Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will include 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-Davies is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She recently graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a M.Div. and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.
Presbyterian congregations as well as many others are participating this weekend in a national "preach-in" on global warming. In addition to raising the issue of climate change in worship and preaching, churches may send postcards or petitions to President Obama to "love" God's earth (this close to Valentine's Day). My home church is participating in this preach-in and our Earth Care Team is looking forward to good biblical exegesis, wonderful Reformed worship, and fellowship over a soup and bread lunch as we hear more about climate change after worship.
To learn more, go to: http://www.preachin.org/
While climate change has become politicized in Congress, religious leaders - Presbyterians as well as Christians of many diverse backgrounds – have expressed more agreement than discord on the need to address climate change.
The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care is gathering in Washington D.C. on April 23rd to explore, inform, and inspire people of faith to take action global climate change.
Members of the Environmental Ministries Action network from Huguenot Memorial Church in Pelham, NY sent the following update on environmental stewardship in their congregation. The information is excerpted from a church newsletter article from winter 2011 written by Elders Elysa Peters and Eric Smith.
At Huguenot Church, we recognize that environmental degradation and climate change are not just ecological and economic problems, but spiritual and social issues as well.
Here we share some examples of the progress we’ve made to date, divided according to four broad goals:
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has teamed up with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to create "Youth for Eco-Justice." This program, intended for Christians from 18-30 years old, will take place in conjunction with the 2011 United Nations climate negotiations. After a two-week training and immersion program in Durban, South Africa, the youth will begin projects of their own in their home countries.
The application process is simple, with the deadline being August 15. This life-changing program is meant to focus on environmental issues and bring youth into the debate. With the environment ever-changing, hopefully the youth will be ...