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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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October 30, 2013

Plan Now to Attend the Nov 13 Worship Webinar!

Eco-Justice Worship

A Webinar from PCUSA Environmental Ministries

Wed. Nov 13, 2013, 2-3pm EDT.

Register at:



For more information, see the flyer here.


Have you ever wondered what streams of Presbyterian or reformed heritage support a creation care ethic in worship and liturgy? Are you interested in exploring Christian ritual and liturgy that lift up our responsibility to tend the earth? Do you want to hear what others are creating and doing to bring their faith life and their commitment to the world around them together in the worship space? In this one-hour webinar ...

October 23, 2013

October 2013 Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference gathers faithful folks from across the country

"Surely God is in this place" we sang together. And, the presence of God certainly moved among and energized the hundred Presbyterians (and ecumenical friends) gathered in Little Rock, AR at Fernliff Camp and Conference Center from October 16-19, 2013. We shared stories, created relationships, learned new things, collected helpful resources, and were inspired to go back home and do the work that God calls us each to do!


Lay leaders, environmentalists, pastors, young adults, and veteran Presbyterian earth-keepers alike found these few days full of great content, helpful connections, and fun. We had chances to tour the Heifer International ...

October 23, 2013

Church Examines Waste, Raises Fund at Earth Care Breakfast

One of the best parts of my day is to hear creative stories of what churches are doing all across the country to be disciples and to care for God's good earth! Here’s a clever idea to demonstrate how much waste we can generate, or save from being generated, depending on our choices. This fun activity educated on waste reduction, created community between participants, and accomplished its purpose of raising funds for the church!


The Earth Care Committee at First Presbyterian in Urbana, IL  (a certified PCUSA Earth Care Congregation) hosted a breakfast fundraiser to purchase reusable dishes ...

October 22, 2013

First Presbyterian (Oak Ridge, TN) cares for God's creation

First Presbyterian Church (Oak Ridge, TN) cares about God's creation and acts to show it in a variety of ways. In their worship life, educational offerings, outreach activities, and in their buildings and grounds, this congregation operates with an earth care ethic as part of their Christian discipleship.



Photo from: Young family of active environmentalists are excited to see their church caring for God's creation, especially as they think about the future for their infant.


From hosting a potluck of foods made with local ingredients to inviting a nationally-recognized climate change speaker to their community, this ...

October 21, 2013

World Communion Sunday for all Creation

Rev. Neddy Astudillo invited animals to worship on World Communion Sunday at Parroquia San Jose (a Lutheran and Presbyterian Latino congregation in southern Wisconsin). Wild animals, farm animals, and pets were all blessed as part of God's creation. This World Communion Sunday worship expanded the notion of what is typically understood as World Communion to include all the earth and its creatures. Thanks be to God!



Parishioners and pets on World Communion Sunday



Time with children, World Communion Sunday



Learning about the owl on World Communion Sunday



Blessing of the Animals



World Communion worship brings chickens and children together ...