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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 15, 2015

First Presbyterian Tallahassee: Carbon Neutrality, Solar Panels, and "Fossil Free"

 

Reflections from Brant S. Copeland, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL. www.oldfirstchurch.org

 

 FPC Tallahassee solar panels on church roof

 

I have been serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee for almost 30 years.  Throughout my pastorate our congregation has been deeply engaged in environmental stewardship.  In 2006 our Session responded to the General Assembly’s call to become a “carbon neutral” congregation.  We have accomplished this goal through the generosity and dedication of our members. 

 

In order to accomplish our goal we conducted a capital campaign and made major changes in our historic sanctuary and other buildings.  A central feature of our transition ...

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June 26, 2015

Gender, Race, Environment: Ecowomanism

How do gender and race relate to an environmental ethic? The connection between women and the earth is often seen as both empowering and paradoxical. Because of the hierarchical dualisms that function normatively in Christian and Western thought (i.e. spirit vs. body, male vs. female, heaven vs. earth), there are many ways in which the feminine has been devalued within the tradition. At the same time, the connection that women have with the earth has often been celebrated. For example, a parallel is often drawn between an image of a woman as creator, (creative producer of ideas, thoughts, ethical systems, agency, communities, children, adopted children, space, food) and the earth as a “mother” who also creates.

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May 26, 2015

On behalf of the Lummi Nation and Northwest Native Tribes

Submitted by Jessie Dye, Program and Outreach Director, Earth Ministry and Washington Interfaith Power and Light

 

Holly Hallman at May 2015 conference with Lummi Nation and Northwest Native Tribes 

 

Rev. Holly Hallman, Presbyterian teaching elder in the Seattle area, last week delivered a letter from PC(USA) to the Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Lummi Nation and Northwest Native Tribes in a public ceremony with tribal leaders and about 400 people in attendance.
 
Last Thursday and Friday, several tribes from the Northwest held a long-planned joint press conference, ceremony and conference establishing a strong alliance against fossil fuel exports.  At the Thursday night Ceremony at Golden Gardens park in  Seattle ...

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April 29, 2015

Registration Open for Fall 2015 Presbyterians for Earth Care Conference!

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 ...

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March 13, 2015

Earth Day Sunday 2015

"Have you anything here to eat?" 
Sustainable Food in a Changing Climate

Earth Day Sunday 2015 resource

 

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 ...

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