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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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September 26, 2013

Saint Mark's "Alternate Transportation Sunday" (Earth Care Congregation)

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, MD is an Earth Care Congregation. Among the many wonderful things they do to care for God's creation, one of their successful activities is an Alternate Transportation Sunday. This special focus began in May 2011 and has continued ever since (and they have even developed tips for replicating the effort).

 

The Earth Care team explains that the Alternate Transportation Sunday was a big success: 

 

"Saint Markers embraced the idea of energy saving transportation in a big way.  The children and youth were particularly enthused.  People walked, rode bikes, shared rides and ...


September 24, 2013

Environmental Justice: learning from the southwest

 

I posted last week about Environmental Justice, particularly in reference to a reflection on a Louisville, KY based "environmental racism tour" connected to the Big Tent PCUSA gathering in August.

 

Issues of environmental justice are in my hometown, and in yours, and all across the globe. What do you see around you?

 

To continue the conversation and to share a success story of one community that is gaining voice and power as it works for environmental justice, I want to invite you to hear a bit about Tewa Women United, an organization of women, some of whom I had the ...


September 19, 2013

Earth Care Congregation: Church of the Pilgrims' "Food and Faith" season starting off with focus on compost, soil, and communion

During this liturgical season that the Church of the Pilgrims calls "Homecoming," the Sundays between September and the end of November, we are focusing on the theme of Food and Faith. Within the theme of Food and Faith, we are taking on this arc for a focus: humus, exile, and harvest. To fully experience this theme we are having communion each week in worship.

The inspirations for this theme of Food and Faith is Sacred Greens, Pilgrims' urban garden which produces food to supplement meals for Open Table (our Sunday lunch for hungry neighbors). The book "Food and Faith" by ...


September 19, 2013

Earth Care Congregation: Swarthmore PC Bikes to Church!

One of many initiatives begun by the Environmental Stewardship Task Force of the church began on a small scale last spring by designating a “Bike to Church Sunday.”   In addition to the environmental benefits, we felt that this might help relieve what is routinely a very congested parking situation on Sunday mornings.  The Borough of Swarthmore promotes biking and there are clearly identified street markings as well as good bike parking areas in the community.

 

In addition to announcements in the monthly newsletter and weekly emails, we tagged two of our most active, committed cycling advocates to staff a table ...


September 18, 2013

Environmental Justice: paying attention to people

Environmental Justice is a term used to indicate that certain sectors of the human population suffer from the worst affects of environmental disaster and are kept from the best of environmental benefits. Correlating with a lot of other structural issues of injustice, people of color and people in lower economic brackets are documented to be living closest to the most toxic sites and farthest from beneficial ones.

 

Think of the people who populate the major agricultural fields that get heavily sprayed with pesticides (primarily Latino or Hispanic), or historical populations that have been removed from their land (various Native American ...

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