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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 21, 2012

Rio Reflection: Human Vocation


Gen 2:5-15

In the day that the Holy God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Holy God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground—then the Holy God formed the human one (adam) from the dust of the ground (adamah), and breathed into human nostrils the breath of ...

June 20, 2012

Rio Reflection: Gifts of Creation


Genesis 1:31a

God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Psalm 104: 1-4

Bless the Holy One, O my soul….you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers…

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that God gave us the only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order ...

June 20, 2012

Perspectives on Rio+20

News and perspectives from diverse conversation partners at the People’s Summit:

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (official web site)


Clic here to read the Rio+20 Outcome Document being discussed for adoption by heads of states.


Video of NGOS speaking at the United Nations, feeling that Rio+20 is not the future we want.


UN multi-media web site with Rio+20 photos


World Council of Churches eco-justice programs

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and concern for food security


Via Campesina (includes current photos)


Stakeholders Forum includes articles, analysis, links, and live tweets from Rio+20


Catalytic Communities

June 19, 2012

Rio Reflection: Community


Ecclesiastes 3:19

For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other.


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have good reward for their toil. For if they fail, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Acts ...

June 18, 2012

Journeying to Rio+20

Tens of thousands of people, from official state delegates to non-profit organizations and social community leaders, are gathering for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and the parallel People’s Summit. I will be part of the World Council of Churches delegation and will assume the role of observer. My hope is that my observations, the tiny snapshots I take of this major event, written here, can act as windows for Presbyterians (and others) back at home, to relate our local congregational ministries to global conversations.


This week as I blog from Rio, I invite you to keep the ...

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