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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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June 20, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Westminster Presbyterian Church Eugene, OR

Westminster Presbyterian Church gets active!

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Eugene, Oregon has taken significant strides to educate one another about the world around us. They are having a summer promotion of walking to church (instead of driving automobiles), and they have also started a nine-week program on Sundays called, “Walk to Bethlehem” with environmental education about each stop along the way.

 

They have also collected over forty books in their Creation Care Library, available for anyone to check out. A local author gave a program on environmental protection, based off his hike in Oregon. The program included an evening devotion ...


June 17, 2013

Financial Resources for Converting to Renewable Energy

Are you interested in what financial resources are available for doing energy efficiency or renewable energy at your church? There are a few options you might be interested to know.

 

Through the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP), an endowment loan is made possible by the generosity of faithful Presbyterians who give a portion of their own resources to support the growth of mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). If your church is doing other upgrades and can add energy efficiency or solar panels into the project, this kind of fund might be right for you ...


June 6, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Crosslake Presbyterian Church

Crosslake Presbyterain Church energy projects geothermal and wind power units

 

 

Crosslake Presbyterain Church energy projects geothermal and wind power units


Crosslake Presbyterian Church working hard at energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

 If you would like a pdf copy of the brochure by email, contact us at environment@pcusa.org.


June 6, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: First Presbyterian Church Franklin, TN

First Presbyterian Church: Memorial Trees

First Presbyterian Church’s  Saturday Morning Men's Bible Study group has sponsored a program of planting trees as memorials, or to honor an individual, on their church property.  They plant the trees in late fall or early winter to improve the survival rates.  First Presbyterian Church is using Tennessee native species to improve our survival rates and longevity. 

First Presbyterian Church can make available substantial reference materials to help people select species compatible with their soils, sun and moisture conditions.  Two members of their group are master gardeners.  They have also engaged the services ...


June 6, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto, CA

First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto, CA

On Earth Day, First Presbyterian Church celebrated in worship by making prayer flags for one of the low-water gardens on their church campus. The worship service was focused on their role in caring for creation and they used the following Psalm to guide them as they made the flags:

 

Praise God from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds ...

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