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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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July 25, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Towson Presbyterian Church

Towson Presbyterian Church gets locally active


Caring for Creation has a long history at Towson Presbyterian Church (TPC), and becoming certified, and now twice re-certified as an Earth Care Congregation has challenged TPC to continue to grow in this area. The last few years they have used issues surrounding “Food” as a theme, a way to focus their efforts, and with the urging and encouragement of their associate pastor have looked at this through the lens of the “8 Modes of Ministry”. They have hit some modes more that others, but it has helped keep their efforts balanced.

Welcome to the Garden gate

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July 25, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: 2nd Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN goes to Bald River Falls!

2nd Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN went to Bald River Falls in the Cherokee National Forest, near Tellico Plains. 

2nd Presbyterian Church goes on a summer outing to Bald River Falls

2nd Presbyterian Church's outing in God's creation at Bald River Falls

 


July 17, 2013

Action Alert: House Decimates Farm Bill

The House Farm Bill now does not have the conservation focus nor the SNAP benefits that are so clearly needed for environmental and economic care. Please read this Action Alert from our Office of Public Witness, and take action!

 

Last week the House of Representatives voted to enact a Farm Bill that did not include a Nutrition title.  In other words, the bill they passed does not include SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly Food Stamps), our nation’s widest-reaching, most effective anti-hunger program.  A Farm Bill with no Nutrition title divorces the obvious marriage of food production from ...

July 11, 2013

GreenFaith Energy Services Reaches a Milestone

GreenFaith has reached a milestone!

 

GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners in Action for the Earth has facilitated solar arrays on over 25 faith-based sites, and over 40 residences, totaling more than half a megawatt of solar capacity!

 

To understand the difference this is making in our world: it is like taking cars off the road for more than 16 million miles. GreenFaith is also saving the faith-based sites and homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

If you are faith-based site in one of the following areas, you can gain access to financial support for the solar projects:

 


July 8, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Jacksonville Presbyterian Church

Jacksonville Presbyterian Church is gleaning! 

 

David and Lisa Specca are members of the Earth Care Ministry Group at Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. They own a vegetable farm, and along with providing great vegetables to the community, they practice gleaning! The gleaned vegetables go to support New Jersey hunger ministries. 

If you would like to read more about Specca Farms and their initiatives to end hunger, here is the link to the Presbytery story, which also contains a link to the newspaper story: http://monmouthpresbytery.com/2013/5537

 

Thanks for the amazing work you do, Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, and a special thank ...

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