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.
“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 ...
Montevallo Presbyterian Church in Alabama is a PCUSA Earth Care Congregation and an EPA Energy Star Congregation, and has accomplished many great things in caring for God's creation.
Recent celebrations from this church, which uses EPA's Portfolio Manager to manage their energy use:
- Saved $1,973 in 2011 and 2012
- 35% reduction in green house emissions since 2010
This church appreciates the EPA Portfolio Manager tool because it provides structure and discipline for monitoring, which results in better protection of the environment and revenue reallocated for use in ministries of church. Recently redesigned to be even more user-friendly ...
The Earth Shepherds of Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO continue to invite their congregation to care for God’s creation in a diversity of ways. This church has truly responded to this committee's great leadership and to the improvements helped along by the Building and Grounds session committee and their Building Manager Don Weeks,
from caring for trees,
to offering community recycling,
to insulating windows,
and even to putting solar panels on the roof!
Barbara Stevenin, Chairman of the Earth Shepherds reports, “In the six months of operation of the solar panels, the church has saved over ...
We celebrate with First Presbyterian Church of Henderson, TX their “Go Green Award” from the Keep Henderson Beautiful committee and Henderson's Chamber of Commerce! This congregation was lifted up in the Daily News and commended for their energy savings and eco-friendly changes at their congregation.
One of their great projects was a humorous video clip about “Stewardship of Creation.” (See this great video here).
Their environmental efforts at the church started with smaller projects such as collecting bulletins for recycling, replacing incandescent light bulbs, and purchasing recycled products. From there, their earth care ministry increased and continued with raising ...
We welcome White Plains Presbyterian Church to the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program as it receives dual membership through enrolling in the GreenFaith Certification Program. This congregation enrolled in this program because it “feels called to be stewards of God’s creation” and recognizes environmental stewardship “as an integral part of a sustainable future.” They plan to integrate the GreenFaith Certification process with their tri-centennial celebration, not only celebrating the past but also visioning for a sustainable future. They will improve heating systems, insulation, and windows as well as look into the possibility of solar panels. This summer the congregation ...