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.
First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, recently recertified as one of the 120 PCUSA Earth Care Congregations, brings elements of caring for God's creation into the worship, education, and mission life of the congregation as well as updating their facilities for energy efficiency, water conservation, and other savings.
This congregation is also good at getting out into God's creation. Spending time outdoors, feeling God's presence in the natural world, and enjoying one another, has proved significant as a part of this congregation's experience of caring for God's creation.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, MD is an Earth Care Congregation. Among the many wonderful things they do to care for God's creation, one of their successful activities is an Alternate Transportation Sunday. This special focus began in May 2011 and has continued ever since (and they have even developed tips for replicating the effort).
The Earth Care team explains that the Alternate Transportation Sunday was a big success:
"Saint Markers embraced the idea of energy saving transportation in a big way. The children and youth were particularly enthused. People walked, rode bikes, shared rides and ...
One of many initiatives begun by the Environmental Stewardship Task Force of the church began on a small scale last spring by designating a “Bike to Church Sunday.” In addition to the environmental benefits, we felt that this might help relieve what is routinely a very congested parking situation on Sunday mornings. The Borough of Swarthmore promotes biking and there are clearly identified street markings as well as good bike parking areas in the community.
In addition to announcements in the monthly newsletter and weekly emails, we tagged two of our most active, committed cycling advocates to staff a table ...
Westminster Presbyterian Church gets active!
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Eugene, Oregon has taken significant strides to educate one another about the world around us. They are having a summer promotion of walking to church (instead of driving automobiles), and they have also started a nine-week program on Sundays called, “Walk to Bethlehem” with environmental education about each stop along the way.
They have also collected over forty books in their Creation Care Library, available for anyone to check out. A local author gave a program on environmental protection, based off his hike in Oregon. The program included an evening devotion ...