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.
Designated by Orthodox communities through Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios in 1989, recently instituted as "World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation" by Pope Francis, and even more recently by the World Council of Churches, we are encouraged to set aside September 1 as a day to pray for all God’s people and whole creation.
Thanks to pastors at Limestone Presbyterian Church for providing this wonderful bulletin insert that churches or individuals may use for prayer on September 1st--or the Sunday preceding or following--to join in this world day of prayer.
Bulletin Insert materials:
September 1st – World Day of Prayer ...
At the March 9th "Ground for Hope" interfaith environmental gathering in Louisville, KY, leaders of local faith communities created and led a beautiful shared prayer time. With each person speaking from his/her authentic place of faith, we heard and shared the ways we believe, look to holy scripture, hear the Divine voice, and embrace our connection to the world around us as part of our faith. I was very moved, heartened, and grounded by this prayerful sharing that started off our day. We were grounded in hope as we then moved into workshops and discussions of exploring the hard ...
So far for me this Lent, I am finding it a spiritual practice in and of itself to learn of, and pay attention to, all the many wonderful Lenten resources out there this year. It seems to be a growing movement to connect our inward spiritual disciplines to the broader world that God created and loves.
I have shared with many of you the traditional Lenten resources that I have recommended for years:
Over one thousand congregations and 350,000 people of faith are expected to participate in Interfaith Power & Light’s National Preach-In on Climate Change this Valentine’s Day weekend. The theme of the 2014 Preach-In is "Doing our Part", and congregations all over the country will be doing their part by using energy more efficiently and greening their facilities to help curb climate change and protect our children's future. The Preach-In comes just as the EPA prepares to implement first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Clergy and lay people will ...
In 2013, five of our 124 PCUSA Earth Care Congregations are dually certified for their eco-justice ministry through interfaith organization GreenFaith. One of the newly enrolled congregations is the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. This New Jersey congregation will incorporate environmentally friendly building renovations in its major capital campaign as well as to use the GreenFaith program to grow closer to God, neighbors, and the earth. Green Team member Erin Guthrie explains that one of the most exciting pieces of the program is that “we are continuing our strong relationship with the Bethel AME church down the road and both of ...
Please join the ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) at:
Presbyterians and Economic Justice
Friday, March 23, 2012; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
Is this the Fast I Seek? Economy, Livelihood & Our National Priorities
Friday evening, March 23 – March 26, 2012
Doubletree Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA, and Washington, DC
You will also find speaker highlights and other details in recent posts on the Office of ...
I really enjoy and appreciate these thoughtful weekly reflections from Rev. Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries out of Colorado. Today he writes of "Hope and Community" and I want to share this reflection with you, as well as recommend his good work if you haven't come across it before. A blessed weekend to you all!
This Saturday, Presbyterian pastor Bruce Gillette and ecumenical allies are hosting an event for congregations in/around Deleware to survey energy costs and make changes. Sponsored by Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, this regional gathering will hear from guest speak Andrew Rudin (of Interfaith Coalition on Energy) and will focus on practical, cost-effective responses to energy concerns. For more information, go to: http://www.deipl.org/energyworkshop121.
An invitation to folks around TN and southern U.S. from Province IV Environmental Ministry of the Episcopal Church:
Registration is Open! Environmental Ministry Retreat with University of the South May 4-6, at St. Mary's Retreat Center, Sewanee, TN.
EM4 Retreat at the University of the South - Transfiguration of Christ and Creation: A Ministry of Wholeness
EM4 and the Center for Religion and the Environment at Sewanee would like to invite you to retreat on the “Domain” – the land holding of the University of the South on May 4-6, 2012. "Transfiguration of Christ and Creation: A Ministry of Wholeness" is a retreat designed for those engaged in environmental ministry in Province IV. The retreat will begin with dinner, Friday May 4 and end with lunch on Sunday May 4-6, 2012.
The World Communion of Reformed Churches, of which the PCUSA is a part, has shared the news that some of its member churches are asking hard questions about nuclear technology, nuclear energy, and our care for God's creation. A controverial energy source in our time, nuclear energy has few greenhouse emissions (so won't contribute to climate change) yet its radioactive toxic waste is highly dangerous and hard to dispose of safely.
Asian churches particularly highlighted the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor incident and are compelling all churches to consider more theological reflection and action on energy issues. To ...