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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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July 22, 2014

Creation Care at Local Churches in All Denominations

While highlighting New Hope Presbyterian Church (Chattanooga) as the Presbyterian example (see snippet below), this great article includes churches from many denominations!

 

"Stewards of the Earth" by Karen Nazor Hill in Timesfreepress.com

 

Excerpt:

 

"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 ...

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June 26, 2014

Beginning a 5th Year Anniversary for PCUSA Earth Care Congregations

Earth Care Congregation 5 year Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake and Singing for Earth Care Congregations at PEC Lunch, June 2014

 

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.

 

 PEC Luncheon Program General Assembly 2014

 

The below thirteen churches will "turn ...

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April 30, 2014

State Notice for Presbyterian Earth Care Congregation

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. 

 

 

Forest Lake Church Garden

Intergenerational Planting at the Forest Lake Church Garden ...

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April 25, 2014

Celebrating Winners of the Cool Congregations Competition with Interfaith Power and Light!

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 ...

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March 25, 2014

Youth activities, mission trips and more: Webster Groves Presbyterian Church cares for God's creation

Webster Groves earth care team

 

Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (MO) formed its Environmental Stewardship Committee in 2011 and developed a mission statement which outlined their intent “to be careful stewards of the environment as we honor God’s covenant with all of creation…”   The committee has worked to minimize the environmental impact of the church and recently became certified by the PCUSA as a new Earth Care Congregation.

 

Webster Groves reusable mugs

 

Among other things, the congregation eliminated the use of styrofoam disposables, established a recycling center, held youth confirmation classes outside, and included confirmands in Earth Care Activities at Mound Ridge Presbyterian camp. 

 

Webster Groves recycling station

 

It also offered Sunday education ...

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