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.
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 ...
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 was one of the original pilot congregations for the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program when it started 5 years ago. They ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.