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.
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 ...
Monday marked an important moment in our care for God's creation. The EPA, as part of the President's ongoing climate action plan, has passed guidelines for curbing carbon pollution from power plants. As it says on the EPA website, "Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels."
This is the first such national action on curbing power plant pollution in this way, and ...
GreenFaith has reached a milestone!
GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners in Action for the Earth has facilitated solar arrays on over 25 faith-based sites, and over 40 residences, totaling more than half a megawatt of solar capacity!
To understand the difference this is making in our world: it is like taking cars off the road for more than 16 million miles. GreenFaith is also saving the faith-based sites and homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you are faith-based site in one of the following areas, you can gain access to financial support for the solar projects:
Are you interested in what financial resources are available for doing energy efficiency or renewable energy at your church? There are a few options you might be interested to know.
Through the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP), an endowment loan is made possible by the generosity of faithful Presbyterians who give a portion of their own resources to support the growth of mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). If your church is doing other upgrades and can add energy efficiency or solar panels into the project, this kind of fund might be right for you ...
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.
Created by a faith-based organization in Louisville, KY "Lent 4.5" is an interesting seven-week study process that encourages us to live into Christian simplicity. Through the study, issues explored include food, consumption, water, energy, gratitude & generosity. Click here to learn more.