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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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June 9, 2015

Eco-Stewards Visioning Retreat

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The Eco-Stewards Program is a community that shapes young adult leaders through environmental action, faith formation, vocational discernment and place-based learning. Growing out of Presbyterians concerned about earth care and committed to outdoor education and camping, this informal network of Presbyterian and ecumenical young adults has gathered annually to share faith journeys, experience God's creation, and learn about local environmental and social justice issues in a particular area of the country. Past programs have been located in rural West Virginia, Montana’s Crow Reservation, Boston/Vermont, Portland, Oregon and Gainesville, Florida. Eco-Stewards' past participants have been camp staff, seminary ...

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August 7, 2013

Legal Issues of Fracking

Presbyterians encouraged to study fracking

Environmental Ministries is compiling a list of resources on fracking that will be added to our website in the near future. 

In the meantime we would like to call attention to an excellent new web posting on legal issues of fracking; especially see the first two articles.  These articles were produced by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress so they should be unbiased. 

They concern legislation at the federal level and are timely as they were just published this month (July, 2013). 

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June 6, 2013

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: First Presbyterian Church Franklin, TN

First Presbyterian Church: Memorial Trees

First Presbyterian Church’s  Saturday Morning Men's Bible Study group has sponsored a program of planting trees as memorials, or to honor an individual, on their church property.  They plant the trees in late fall or early winter to improve the survival rates.  First Presbyterian Church is using Tennessee native species to improve our survival rates and longevity. 

First Presbyterian Church can make available substantial reference materials to help people select species compatible with their soils, sun and moisture conditions.  Two members of their group are master gardeners.  They have also engaged the services ...

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February 11, 2013

Supporting One Great Hour of Sharing supports eco-justice in the church and in the world!

Beginning this year, PCUSA Environmental Ministries (now as a part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program) is supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing. All the support and connection Environmental Ministries is able to provide to you is thanks to the generous gifts of congregations that want to ensure that the national church continues to engage works of compassion and justice as disciples of Jesus Christ.


This offering, taken by congregations around Easter, goes to support vital ministries of the church that seek to address root causes of poverty, to alleviate hunger, to assist with natural disasters, to empower local ...

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July 18, 2011

Environmental Ministries July Publishing of "Eco-Notes"

 Here is a copy of Eco-Notes, PC(USA) Environmental Ministries monthly e-newsletter. Ranging a wide variety of topics, Eco-Notes is a place for information on stewardship programs, conferences, and ways to get involved. Sign up to receive Eco-Notes each month!

Share your Church Earth Care Stories with our summer intern

This summer the Environmental Ministries and Child Advocacy offices are excited to welcome Jocelyn Kirk as a summer intern. Jocelyn will be helping Environmental Ministries in a number of ways, and we are thankful to have her serving as an intern. One of Jocelyn’s tasks this summer is to ...

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