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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 20, 2014

Spotlight on Montevallo Presbyterian Church (Montevallo, AL)

bike rack at Montevallo Presbyterian Church

Functional art (bike rack) at Montevallo Presbyterian Church


Montevallo Presbyterian Church is a small congregation in Montevallo, AL with a building from 1902. It sits in a university town and does great ministry for all God’s creation. The Green Team at Montevallo has active committee involvement from about 25% of the membership of the congregation, and great support from pastor Leanne Pearce Reed. When the church did some visioning and identifying core values a number of years ago, care of creation was one of the top core values that emerged, Reed says. Green Team coordinator Bill Peters’ leadership and ...

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August 13, 2014

Spotlight on The Church of Reconciliation

The Church of Reconciliation (NC) Earth Sabbath dancers

A Devotion in Motion, "The Life-Giving Water" by Abby Kameny, Magdalen Davidson, Allison Davidson


Drawing members from around the Triangle region of North Carolina, The Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill’s Earth Care Committee deepens the faith life of its members and engages in a multitude of community efforts (such as making a banner for Moral Mondays, hosting environmental film viewings, and advocating for positive legislation on environmental concerns).


Actively connecting biblical and theological principles to human treatment of the earth, the Earth Care Committee strives to keep a focus on the good news—in the world and in ...

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August 11, 2014

Spotlight on First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

FPC Howard County church garden

“Our faith tradition teaches us that the earth and all creation are God’s, and that God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, to protect and restore it for it’s own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family, " says co-pastor Sue Lowcock Harris, of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County (Columbia, MD). "We have pledged to do this through our worship, our facilities management, our educational activities, and outreach ministries. We believe in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that ‘our lives begin to end the day we ...

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August 8, 2014

Spotlight on St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Kilmarnock, VA)

 St Andrews Presbyterian Church (Kilmarnock, VA)

In rural Virginia, a nearly 30 year old church with around 230 members, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kilmarnock, VA, enters its 5th year of being certified by the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation programs. Starting a number of creation care efforts before the certification program was available, St. Andrews has made steady progress of linking faith, daily life, and caring for the earth.


Judy Thomson, Associate Pastor of St. Andrews, connects with the church’s Creation Care Alliance (which has its own logo, designed by a member of the congregation). Thomson says that the church’s efforts began early ...

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August 7, 2014

Spotlight on First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove


FPC Cottage Grove bike to church Sunday

FPC Cottage Grove encourages getting to church in many different ways!


Before connecting with the Presbyterian Earth Care Congregations Certification Program, the Earth and Social Justice Commission at First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove was already involved in conservation projects.


Alison Center, a member and administrative secretary for the church, explains: “We were doing fair trade coffee, limiting our use of disposable dishes and using recyclable paper supplies. We also held a worship service outdoors each summer at the foot of Mount Pisgah.” Having enough points for certification, Tracy Durfee, chairperson of the Earth and Social Justice Commission, sent in ...

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