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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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November 25, 2013

Elizabethtown, KY First Presbyterian learns about Bluegrass Pipeline, Collaborates County-Wide, and offers Trail to enjoy God's earth

In Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Presbyterians are joining others to care for God's creation across the county, and around the state.

 

First Presbyterian Church does much in its own congregation. It hosts youth outdoors retreats and annual church pig roast, creation care worship services, has a summer church garden as well as winter raised beds, makes 20+ gallons of compost, and engages in advocacy concerns.


Meanwhile, outside the Presbyterian church property, this congregation also continues to learn and work with others in the wider community. 

 

As a foundational member of a new county-wide "Earthcare Collaborative," FPC church members were able to ...


November 25, 2013

Save the Date: Dec 17 at 2pm Eastern, an ENERGY STAR webinar for PCUSA congregations

PCUSA Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR Webinar for Congregations

 

Tues, Dec 17, 2pm (Eastern)

 Summary:

EPA's ENERGY STAR has tools, tech support and national recognition for energy efficient worship facilities, freely available to Presbyterians. Join PC(USA)  Environmental Ministries and ENERGY STAR in taking our "good intentions" all the way to significant energy cost savings and verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This webinar primarily will be demonstrating the Portfolio Manager tool for congregations. We will also have brief sharing from two PCUSA congregations who have had good success with this tool. 

 

How to join:

Copy/paste https://epa.connectsolutions ...


November 22, 2013

Food Stamps and the Environment?

I’ve been writing all week about the more obvious aspects of my experience this week as part of the Food Stamp Challenge. Yet, this, as you know, is the Eco-Justice Journey blog. In my corner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, I work to connect, equip and inspire individual Presbyterians and congregations to ministry opportunities to care for all God’s creation (people, and the earth, and all in it).

 

In the Presbyterian Church, we have been passing General Assembly policies to care for God’s creation, to be mindful of our use of natural resources, and to urge the ...


November 21, 2013

Crosslake Presbyterian Does Renewable Power and Energy Efficiency

A recently installed array of solar panels on the roof of Crosslake Presbyterian Church in north central Minnesota generates electricity when the sun shines. (Crosslake MN enjoys as many hours of sunlight annually as Houston, TX ! )

 

Click here for access to a real time report of electrical production.

 

This is the latest of five efforts by Crosslake Church to be good stewards of God’s creation.  Collectively dubbed “The New Noah Project”, Crosslake’s five efforts are—

---Photovoltaic electricity generation,

---Geo-thermal heating and air conditioning,

---Purchase of wind generated electricity,

---A highly insulated building with efficient lighting

---Ten acres of ...


November 21, 2013

Village Presbyterian announces Earth Steward Awards recipients

Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS is one of the 120 PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations. This month they announced the recipients of Village Church's Environmental Action Committee's 2013 Earth Steward Awards.

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