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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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February 22, 2013

Earth Care church spotlight: Bayfield Presbyterian Church

Bayfield Presbyterian Church, ecumenical Blessing of the Fleet, June 2012


Bayfield Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, WI is one of the 100+ PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations. Bayfield Presbyterian is located only a few block from the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. This congregation has a long tradition of appreciating and caring for this incredible example of God’s Creation.


Bayfield Presbyterian has taken many steps to make the church more energy efficient and they are continuing to add new programs to help members learn how to be more sustainable. Pastor David Oliver-Holder stated, “ I am so amazed by how many members of our church are involved in community sustainability efforts."

February 14, 2013

I Love Mountains!

PCUSA General Assemblies have time and again urged us to seek environmental justice, particularly for those in low-income communities. One of the most critical environmental justice issues in our country right now is to stand for justice for the people and environment of Appalachia, by standing against mountaintop removal coal mining.


Today, gathering as friends of miners and mountains, an interfaith contingent of faith communities rallied in Frankfort, KY to declare (on this Valentine’s Day), “I love mountains!” I represented PCUSA and was joined by the pastor and members of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, KY (one of our PCUSA ...

February 11, 2013

Supporting One Great Hour of Sharing supports eco-justice in the church and in the world!

Beginning this year, PCUSA Environmental Ministries (now as a part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program) is supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing. All the support and connection Environmental Ministries is able to provide to you is thanks to the generous gifts of congregations that want to ensure that the national church continues to engage works of compassion and justice as disciples of Jesus Christ.


This offering, taken by congregations around Easter, goes to support vital ministries of the church that seek to address root causes of poverty, to alleviate hunger, to assist with natural disasters, to empower local ...

February 8, 2013

Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith announce partnership

Today (Feb. 8), GreenFaith and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Environmental Ministries announce a collaboration to invite Presbyterian churches into the GreenFaith Certification Program.


The program offers an opportunity to enhance and expand the earth care ministries of Presbyterian congregations and to build on the PC(USA)’s Earth Care Congregations program.


The GreenFaith Certification Program will help Presbyterian congregations meet the requirements of PC(USA) Earth Care Congregations certification while also introducing them to interfaith approaches to caring for the earth and connecting them to other houses of worship.


Churches in this program will receive numerous resources ...

February 8, 2013

Tread Lightly for Lent 2013 daily calendar available on-line

The 2013 daily calendar "Tread Lightly for Lent" is now available for download. Click here to learn more. Individuals and congregations alike are invited to use this resource as a daily reminder that drawing close to God and caring for God's earth go hand in hand. May your Lenten season be blessed!

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