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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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August 25, 2015

Sept 1 World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Designated by Orthodox communities through Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios in 1989, recently instituted as "World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation" by Pope Francis, and even more recently by the World Council of Churches, we are encouraged to set aside September 1 as a day to pray for all God’s people and whole creation.


Thanks to pastors at Limestone Presbyterian Church for providing this wonderful bulletin insert that churches or individuals may use for prayer on September 1st--or the Sunday preceding or following--to join in this world day of prayer.


Bulletin Insert materials:

September 1st – World Day of Prayer ...

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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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June 23, 2015

Papal Encyclical

On Thursday June 18, Pope Francis released the long-anticipated papal encyclical on the environment. In this profound pastoral statement, Pope Francis affirmed all creatures as beloved by God, the interconnection of environmental, economic and social systems, and our human responsibility to care for the world around us. Presbyterian General Assemblies have passed many environmental resolutions on caring for God's creation, acting on everything from water and land use to energy and climate change, while congregations, church institutions, and individual Presbyterians are committed to earth care as part of daily discipleship. PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons said in response ...

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June 23, 2015

PCUSA Welcomes Papal Encyclical

Last week, Pope Francis released the long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment. In response, PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons posted this affirmation of Pope Francis' message.


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) welcomes the release of Pope Francis’ papal encyclical Laudato Sii

June 18, 2015

We celebrate the faithful witness and words of Pope Francis today as he encourages responsible, loving care for God’s creation in the release of his papal encyclical Laudato Sii. We affirm its echo of the great St. Francis’ reverence for nature. At the same ...

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June 23, 2015

Articles on Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment

Great thanks to the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, pulling together a long and helpful list of articles about Pope Francis' encyclical!


You can read the encyclical on the Vatican site:

There are a number of resources on the Forum site ( to provide you more information on the encyclical, including “Frequently Asked Questions on the Papal Encyclical,” a video recording and transcript of the Yale panel discussion entitled “Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters,” and news articles that address ...

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