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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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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 http://www.ferncliff.org/.

 

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March 21, 2014

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March 21, 2014

Learning about Faith and Caring for God's World from Jewish and Buddhist Colleagues

I was grateful for the opportunity to learn from Buddhist and Jewish colleagues about their faith stories and traditions that undergird their care of the earth at the early March Louisville-area "Ground for Hope" event co-sponsored by GreenFaith.

 

I was appreciative of the Buddhist silent meditation we did and the encouragement to be mindful. It is so easy to be overcome by unimportant things, to have our senses bombarded with stimuli, that we forget our interrelatedness. In any setting, we can be aware of the connection to one another and to all the world. I enjoyed the idea that the ...

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March 21, 2014

Sharing Interfaith Prayer as We Care for God's Earth

At the March 9th "Ground for Hope" interfaith environmental gathering in Louisville, KY, leaders of local faith communities created and led a beautiful shared prayer time. With each person speaking from his/her authentic place of faith, we heard and shared the ways we believe, look to holy scripture, hear the Divine voice, and embrace our connection to the world around us as part of our faith. I was very moved, heartened, and grounded by this prayerful sharing that started off our day. We were grounded in hope as we then moved into workshops and discussions of exploring the hard ...

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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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March 10, 2014

How to Hold a Green Meeting

Shared for the good of all, by the Earth Care Network of the National Capital Presbytery:

 

How To Hold A Green Meeting

 

“…God's work in creation is too wonderful, too ancient, too beautiful, too good to be desecrated...Restoring creation is God's own work in our time, in which God comes both to judge and to restore...” —PC(USA) Environmental Policy

 

Purpose:  When the National Capital Presbytery holds it meetings, it should model good earth care practices.  The following activities will help the National Capital Presbytery become a better earth care steward. 

 

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