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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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August 27, 2014

Spotlight on Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church (Louisville, KY) with children and big globe out front in street 

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY is one of the PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations which is now pursuing the dual certification with GreenFaith. Their enrollment into the GreenFaith sustainable congregation program both recertifies the congregation with PCUSA Earth Care Congregations and gives them room to grow through this interfaith program with new emphases.

 

Bardstown Road PC children in front of painted mural 

 

Earth Care team leader Bill Bowman, who has been involved in Presbyterian environmental circles for over a decade, says that GreenFaith gives the church new areas to try. Bowman explains that GreenFaith “will help us push our limits a bit. If we are going to ...


August 26, 2014

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates community-support solar system!

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia; Launches new model making solar possible for any community group in West Virginia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact:          Dan Conant, Solar Holler                                          (802) 595-0338
                        Than Hitt, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church  (304) 268-4886

Shepherdstown, WV—In a first of its kind project, residents and businesses in this West Virginia small town have come together to do what was once out of reach—making solar power accessible for any church or non-profit in one of the most coal-dependent states in America.

Tuesday morning, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church members, project organizers ...


August 26, 2014

Spotlight on Second Presbyterian Church (Little Rock, AR)

Second Presbyterian Church (Little Rock) receives faithful green friend award

Second Presbyterian Church receives Faithful Green Friend award

 

Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR has been ministering with special attention to God’s creation since the 80s. The first incarnation of their efforts was a group called SPEC (Second Presbyterian Environmental Council) and this group introduced recycling, stopped Styrofoam products at church coffee and meal times, and adopted two miles of highway to keep free from litter.

 

After a period of rest and then feeling called to start up efforts again, the Environmental Stewardship Team at Second Presbyterian was born and expanded recycling to include paper, cardboard, plastics and ...


August 25, 2014

Spotlight on Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (Swarthmore, PA)

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church Holy Order of Environmentalists (HOE group)

Earth care activities at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (SPC) took root in the passion and commitment of its members.  One of the founding members of the Earth Care team works for the EPA and used her knowledge to help frame a recommendation to Session that established environmental stewardship as a priority observed by all SPC groups.  Like other Earth Care Congregations, this church’s certification 5 years ago reflected strides made in worship, education, facilities, and outreach that reflect their care and respect for God’s creation, and they continue each year to find new ways to be more efficient and ...


August 22, 2014

Spotlight on Trinity Presbyterian Church (East Brunswick, NJ)

Trinity Presbyterian Church East Brunswick garden dedication from Alex Mendez (photo credit)

Garden dedication (photo credit: Alex Mendez, Home News Tribune)

Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, NJ has about 350 members, is located about 45 minutes from New York City, and integrates care for all God’s earth into all facets of their ministry. When the church was brainstorming about missional foci a number of years ago, including issues such as hunger and peacemaking, at first people thought environmental concerns were more peripheral to the church’s mission, reports Debbie O’Halloran, the chair of Trinity’s Earth Shepherds. “However, we then did the study,” she says, “and then realized none ...

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