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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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March 28, 2014

New Curriculum from Northwest Earth Institute

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has announced its new discussion course book, Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability, available for pre-order now.

 

Seeing Systems empowers participants to recognize and respond to the interconnected systems of the world, making effective community action both real and achievable. Designed for use in the classroom and with community groups and faith communities, Seeing Systems offers people a unique opportunity to gather with others to reflect on the state of local and global affairs; discuss how we as individuals can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world; and then advocate on the issues ...


March 26, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas resource online

A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.

 

You can go to this resource to see a world map and to sort by company, country, or issue. The site also includes reports and links to other world-wide Environmental Justice groups.


March 25, 2014

Youth activities, mission trips and more: Webster Groves Presbyterian Church cares for God's creation

Webster Groves earth care team

 

Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (MO) formed its Environmental Stewardship Committee in 2011 and developed a mission statement which outlined their intent “to be careful stewards of the environment as we honor God’s covenant with all of creation…”   The committee has worked to minimize the environmental impact of the church and recently became certified by the PCUSA as a new Earth Care Congregation.

 

Webster Groves reusable mugs

 

Among other things, the congregation eliminated the use of styrofoam disposables, established a recycling center, held youth confirmation classes outside, and included confirmands in Earth Care Activities at Mound Ridge Presbyterian camp. 

 

Webster Groves recycling station

 

It also offered Sunday education ...


March 24, 2014

Congratulations to Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (NC)!

Hillsborough Presbyterian Church in NC

Hillsborough Presbyterian Church is certified as a PCUSA Earth Care Congregation ((from left) Robin Bedingfield, Pastor Bob Brizendine, and Stewardship Moderator Diana Montgomery)

 

First-year certified Earth Care Congregation Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (NC) is a small congregation, preparing to celebrate their 200th anniversary in September of 2016. Earth Care team member Robin Bedingfield writes, “While we don’t own much property - only a 10-foot perimeter around our buildings, and we deal constantly with both the blessings and limitations of a 200-year old sanctuary and 60-year old Christian Ed building, we are committed to being good stewards of our church and home ...


March 24, 2014

Celebrating Ferncliff's Eco-Center Dedication!

Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center recently hosted the national conference of Presbyterians for Earth Care (October 2013) and for years has been making numerous environmental changes. We celebrate the recent completion and upcoming dedication of its Eco-Center. I saw it in person last October and was duly impressed. I'm very thankful for this witness at a Presbyterian camp, and for all the hard work of so many who were involved.

 

 Fencliff Eco-Center dedication invitation

 

See the press release below, and/or learn about Ferncliff at http://www.ferncliff.org/.

 

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