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.
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. With this trip, we hoped to help U.S. Presbyterians committed to environmental, energy and climate justice to know more about, and stand in solidarity with, our partners on the ground in Peru. These partners are battling extractive mines, glacier melt, and other social-environmental areas of concern, such as lead poisoning in children. We examined root causes of hunger, poverty and environmental destruction, all of which are linked one to the other. We watched as the ...
Christians and other people of faith gathered yesterday on 58th Street and 8th Ave in New York City, to raise a voice of concern for God's creation as the most vulnerable populations suffer daily from the impact of climate change. Just a few days preceding a special Climate Summit called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations, people of faith and hundreds of thousands of others showed up to demonstrate serious concern about the lack of policy and action that will really make a difference in the face of the climate crisis.
Here are some snapshots of Presbyterians ...
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
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 ...