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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 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 29, 2015

Registration Open for Fall 2015 Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference!

Down-to-Earth Advocacy and Action

September 15 - 18, 2015

Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC

 

Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Patricia K. Tull, A.B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of 

Old Testament, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary

Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson II, Director, 

PC(USA) Office of Public Witness

 

Join Presbyterians across the country who are caring for God's creation in this innovative and motivating conference in beautiful Montreat, NC! This conference will also celebrate the 20 year witness of this grassroots organization of Presbyterians and the many wonderful folks who paved the way for the work we continue to do ...

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March 13, 2015

Earth Day Sunday 2015

"Have you anything here to eat?" 
Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate

Earth Day Sunday 2015 resource

 

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we commit to daily living out our faith. We do this individually, in community with one another, and with the rest of God’s creation. On this Earth Day Sunday, we reflect in particular on how climate and food concerns impact us. How does food production and consumption impact the climate? How does climate change affect growing and accessing food?

 

Find our Earth Day Sunday 2015 resource both as a Presbyterian download (look on the right side of ...

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