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.
Our newest PC(USA) certified Earth Care Congregation, St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR, already has a well-established and holistic earth care ministry. From working with a local farm to partnering with Bharati Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS) in India, this church is making a huge difference in individual lives and global witness. Involved in hunger and poverty alleviation, disaster response, environmental justice, and interfaith learning, St. Mark Presbyterian Church connects the issues that make social-ecological-economic justice work an important part of Christian discipleship.
During the summer of 2014, the church spent 10 weeks worshipping around the theme of ...
Noah Wilding is a rising sophomore at Trinity High School who is fully committed to ending climate change. He is operating a totally green lawn care business. He has a solar panel for charging his electric mower, trimmer, and weedwacker, and he rides his bike to his mowing jobs, pulling his equipment in a cart behind him. Bill Young is a retired research scientist and is a volunteer in the PC(USA) Environmental Ministries office. Both Bill and Noah are members of the Earth Care Team at their home congregation, Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. CHPC is one ...
Submitted by pastor emeritus and chair of the congregation’s Energy Stewardship Task Force, Rev. Rodger Grussing
Our modest photo- voltaic (p-v) system has been operating for a year and a half. Our “above code” building is now 12 years old. The geothermal system has been operating for nearly twelve years and the forest was purchased 14 years ago. Wind generated electricity units have been purchased for eleven years.
Recently, financial and volunteer energy concerns led session to postpone an expansion of the p-v because the congregation was in the midst constructing an addition to the building built largely with ...
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church dedicates largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia; Launches new model making solar possible for any community group in West Virginia
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Conant, Solar Holler (802) 595-0338
Than Hitt, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church (304) 268-4886
Shepherdstown, WV—In a first of its kind project, residents and businesses in this West Virginia small town have come together to do what was once out of reach—making solar power accessible for any church or non-profit in one of the most coal-dependent states in America.
Tuesday morning, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church members, project organizers ...
“Lent” has a new meaning at North Presbyterian Church (Williamsburg, NY) that is close to the word's ancient etymology. Because of the lengthening days, it’s the time of year when the church starts producing more of the electricity than it uses.
The church has now had two summers of producing more than it uses (June through September). The photovoltaic panels on the flat roofs of North Presbyterian Church went on line May 1, 2012.
2013 was the first full calendar and budget year with solar panels in place. In 2013 the church produced 26,741 kwh of electricity--57 ...
A recently installed array of solar panels on the roof of Crosslake Presbyterian Church in north central Minnesota generates electricity when the sun shines. (Crosslake MN enjoys as many hours of sunlight annually as Houston, TX ! )
Click here for access to a real time report of electrical production.
This is the latest of five efforts by Crosslake Church to be good stewards of God’s creation. Collectively dubbed “The New Noah Project”, Crosslake’s five efforts are—
---Photovoltaic electricity generation,
---Geo-thermal heating and air conditioning,
---Purchase of wind generated electricity,
---A highly insulated building with efficient lighting
---Ten acres 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:
Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE has a great solar project going as part of their earth care commitment. Drawing new people to the church, their solar project also demonstrates how church revitalization can be connected to earth's revitalization. What is good for God's creation is good for the Church!
Click here to read more about this wonderful project at Limestone Presbyterian Church.
Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina is one of twenty Presbyterian camp and conference centers in the country to have received the 2011 Green Leaf Seal from Environmental Ministries and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association. Last week Montreat celebrated its Green Leaf Seal recognition and the completion of a solar hot water system for the center’s Assembly Inn. Read a press release about the event on Montreat’s blog.
Patricia K. Townsend, a member of North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville, NY and a board member for New York Interfaith Power and Light (NYIPL), sent the following story about the path to installing solar power at her church. The article originally appeared in the NYIPL e-newsletter and the Presbytery of Western New York e-newsletter. Thanks for sharing, and thank you to North PC for its work to care for God's creation.
Getting to “Yes” on Solar at North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville NY
For years, several of us had dreamed of an array of solar panels on the sanctuary roof ...