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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, 2015

New Life Presbyterian Church: Earth Care Updates


New Life Presbyterian Church (formerly North Como Presbyterian Church, and Knox Presbyterian Church) in Roseville, MN continues their faithful earth care work. They continue to make great strides in worship, education, facilities, and outreach activities. In addition to recycling, fair trade coffee, sharing their building, here are some of their accomplishments:


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July 15, 2015

First Presbyterian Tallahassee: Carbon Neutrality, Solar Panels, and "Fossil Free"


Reflections from Brant S. Copeland, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL.


 FPC Tallahassee solar panels on church roof


I have been serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee for almost 30 years.  Throughout my pastorate our congregation has been deeply engaged in environmental stewardship.  In 2006 our Session responded to the General Assembly’s call to become a “carbon neutral” congregation.  We have accomplished this goal through the generosity and dedication of our members. 


In order to accomplish our goal we conducted a capital campaign and made major changes in our historic sanctuary and other buildings.  A central feature of our transition ...

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July 14, 2015

Teen Green Lawn Care Service

Noah Wilding


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 ...

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July 13, 2015

Eco-Mission Trip: Earth Care Couple travels to El Salvador


Chuck and Ruth Dow, members of PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation River Glen Presbyterian Church (Naperville, IL), recently returned from a mission trip to El Salvador. They taught nutrition, gardening (including container gardening), and solar cooking (with a foldable solar cooker they designed and can teach people how to make and use, with a cost of about $1.) This mission is similar to what they have been doing as part-time volunteers since 1987. The church commissioned them before they left on what happened to also be Chuck's 82rd birthday!


Ruth explained,  “A 1983 Presbyterian-Methodist mission trip to Mexico stimulated ...

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June 30, 2015

One Earth! One Family! Celebrations on Papal Encyclical

Last Sunday, in appreciation of the papal encyclical on the environment, local churches rang bells while other people of faith gathered in Rome for a global march. These efforts came under an umbrella called "One Earth! One Family!" and came from diverse people.


Members of Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (IL), a PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregation, gathered to ring their church bell Sunday.


Ridgefield Crystal Lake church members ring the bell for God's creation

The folks at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian (IL) ringing the bell to celebrate One Earth! One Family! (photo: Rick Johnson)


Meanwhile, Presbyterian minister Neddy Astudillo and others gathered in Rome for a solidarity march. See photos of the ...

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