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.
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 ...
"Have you anything here to eat?"
Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate
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 ...
Like many of us whose hearts have been given over to God’s reconciling work in healing the creation, I have heard many, many presentations on climate change. For at least 15 years, I have been intentionally studying and hearing about the science of it, the moral imperative behind it, the actions we can take, and the change we want to accomplish. I do not really tire of any of it. It is always good to be in a place (especially with new language, new people, new context) to affirm the things we have heard and know.
Yet, my body ...
Sometimes it takes getting out of my usual routine and daily surroundings to re-remember why this hard, long justice work consistently calls my name.
The work for climate justice usually feels insurmountable. It is horrifying, intimidating, and heart-breaking. Driving past ash gray and white mountains, from acid rain, that should be brown and green, I cannot imagine how my tiny contributions can help bring back the color that belongs to that landscape. Watching beautiful toddlers giggle and dance while knowing lead poisoning limits their future capacity and growth, I cannot quite draw enough breath. I know it is not only ...
In December 2014, the Presbyterian Hunger Program hosted a reflection-action trip in Lima, Peru with our Joining Hands partner networks in Peru and Bolivia, learning, marching, and observing as the major leaders of the world gather in Lima for the United Nations’ Conference on the Parties (COP-20). PC(USA) continues to work for climate justice. A few possible action steps, learning opportunities, and some Peru-specific resources from the Dec 2014 trip are below.