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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Presbyterian congregations as well as many others are participating this weekend in a national "preach-in" on global warming. In addition to raising the issue of climate change in worship and preaching, churches may send postcards or petitions to President Obama to "love" God's earth (this close to Valentine's Day). My home church is participating in this preach-in and our Earth Care Team is looking forward to good biblical exegesis, wonderful Reformed worship, and fellowship over a soup and bread lunch as we hear more about climate change after worship.
To learn more, go to: http://www.preachin.org/
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.
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.