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.
This page is a collection of stories that have been printed on this blog about our PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations and other earth-caring congregations. You can also find these stories through clicking various categories on the right sidebar menu (for instance if you are looking for "food" or "climate" or "education" stories about churches). However, this list seems somewhat easier to navigate if you are looking for a particular church and location, without scrolling through the 20 some pages of "church earth care stories," page by page).
2014 stories- 5th year anniversary congregations
September 15-18, 2015 at Montreat Conference Center, Presbyterians for Earth Care is offering a conference "Down-to-Earth Advocacy and Action." PHP’s Environmental Ministries is considering this conference the 2015 Summit for Earth Care Congregations, hoping earth care teams can send representation to the PEC conference in order to learn, connect, and become inspired to take the work back home into local congregations and communities.
Earth Care Congregations will benefit greatly from a wide variety of educational, skill-building, and inspirational workshops, plenary sessions, and networking opportunities throughout the PEC Conference. In addition to being active participants in the offerings of the ...
The Greening of Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church
the Rev. Dr. Larry A. Grimm, Parish Associate for Outreach and Growth
the Rev. Mark Meeks, Pastor and Spiritual Leader
November 23, 2014
This is a brief account of the “greening” of a congregation. We say a congregation because it involves the building and the congregational lifestyle. Just as lifestyle decisions are made by a family or an individual to live within certain limits or to contribute towards a goal of health and well- being, a congregation will not only address issues of the building as though there is a formula to follow ...
Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY is one of the PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations which is now pursuing the dual certification with GreenFaith. Their enrollment into the GreenFaith sustainable congregation program both recertifies the congregation with PCUSA Earth Care Congregations and gives them room to grow through this interfaith program with new emphases.
Earth Care team leader Bill Bowman, who has been involved in Presbyterian environmental circles for over a decade, says that GreenFaith gives the church new areas to try. Bowman explains that GreenFaith “will help us push our limits a bit. If we are going to ...
Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR has been ministering with special attention to God’s creation since the 80s. The first incarnation of their efforts was a group called SPEC (Second Presbyterian Environmental Council) and this group introduced recycling, stopped Styrofoam products at church coffee and meal times, and adopted two miles of highway to keep free from litter.
After a period of rest and then feeling called to start up efforts again, the Environmental Stewardship Team at Second Presbyterian was born and expanded recycling to include paper, cardboard, plastics and ...