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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 11, 2016

Coal Terminal Victory

written by Gary Payton, Presbyterian attendee of the Paris COP21 and active in regional and Presbyterian environmental concerns


In an historic decision on Monday, May 9th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied necessary permits for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility located at Cherry Point, Washington. The Army Corps agreed with the Lummi Nation that building a 48 million ton per year coal terminal would have adverse impacts upon the Lummi Nation's fishing rights and way of life.  By denying permits for the largest proposed coal export terminal in North America, Army Corps upheld ...

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April 18, 2016

Fair Trade and the Environment

Written by Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Enough for Everyone, Presbyterian Hunger Program


The PC(USA) has been involved in issues of Fair Trade since the Presbyterian Coffee Project began in 2001. Fair Trade is a “trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, disadvantaged producers and workers — especially in the [Global] South.”
World Fair Trade Day, started in 2001 by WFTO members, falls on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide ...

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February 24, 2016

Ecumenical Statement on Flint

Creation Justice Ministries, our ecumenical roundtable of denominations working for care of God's creation--formerly the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Program, helped us pull together a statement in response to the Flint crisis. The issues surrounding the Flint situation are complex, multi-faceted, serious, and urgent. We continue to compile resources as we're able and to vision how we can think and respond most effectively to issues of environmental racism, democracy, water privatization, children's health, and more.


Christian Communities Call for Swift Government Action to Heal Injuries Inflicted on the People of Flint, Michigan
“But seek the welfare ...

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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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