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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 9, 2014

Ohio "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" Issue Press Release

The below press release has been released by the faith communities involved in Ohio's "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" (FaCT):

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ron Prosek

PHONE NUMBER: 440-974-2035

EMAIL: rprosek.fact@gmail.com

 

July 8, 2014

 

Ohio Faith Communities urge Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to restore Ohio’s Energy Standards that were frozen recently by SB 310

 

AKRON, OH.  FaCT [Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness] unanimously adopts letter in opposition to recently-enacted SB 310.

 

At its recent June meeting at First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron, FaCT – Fa ...

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July 7, 2014

Reflection from Eco-Stewards in Gainesville, FL

eco-stewards logo

On Sunday May 18, I had the privilege of gathering with this year's young adult Eco-Stewards in Gainesville, FL to explore issues of food, land, water, and faith journeys in the Gainesville area. We had a marvelous time learning about one another and about the local ecosystem as well as discussing how faith connects to the environment.

 

ecostewards hike

 

Eco-Steward Colleen Earp recently published a great reflection on the experience on the Eco-Stewards' blog, and I want to invite you to continue reading it on their blog, and to learn more about this fabulous community:

 

To begin, Colleen writes, "We toured ...

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May 2, 2014

Carbon Offsets for General Assembly this June!

General Assembly carbon offset poster

 

This year, as in part years, PCUSA is offsetting some of the General Assembly's carbon emissions by investing in family forestland in Appalachia. Worship, committee, exhibit hall and plenary spaces will be offset, so that the greenhouse gases emitted by our use of lights, air conditioning and other energy is "offset" by our investment in developing new renewable sources of energy in Appalachian forests.

 

This year, as a new development, commissioners and staff and observers now also have an opportunity to participate by offsetting their travel and hotel rooms! Included in the registration process is an option to offset ...

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May 1, 2014

Disappearing Wetland Communities and a Church Calling for Change

Bayou Blue church visit

 

Last month I visited, along with other members of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, in Gray, Louisiana. We learned about the concerns and passions unique to their part of God's creation. This hospitable, warm, and loving congregation shared much with us, including their deep grief about what is happening in the wetlands around them.

 

As seems to be the case in many of our "human ingenuity" endeavors, it is after channels have been carved into wetlands for oil drilling (allowing salt water intrusion) and after experiencing natural disasters like hurricanes (which push on ...

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April 24, 2014

Easter and Earth Day worship at PCUSA National Offices

Easter and earth day worship at PCUSA

Colleagues at the PCUSA national offices here in Louisville, KY gathered to plan, lead, and participate in worship yesterday. Worship themes wove together this evocative time of resurrection joy and re-commitment to God's creation-- this week that holds both Easter and Earth Day.

 

Easter and earth day worship at PCUSA

 

Proclaiming Christ's resurrection, and remembering John 12:24 that uses the metaphor of Christ as a seed that dies to then bring forth much fruit, in worship yesterday we focused on the seeds God is sowing in our own lives. 

 

Easter and earth day worship at PCUSA

 

 We read scripture, sang, prayed, shared reflections, planted seeds, and shared communion.

 

Easter and earth day worship at PCUSA

 

What are you ...

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