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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 23, 2015

Papal Encyclical

On Thursday June 18, Pope Francis released the long-anticipated papal encyclical on the environment. In this profound pastoral statement, Pope Francis affirmed all creatures as beloved by God, the interconnection of environmental, economic and social systems, and our human responsibility to care for the world around us. Presbyterian General Assemblies have passed many environmental resolutions on caring for God's creation, acting on everything from water and land use to energy and climate change, while congregations, church institutions, and individual Presbyterians are committed to earth care as part of daily discipleship. PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons said in response ...

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June 23, 2015

PCUSA Welcomes Papal Encyclical

Last week, Pope Francis released the long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment. In response, PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons posted this affirmation of Pope Francis' message.


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) welcomes the release of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical Laudato Sii

June 18, 2015

We celebrate the faithful witness and words of Pope Francis today as he encourages responsible, loving care for God’s creation in the release of his papal encyclical Laudato Sii. We affirm its echo of the great St. Francis’ reverence for nature. At the same ...

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June 23, 2015

Articles on Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment

Great thanks to the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, pulling together a long and helpful list of articles about Pope Francis' encyclical!


You can read the encyclical on the Vatican site:

There are a number of resources on the Forum site ( to provide you more information on the encyclical, including “Frequently Asked Questions on the Papal Encyclical,” a video recording and transcript of the Yale panel discussion entitled “Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters,” and news articles that address ...

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June 12, 2015

Papal Encyclical Released Next Thursday

Next Thursday, June 18, Pope Francis will release his papal encyclical on the environment. While no one knows the precise content of the encyclical until it is released, it is anticipated that it will include messages consistent with the moral mandate to care for God's creation and the understanding that poverty, hunger and environmental degradation are interlocking issues that invoke our faithful action. It is also anticipated that he will speak clearly on the ethical responsibility to act in the face of climate change.


Presbyterians General Assemblies have passed many environmental resolutions and statements on caring for God's ...

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June 11, 2015

World Council of Churches Efforts on Climate Change

Rev. William Somplatsky-Jarman, PC(USA) Coordinator for Mission Responsibility through Investment (MRTI), has long been at the table with WCC member churches working on earth care and climate justice. Attending every United Nations' Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings since their inception, Bill and other WCC member communion representatives witness to the faith voice and moral framework when it comes to these international agreements. COP 21 will meet in Paris in Nov-Dec 2015, and the WCC climate justice efforts are already underway. Read more about World Council of Churches' work on preparing for COP 21 here. 

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