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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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November 13, 2015

Paris Lies Ahead: the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP21)

By Gary Payton


Paris lies ahead.  And, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) across the nation will be faithfully following developments of COP21, the shorthand for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Heads of State; national negotiators; leaders of global faith communities, environmental organizations, and businesses; all come together from November 30 until December 11. The goal is straightforward: craft an international agreement to combat climate change (keep global warming below 2 degrees C) and accelerate the just transition to low-carbon societies and economies.


An international ...

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October 23, 2015

Powerful Faith Statement on Final Clean Power Plan!

PC(USA)'s main ecumenical environmental partner is Creation Justice Ministries. Formerly the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Working Group, Creation Justice Ministries is a great team of individuals representing myriad denominations. We are thankful for our common work, and for this powerful statement. (Click here to download a nicely formatted pdf to share around!)


October 23, 2015
(Washington, DC) - Creation Justice Ministries welcomes and celebrates the release of the final version of the Clean Power Plan.


As Christians, we are acutely aware of the threats posed by a changing climate. Already, we have seen rising floodwaters, severe droughts, relentless ...

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October 22, 2015

St. Francis of Assisi Celebration at Parroquia San Jose

Rev. Neddy Astudillo regularly incorporates caring for all creation in worship at Parroquia San Jose, a Lutheran and PCUSA congregation in Beloit, WI. This fall, the congregation included a celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi. Neddy writes, "We had a rehabilitated pelican at church. He came to talk to us about Climate change and storms, like the one that through him off course (Katrina), and made him end up in Illinois. He was wounded enough to have a wing amputated, but is now a teacher and such an amazing presence wherever he goes!"


rehabilitated pelican at church for an earth care worship service



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October 16, 2015

People's Climate Marches Oct 2015

2015 has been and promises to continue to be a key year in organizing for climate action and climate justice, in the United States and around the world. It has been a rich time of reflection adn action, with Pope Francis' papal encyclical in June, Pope Francis' visit to the United States this fall (here is one Presbyterian's reflection on the papal visit), fall climate marches and rallies, and with the upcoming United Nations COP 21 in Paris (click here for climate actions to follow in conjunction with the COP 21).


This week, on October 14, 2015, there were ...

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October 14, 2015

Blessings of the Ways We Get to Work

Today people all across the country in over 200 people's climate gatherings--will march to ask for meaningful climate action. Today is the middle day of the Food Week of Action, connected to World Food Day. And, today, employees of the PC(USA) gathered at the national offices of 100 Witherspoon St, Louisville, KY to bless bikes, bus passes, car keys, and bodies that walk, run or ride to work!



two bikes creating a liturgical space at PCUSA

Forming liturgical space with bikes, car keys, and bus passes at PCUSA National Offices, Oct 2015



 Here is the liturgy we used for this morning's gathering outside the front ...

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