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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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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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May 29, 2015

Releasing Monarchs for Pentecost!

On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015, members of Christ Community Church in Cortland, NY gathered outside to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit by releasing Eastern Monarch butterflies.

 

Release of Eastern Monarch butterflies


Rev. Dr. Janet Adair Hansen, Pastor, explains, "we've had butterflies as a theme all Easter season, and passed out information on having 'butterfly gardens' (with plants for both caterpillar stage and butterfly stage) at a Plant Sale. The National Association of Conservation Districts had picked 'Pollinators' as this year's theme for Soil & Water Stewardship week, so I'd been able to pick up free bulletin covers & inserts and look ...

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May 28, 2015

Updates from Crosslake Presbyterian Church: solar panels and other projects

Submitted by pastor emeritus and chair of the congregation’s Energy Stewardship Task Force, Rev. Rodger Grussing

 

Crosslakes Presbyterian Church photo voltaic system 

 

Our modest photo- voltaic (p-v) system has been operating for a year and a half. Our “above code” building is now 12 years old. The geothermal system has been operating for nearly twelve years and the forest was purchased 14 years ago. Wind generated electricity units have been purchased for eleven years.

Recently, financial and volunteer energy concerns led session to postpone an expansion of the p-v because the congregation was in the midst constructing an addition to the building built largely with ...

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May 27, 2015

"Earth Care Day Camp" at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR last year helped to organize and host an "Earth Care Day Camp." The team provided for transportation, a nutritious snack and lunch every day for the campers, and introduced the 16 youth and 9 children to themes of water, trees, watershed management, food gardens, pollinators, wildlife habitat, wildlife. Tangible enhancements included increased native planting, the establishment of two pollinator gardens, increased water sources for wildlife, and a re-planting of a demonstration garden as an alternative to lawn. Only 3 of the 25 young people had had previous contact with CHPC and most brought ...

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April 22, 2015

Presbyterians celebrating Earth Day!

One of the things I love most about my work is hearing the amazing stories of so many people and churches doing fabulous ministry, caring for all God's creation. There are so many inspiring stories! There is so much great work being done.

 

Presbyterians, Bolivians and Peruvians caring for God's earth

 

From finding Presbyterians being named as national "Cool Congregations" winners (and runners-up, and honorable mentions) to seeing our Climate and Food Justice poster being sent out by other denominations, to gathering stories of all the wonderful Earth Day Sunday worship services that have happened or will happen, I feel filled with joy and gratitude in this ...

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