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.
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR last year helped to organize and host an "Earth Care Day Camp." The team provided for transportation, a nutritious snack and lunch every day for the campers, and introduced the 16 youth and 9 children to themes of water, trees, watershed management, food gardens, pollinators, wildlife habitat, wildlife. Tangible enhancements included increased native planting, the establishment of two pollinator gardens, increased water sources for wildlife, and a re-planting of a demonstration garden as an alternative to lawn. Only 3 of the 25 young people had had previous contact with CHPC and most brought ...
Presbyterians across the country are entering this Holy Week journey mindful of Christ's walk and aware of our connections with God's whole creation. In this evocative time, how do we listen to and with the earth? How do palm branches, the stones on the path, the groaning of creation participate with us in this time of passion?
As you move through Holy Week, here are a few pieces I recommend spending some time with:
Palm Sunday sermon by Earth Care Congregation pastor Jeffrey Geary (White Plains, NY): http://revgeary.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/a-cheering-chanting-dizzy-crowd/
Presbyterians for Earth ...
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 ...
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 ...
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:
Being 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 ...
A Webinar from PCUSA Environmental Ministries
Wed. Nov 13, 2013, 2-3pm EDT.
For more information, see the flyer here.
Have you ever wondered what streams of Presbyterian or reformed heritage support a creation care ethic in worship and liturgy? Are you interested in exploring Christian ritual and liturgy that lift up our responsibility to tend the earth? Do you want to hear what others are creating and doing to bring their faith life and their commitment to the world around them together in the worship space? In this one-hour webinar ...
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.
On the verge of Ash Wednesday, have you thought about how God calls you to remember your "dust-ness" in this holy time? Might there be a practice you could take on during Lent in order to deepen your care for, and relationship to, God's good earth? Click here to read more thoughts of "Earth Care as Lenten Practice."
Once again, grassroots network Presbyterians for Earth Care has produced a timely, thoughtful, and helpful resource to help us think and pray about creation care as part of the Lenten season. This 2012 Lenten devotional resource is called "Feasting on God's Gifts; Fasting in Sorrow," and includes reflections for Ash Wednesday, for each week of Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
Highlighting the story of another PCUSA Earth Care Congregation, I invite you to celebrate with me Montreat Presbyterian Church's creative idea to have an earth care theologian in residence! Click here to read about this new program.
Story-telling encourages us, inspires us, gives us hope, and helps us risk creative vision. In that spirit, I'd like to share with you, as I'm able, some glimpses of the stories that PCUSA Earth Care Congregations are creating in their congregational life.
Earth Care Congregations vary in their interests, their geographical location, their church size, their leadership, and their current projects. Yet they all have stories to tell about what it is like to be following God's call to tend and keep the "garden" (Gen 2:15) in their part of the world.
I invite you to ...
Applications are now posted for summer 2012 Eco-Stewards! This program, located in Boston and Vermont this year, is a great place for young adults with a heart for eco-justice ministry to learn practical skills, to accompany one another, and to inspire others for action. Learn more here.