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.
This summer, 2014, marks the 5th year of certification for 13 of PCUSA's certified Earth Care Congregations. For five years, these churches have been growing ever deeper in their ministry and witness and for five years, the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation continues to grow nationally. At 139 congregations as of this writing, PCUSA Earth Care Congregations demonstrates the passion people have to care for God's creation as part of Christian discipleship and living out their faith in the world.
The below thirteen churches will "turn 5" this year (as PCUSA Earth Care Congregations). While this is a fun marker and celebration, we also recognize that many congregations have spent many more years working to bring earth care into worship, education, facilities, and outreach even before this certification program was created.
Churches certified in 2010 for their work in the previous year(s):
At General Assembly, at the Presbyterians for Earth Care Luncheon, we had birthday cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to Earth Care Congregations! As summer continues, we hope to roll out more Earth Care stories of these and other churches doing wonderful things this summer, so stay in touch as we anticipate good things to come!
Great gratitude to Presbyterians for Earth Care for helping to support congregations and celebrate this milestone, and for each and every church serving our Savior through this form of discipleship!