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.
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 attend a hearing about the proposed "Bluegrass Pipeline." Then, the Hardin County EarthCare Collaborative partnered with Elizabethtown Community College to host a local book author and activist to learn more about the Keystone pipeline and to think about the connections. The Earth Care Team at FPC reached out to eight surrounding counties in order to invite Kentuckians to this discussion. The Collaborative/College partnership is now enlisting local organizations to present a community-wide Earth Fair in April 2014.
Right in line with their commitment to Living Waters for the World Guatemala and their dedicated property designated as a Prairie Garden Trail, this congregation truly connects local experiences of being in God's good creation to the health and well-being of sisters and brothers overseas to the experiences of others in their county and state as it faces the possibility of a major pipeline.
May God continue to bless the ministry of this Earth Care Congregation!