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.
Environmental Ministries started the Earth Care Congregations program in 2010, and since then more than 50 churches have used A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches to become certified as Earth Care Congregations. The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life. In addition to recognizing churches that have committed to the mission of earth care, the program guide can be used to help churches that are just getting started on earth care structure their program and find ideas and resources.
Patricia K. Townsend, a member of North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville, NY and a board member for New York Interfaith Power and Light (NYIPL), sent the following story about the path to installing solar power at her church. The article originally appeared in the NYIPL e-newsletter and the Presbytery of Western New York e-newsletter. Thanks for sharing, and thank you to North PC for its work to care for God's creation.
Getting to “Yes” on Solar at North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville NY
For years, several of us had dreamed of an array of solar panels on the sanctuary roof ...
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:
Renewal is a documentary with eight stories of how people of faith are working to create environmental justice. The documentary is inspiring, and can be used to involve more people of faith in this important work. The documentary has an accompanying study guide, which can be downloaded online, and used in your congregation. As the film is broken down into 8 short stories, it lends itself well to use in a series of educational classes on caring for creation. Renewal's website also includes a screening guide with helpful tips for planning a screening.
Regardless of where your church is ...
As part of Church Earth Care Stories, Reverend Linda Stewart-Kalen, pastor of Colonial Height Presbyterian Church, was interviewed so that her church’s story could be shared. Located in Portland, Oregon, Colonial Heights banded together with their community to tackle a growing problem, water run-off.
We worked with the city to look at a problem in our area and try to fix it. We quickly found that water run-off was a problem, so we set to raising money and making a plan to stop water run-off. We received $5000 from a grant and raised $7000 internally, which was a great ...