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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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May 21, 2015

Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge!

In April, dedicated Presbyterians from KS and AL came together to present a webinar on a new "Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge."


Changing lightbulbs for energy efficiency


What would your church do with the saved $ from reducing your utility bills by 10%? Most congregations can easily get to a 10% reduction in energy use, which is great for God's creation AND great for your church budget.


earth care team at Montevallo PC, teaching


If you missed the webinar, you can find the April 2015 webinar at the PHP Webinar page, and all the links: to the webinar itself, as well as to each of the congregations' powerpoints and to the overarching Presbyterian ...

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May 28, 2014

Church "Green Living Practicum" Changes Individual Habits

At Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, TX, a small group study initiated by the Creation Care Team has led to changing individual lives and family lifestyle choices. A group of 10 families gathered to work through David Gershon’s Green Living Handbook over a period of 4 months. 


The purpose of this four month study was to help people understand creation care, change their hearts and become more mindful of their daily habits and ultimately start to do things in a more sustainable way at home, work and church.  Whether it is a question of water consumption, energy use, consumer ...

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May 27, 2014

FPC Athens OH Named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA’s ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition

We celebrate with First Presbyterian Church of Athens, OH as it was recently recognized for its important achievement in energy conservation. It was named Top House of Worship Finisher in EPA'S ENERGYSTAR® National Building Competition! Competitors together have saved more than $100 million on utility bills and prevented 230,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.


First Presbyterian Church of Athens announced that it successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its fourth year, the competition featured buildings from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency ...

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March 24, 2014

Celebrating Ferncliff's Eco-Center Dedication!

Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center recently hosted the national conference of Presbyterians for Earth Care (October 2013) and for years has been making numerous environmental changes. We celebrate the recent completion and upcoming dedication of its Eco-Center. I saw it in person last October and was duly impressed. I'm very thankful for this witness at a Presbyterian camp, and for all the hard work of so many who were involved.


 Fencliff Eco-Center dedication invitation


See the press release below, and/or learn about Ferncliff at



March 21, 2014


The largest straw bale building in ...

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March 18, 2014

Nashua Presbyterian Church, "the Church in the Woods"

Nashua Presbyterian Church in the woods

The PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program welcomes newly certified Earth Care Congregation Nashua Presbyterian Church (NH).  When this congregation was chartered as a PCUSA church and built its sanctuary in 1997, they chose to build it back from the road - in the woods.  They call themselves "The Church in the Woods." Because of their love of the woods and adjoining wetlands on their 13 acres, they built with a care for the environment and continue to treasure this gift of part of God's creation.


Having built an energy efficient building, they have since added:  a memorial garden, nine flower ...

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