! This is a great opportunity to meet one another, to share stories of your ministries, and to learn together. Hope to see you there!

January 24, 2012

Camps and Conference Centers caring for God's creation

Throughout the PCUSA, camps and conference centers join congregations and individuals in caring for God's creation. One such facility is Ferncliff (Little Rock, AR).


Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp/Conference Center is making a concerted effort to go green because they see it as an act of worship and creation care.  This past year they put in a camp garden with the help of an AmeriCorps NCCC team.  They now have 20 raised bed, composting, chickens, worm farm, solar powered irrigation for their 28 new blueberry bushes, and a goat pen made from pallets.  


Most all the garden has been made ...

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