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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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January 28, 2014

Geneva Presbytery's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee


In Geneva Presbytery, the JPIC  committee is concerned with social and environmental justice and has been active for many years. JPIC stands for “Justice”, “Peace”, and “The Integrity of Creation.” This committee supports church education, worship, outreach and missions in various ways.


JPIC member Brad McFall explains, "When two or three Presbyterians get together in solidarity for environmental and social justice a committee can easily be formed that effectively influences individual actions but when these committees get together with their counterparts in other faith traditions it seems like, that not only can personal goals be met, but it really seems ...

January 27, 2014

Preach-In resources available for Feb 14

Valentine’s Day Preach-In on Climate Change


Over one thousand congregations and 350,000 people of faith are expected to participate in Interfaith Power & Light’s National Preach-In on Climate Change this Valentine’s Day weekend. The theme of the 2014 Preach-In is "Doing our Part", and congregations all over the country will be doing their part by using energy more efficiently and greening their facilities to help curb climate change and protect our children's future. The Preach-In comes just as the EPA prepares to implement first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Clergy and lay people will ...

January 21, 2014

Celebrating the Presbyterian Church in Morristown’s dual certification with GreenFaith and PCUSA Earth Care Congregations!

In 2013, five of our 124 PCUSA Earth Care Congregations are dually certified for their eco-justice ministry through interfaith organization GreenFaith. One of the newly enrolled congregations is the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. This New Jersey congregation will incorporate environmentally friendly building renovations in its major capital campaign as well as to use the GreenFaith program to grow closer to God, neighbors, and the earth. Green Team member Erin Guthrie explains that one of the most exciting pieces of the program is that “we are continuing our strong relationship with the Bethel AME church down the road and both of ...

January 21, 2014

Geneva Presbyterian Church leads 12-week Adult Study on “Serve God, Save the Planet”

While completing the application for Geneva's third year as an Earth Care Congregation, Elder and Green Leader, Rosie Perthel, realized that the church had not been as active as in previous years. "We barely squeaked by with enough points to be certified." She reached out to the Geneva Session, requesting that the Christian Ed team consider facilitating an Earth Care education program. The result? Geneva is using Mathew Sleeth’s 12-week DVD program Serve God, Save the Planet for Adult Bible Study. The first session is focused on Light.  Rosie says, "the program is lovely and inspiring."

January 13, 2014

Regular E-newsletter from Environmental Ministries: Update

2014 Just Living and Eco-Notes distribution

Beginning in 2014, Presbyterian Hunger Program staff Bryce Wiebe (Enough for Everyone) and Rebecca Barnes (Environmental Ministries) will work together each month to develop newsletter content that we think interesting to those on both Just Living and Eco-Notes e-newsletter lists. We already overlap with interests in eco-palms, fair trade coffee, energy efficiency, and simple living. One month Bryce will be main editor and distribute content to the Just Living list, and the alternating month Rebecca will be main editor and distribute to the Eco-Notes list. We encourage you to sign up for the Enough ...