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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 22, 2014

Creation Care at Local Churches in All Denominations

While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!

 

"Stewards of the Earth" by Karen Nazor Hill in Timesfreepress.com

 

Excerpt:

 

"In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s earth,” says Rosie Sanislo, who founded the local team.

 

“My concern for better green living is based on practicing my faith through caring for creation,” she says. “Scripture and our reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth — God’s good creation. Each ...


July 9, 2014

Ohio "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" Issue Press Release

The below press release has been released by the faith communities involved in Ohio's "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" (FaCT):

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ron Prosek

PHONE NUMBER: 440-974-2035

EMAIL: rprosek.fact@gmail.com

 

July 8, 2014

 

Ohio Faith Communities urge Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to restore Ohio’s Energy Standards that were frozen recently by SB 310

 

AKRON, OH.  FaCT [Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness] unanimously adopts letter in opposition to recently-enacted SB 310.

 

At its recent June meeting at First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron, FaCT – Fa ...


July 8, 2014

Trinity Presbyterian in Santa Cruz Installs Solar

 Trinity PC Santa Cruz rooftop solar panels

Members at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, CA, decided to take the leap of faith and apply for a loan to install solar panels on their church building. In an article about stewardship for the church newsletter, church member Russ Hobbs wrote about "solar coming to Trinity" as a brainstorm that began with replacing styrofoam cups with washable ones. As church members brainstormed the many ways they could care better for God's creation, after talking about water conservation and replacing styrofoam, they came upon the idea of solar panels and decided to explore it.

 

Hobbs wrote this about ...


July 7, 2014

Reflection from Eco-Stewards in Gainesville, FL

eco-stewards logo

On Sunday May 18, I had the privilege of gathering with this year's young adult Eco-Stewards in Gainesville, FL to explore issues of food, land, water, and faith journeys in the Gainesville area. We had a marvelous time learning about one another and about the local ecosystem as well as discussing how faith connects to the environment.

 

ecostewards hike

 

Eco-Steward Colleen Earp recently published a great reflection on the experience on the Eco-Stewards' blog, and I want to invite you to continue reading it on their blog, and to learn more about this fabulous community:

 

To begin, Colleen writes, "We toured ...