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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 21, 2014

Learning about Faith and Caring for God's World from Jewish and Buddhist Colleagues

I was grateful for the opportunity to learn from Buddhist and Jewish colleagues about their faith stories and traditions that undergird their care of the earth at the early March Louisville-area "Ground for Hope" event co-sponsored by GreenFaith.

 

I was appreciative of the Buddhist silent meditation we did and the encouragement to be mindful. It is so easy to be overcome by unimportant things, to have our senses bombarded with stimuli, that we forget our interrelatedness. In any setting, we can be aware of the connection to one another and to all the world. I enjoyed the idea that the ...

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March 13, 2014

Curriculum for Adults and for Youth

On May 12, Environmental Ministries will have a webinar about "Earth Care in Christian Education." Many Presbyterian congregations are doing wonderful programs, classes, and activities that address our role in God's creation. Mark your calendar for this Monday May 12th noon webinar with the Presbyterian Hunger Program/Environmental Ministries and stay tuned for more information!

 

Meanwhile, consider these two resources from PCUSA's Congregational Ministries Publishing:

 

cover of Being Reformed study on Stewardship of CreationBeing Reformed: Stewardship of Creation, by Henry G. Brinton, is a six-session study for adults that explores the biblical bases for our care of creation along with sessions on being environmentally friendly at ...

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February 14, 2013

I Love Mountains!

PCUSA General Assemblies have time and again urged us to seek environmental justice, particularly for those in low-income communities. One of the most critical environmental justice issues in our country right now is to stand for justice for the people and environment of Appalachia, by standing against mountaintop removal coal mining.

 

Today, gathering as friends of miners and mountains, an interfaith contingent of faith communities rallied in Frankfort, KY to declare (on this Valentine’s Day), “I love mountains!” I represented PCUSA and was joined by the pastor and members of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, KY (one of our PCUSA ...

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March 16, 2012

Nominate Restoring Creation Award Winners!

Do you know some great congregations, Presbyterian entities, or individuals of faith who are working to care for God's creation? Annual awards to such folks are given out by Presbyterians for Earth Care (the fabulous, grassroots, membership-based organization of earth-keeping Presbyterians and friends). This year the awards will be given at the PEC Luncheon at the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly on Thursday July 5th.

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February 14, 2012

Loving God and Loving God's Earth

Today, as love is celebrated, what ways can we better love and serve God by loving and caring for the earth?

 

One thing I'm aware of is the "I Love Mountains" campaign, people from all across appalachia asking for alternatives to Mountain-top Removal Coal Mining. Folks from Kentucky have made today (Valentine's Day) an "I Love Mountains" Day and Louisvillians are taking buses over to the state capital for a rally of hope and love for a better future and an end to this kind of mining.

 

To learn more about current faithful efforts around Mountaintop Removal Coal ...

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