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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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May 31, 2013

Heat Awareness

 As summer draws near, it is time to prepare for heat awareness. A week ago (May 24, 2013) was NWS NOAA Heat Awareness Day. It is important during these extremely hot days that you take care of your body. Also, know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stress. Please remember to stay cool, drink plenty of water, and keep up-to-date about heat advisories in your area. Being knowledgeable and aware of extreme heat is very important.  Please keep informed and inform others!  


To become more prepared visit the CDC’s website for Emergency Preparedness and Response: ...

May 31, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church: Kensington, MD

On February 27, 2013, Warner Memorial held the first of three Wednesday evening Green Film Fest showings. 

When no one has signed up to dedicate chancel flowers, Warner Memorial displays green plants instead, and includes "The plants in the chancel today are offered to the glory of God in celebration of our home, Earth." 

May 31, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville, IL

First Presbyterian Church of Edwardsville, IL: Going Green!

The church has been a supporter of the environment, and has a long program of recycling. All the paper used in their office has a large recycled component. Even though the cost is a little higher, it is important to them to continue with this initiative  Recycled content is important. They also have a bin to recycle paper in their parking lot. Over time, they have recycled batteries, eye glasses, CDs, paper and aluminum cans.

May 31, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Baltimore Presbytery

There are wonderful things happening in Baltimore Presbytery!


At Maryland Presbyterian Church, the host for our meeting with these great compostable options, they have a native plants garden, worm composting, a demonstration garden for children, and are advocating in their state legislature for wind energy.


At Towson Presbyterian Church, there is ongoing tree planting on hundreds of acres and the church decided to keep its property always sustainable by making a conservation easement. They clean streams, do vegetable gardening, and have reached the top energy efficiency steps possible.


At Woods Presbyterian Church, they have worked on property concerns (which also ...

May 31, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Riviera Presbyterian Church

Riviera Presbyterian Church: Sustainable Landscape Replacement with No Budget

Riviera Presbyterian Church is located near Everglades and Biscayne Bay National Parks in sub-tropical south Florida, a globally unique ecosystem and home to a wealth of rare indigenous species.  With 95% of the area's original habitat (outside the Parks) lost to development, and the overwhelming prevalence of exotic species in home landscapes, many of these natives (plants, insects, wildlife) are in danger of local extinction.  Looking at its own property, RPC wished to replace its water- and maintenance-intensive exotics with well-adapted native material and be more welcoming to butterflies and ...

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