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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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July 22, 2014

Creation Care at Local Churches in All Denominations

While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!

 

"Stewards of the Earth" by Karen Nazor Hill in Timesfreepress.com

 

Excerpt:

 

"In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s earth,” says Rosie Sanislo, who founded the local team.

 

“My concern for better green living is based on practicing my faith through caring for creation,” she says. “Scripture and our reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth — God’s good creation. Each ...

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July 8, 2014

Trinity Presbyterian in Santa Cruz Installs Solar

 Trinity PC Santa Cruz rooftop solar panels

Members at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, CA, decided to take the leap of faith and apply for a loan to install solar panels on their church building. In an article about stewardship for the church newsletter, church member Russ Hobbs wrote about "solar coming to Trinity" as a brainstorm that began with replacing styrofoam cups with washable ones. As church members brainstormed the many ways they could care better for God's creation, after talking about water conservation and replacing styrofoam, they came upon the idea of solar panels and decided to explore it.

 

Hobbs wrote this about ...

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June 26, 2014

Beginning a 5th Year Anniversary for PCUSA Earth Care Congregations

Earth Care Congregation 5 year Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake and Singing for Earth Care Congregations at PEC Lunch, June 2014

 

This summer, 2014, marks the 5th year of certification for 13 of PCUSA's certified Earth Care Congregations. For five years, these churches have been growing ever deeper in their ministry and witness and for five years, the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation continues to grow nationally. At 139 congregations as of this writing, PCUSA Earth Care Congregations demonstrates the passion people have to care for God's creation as part of Christian discipleship and living out their faith in the world.

 

 PEC Luncheon Program General Assembly 2014

 

The below thirteen churches will "turn ...

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May 28, 2014

Church "Green Living Practicum" Changes Individual Habits

At Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, TX, a small group study initiated by the Creation Care Team has led to changing individual lives and family lifestyle choices. A group of 10 families gathered to work through David Gershon’s Green Living Handbook over a period of 4 months. 

 

The purpose of this four month study was to help people understand creation care, change their hearts and become more mindful of their daily habits and ultimately start to do things in a more sustainable way at home, work and church.  Whether it is a question of water consumption, energy use, consumer ...

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May 27, 2014

FPC Athens OH Named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA’s ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition

We celebrate with First Presbyterian Church of Athens, OH as it was recently recognized for its important achievement in energy conservation. It was named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA'S ENERGYSTAR® National Building Competition! Competitors together have saved more than $100 million on utility bills and prevented 230,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

First Presbyterian Church of Athens announced that it successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its fourth year, the competition featured buildings from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency ...

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