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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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April 25, 2012

A Few Haikus from Adult Education at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

In the spirit of Earth Day, I thought I'd share with you some fun haikus created by a class I taught last month in Takoma Park, MD.


God so loved the earth

and we are called to respond

care for it all, well


Gather together

the creator's creation



Greek God, in the sky,

God of the Psalms, here on earth,

Creation needs you.


Lilies of the field

may we worship God like you

free as good stewards


Earth and sea and sky

Lord, thank you for a world that

provides every need


flowers in little pots

with ...

April 23, 2012

New Book – Sacred Acts – Provides Strategies to Meet the Call for Climate Action

While climate change has become politicized in Congress, religious leaders - Presbyterians as well as Christians of many diverse backgrounds – have expressed more agreement than discord on the need to address climate change.

April 13, 2012

Creation Care Conference

The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care is gathering in Washington D.C. on April 23rd to explore, inform, and inspire people of faith to take action global climate change.

April 10, 2012

Faithful prayer with Peruvian partners

PCUSA members joined sisters and brothers in Peru on World Water Day, March 22nd, as they gathered in prayer and petition for justice, regarding the mining operations in La Oroya. Continued prayer and action is welcome and needed as we walk alongside our partners in mission, witness, and struggle for justice.


Click here to read more from Joining Hands Against Hunger.


Click here to download the new children's health and environment curriculum that focuses on La Oroya, linking kids in PCUSA congregations to kids in Cambialo and educating us all about the situations there and in our own communities ...

April 5, 2012

Maundy Thursday reflection from PEC Devotional

From the Presbyterians for Earth Care Devotional

"Feasting on God's Gifts, Fasting in Sorrow"


Maundy Thursday reflection

By Rebecca Barnes-Davies
Morning Prayer:
God of grace, as the day begins we give thanks for each new breath and for the mystery of life. As we reflect on death and life this holy week, increase in us compassion and a willingness to travel the hard pathways to life and freedom.
Exodus 12:1‐14: The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first ...