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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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August 27, 2014

Spotlight on Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church (Louisville, KY) with children and big globe out front in street 

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY is one of the PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations which is now pursuing the dual certification with GreenFaith. Their enrollment into the GreenFaith sustainable congregation program both recertifies the congregation with PCUSA Earth Care Congregations and gives them room to grow through this interfaith program with new emphases.

 

Bardstown Road PC children in front of painted mural 

 

Earth Care team leader Bill Bowman, who has been involved in Presbyterian environmental circles for over a decade, says that GreenFaith gives the church new areas to try. Bowman explains that GreenFaith “will help us push our limits a bit. If we are going to ...

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August 22, 2014

Spotlight on Trinity Presbyterian Church (East Brunswick, NJ)

Trinity Presbyterian Church East Brunswick garden dedication from Alex Mendez (photo credit)

Garden dedication (photo credit: Alex Mendez, Home News Tribune)

Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, NJ has about 350 members, is located about 45 minutes from New York City, and integrates care for all God’s earth into all facets of their ministry. When the church was brainstorming about missional foci a number of years ago, including issues such as hunger and peacemaking, at first people thought environmental concerns were more peripheral to the church’s mission, reports Debbie O’Halloran, the chair of Trinity’s Earth Shepherds. “However, we then did the study,” she says, “and then realized none ...

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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 21, 2014

Sharing Interfaith Prayer as We Care for God's Earth

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 ...

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February 4, 2014

White Plains Presbyterian Church is a new Earth Care/GreenFaith Congregation!

We welcome White Plains Presbyterian Church to the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program as it receives dual membership through enrolling in the GreenFaith Certification Program. This congregation enrolled in this program because it “feels called to be stewards of God’s creation” and recognizes environmental stewardship “as an integral part of a sustainable future.” They plan to integrate the GreenFaith Certification process with their tri-centennial celebration, not only celebrating the past but also visioning for a sustainable future. They will improve heating systems, insulation, and windows as well as look into the possibility of solar panels. This summer the congregation ...

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February 4, 2014

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church enrolls in GreenFaith Certification Program

In 2013, three Presbyterian congregations were accepted as new applicants to the GreenFaith Certification Program (joining GreenFaith “graduates” Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, NJ and Christ Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, NJ). Veteran PCUSA Earth Care Congregation Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church was among this new class of the GreenFaith Certification Program. Through the PCUSA-GreenFaith partnership, Bardstown Road will receive recertification as an Earth Care Congregation while fully participating in GreenFaith’s program.

 

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY

 

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY was one of the original pilot congregations for the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program when it started 5 years ago. They ...

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January 21, 2014

Celebrating the Presbyterian Church in Morristown’s dual certification with GreenFaith and PCUSA Earth Care Congregations!

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 ...

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July 11, 2013

GreenFaith Energy Services Reaches a Milestone

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:

 

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March 19, 2013

PCUSA Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith collaboration: webinar now available online!

Have you been hearing about the new collaboration between PCUSA Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith but not yet learned as much as you would like?

 

The informative, inspiring, and encouraging webinar about the GreenFaith certification program-- which gives PCUSA congregations the opportunity to become PCUSA Earth Care certified as well as receiving this interfaith certification-- is now available. It is an important first step to learn more about GreenFaith.

 

If you are in or connected to a PCUSA congregation and want to learn more, please begin by watching this hour long webinar. You may watch with your earth care team if ...

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February 8, 2013

Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith announce partnership

Today (Feb. 8), GreenFaith and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Environmental Ministries announce a collaboration to invite Presbyterian churches into the GreenFaith Certification Program.

 

The program offers an opportunity to enhance and expand the earth care ministries of Presbyterian congregations and to build on the PC(USA)’s Earth Care Congregations program.

 

The GreenFaith Certification Program will help Presbyterian congregations meet the requirements of PC(USA) Earth Care Congregations certification while also introducing them to interfaith approaches to caring for the earth and connecting them to other houses of worship.

 

Churches in this program will receive numerous resources ...

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February 15, 2012

GreenFaith calling for Fellowship Applications

GreenFaith has an 18 month national, interfaith training and education program for religious leaders caring for the earth. Interested parties can apply through June 1st. A webinar to introduce the Fellowship will be hosted in early March. For more information about this interfaith organization and this particular opportunity, click here.

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February 9, 2012

Congregational Food Audit

Listing one of the PCUSA Earth Care Congregations (Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD) as a success story, GreenFaith has just announced a new faith-based food guide called "The Good Food Toolkit." Available as a free download for those who register with Green Faith, this resource includes a food audit for your congregation, planning tools, teaching tools, and success stories. To learn more about GreenFaith, an interfaith organization that equips and develops faith leaders caring for the earth, click here

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