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.
Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church (Stevens Point, WI), did not just begin earth care activities five years ago. Now celebrating the “5th year certification” with the PCUSA national program, church members in this congregation have been active and creatively engaged in environmental stewardship since 2001.
Originally sought out to give feedback to, and to help pilot, the original model of PCUSA Earth Care Congregations back in 2010, Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church showed completed creation care activities across the life of the church (in worship, education, facilities and outreach). And, each year since 2010, they have proven a deeper and broader ...
While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!
"In Chattanooga, New Hope Presbyterian Church has its “Earth Care Team,” a group dedicated to being “stewards of God’s earth,” says Rosie Sanislo, who founded the local team.
“My concern for better green living is based on practicing my faith through caring for creation,” she says. “Scripture and our reformed faith tradition call humans to be stewards of the earth — God’s good creation. Each ...
This summer, 2014, marks the 5th year of certification for 13 of PCUSA's certified Earth Care Congregations. For five years, these churches have been growing ever deeper in their ministry and witness and for five years, the PCUSA Earth Care Congregation continues to grow nationally. At 139 congregations as of this writing, PCUSA Earth Care Congregations demonstrates the passion people have to care for God's creation as part of Christian discipleship and living out their faith in the world.
The below thirteen churches will "turn ...
In addition to enhancing the well-being of the congregation, securing a better world for future generations, and deepening a sense of Christian discipleship, Earth Care Congregations are finding ways to build up their local communities-- and being noticed for it!
In February, Forest Lake Church helped create a community garden at a transition residence for homelessness recovery. Coming out of their own experience as intergenerational gardeners at their own church, they are now helping others to find food security, a connection to the earth, and an expanded sense of neighbors and care.
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park KS, has just been informed they have won first place in the "Energy Savings Category" in the Interfaith Power and Light Cool Congregations 2013 Challenge. Their submission was an "Adopt-A-Light" campaign where they designed and installed a lighting retrofit project saving utility costs AND reducing our CO2 contribution to global warming. Check out the story here and meet the winners (and runners-up and honorable mention).
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church will be entered into the US Green Building Council GBIG Database of exemplary projects and receive a $1,000 reward.
Great thanks to all the ...