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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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January 23, 2015

Earth Care Church Stories

This page is a collection of stories that have been printed on this blog about our PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations and other earth-caring congregations. You can also find these stories through clicking various categories on the right sidebar menu (for instance if you are looking for "food" or "climate" or "education" stories about churches). However, this list seems somewhat easier to navigate if you are looking for a particular church and location, without scrolling through the 20 some pages of "church earth care stories," page by page).

 

2014 stories- 5th year anniversary congregations

 

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January 22, 2015

Save the Date: PCUSA Earth Care Congregation Summit 2015

September 15-18, 2015 at Montreat Conference Center, Presbyterians for Earth Care is offering a conference "Down-to-Earth Advocacy and Action." PHP’s Environmental Ministries is considering this conference the 2015 Summit for Earth Care Congregations, hoping earth care teams can send representation to the PEC conference in order to learn, connect, and become inspired to take the work back home into local congregations and communities.

 

Earth Care Congregations will benefit greatly from a wide variety of educational, skill-building, and inspirational workshops, plenary sessions, and networking opportunities throughout the PEC Conference. In addition to being active participants in the offerings of the ...

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January 20, 2015

Religious Studies and Science, Technology and Society

By Sarah Jeanne Shimer

 

This winter break, much like any other break from college, I frequently encounter the questions “Where are you in school?” and “What are you studying?” Once I explain that Colby College is a small, liberal arts school in Waterville, Maine and answer questions about how much snow is on the ground, I then move on to answer what I’m studying. Religious Studies and Science, Technology, and Society with a focus in Environmental Studies. About halfway through this mouthful, I usually get a look of surprise, quickly morphing into confusion, then followed by comments such as ...

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December 10, 2014

Glacier! by Colleen Earp

On Sunday we visited Huaytapallana glacier, up around 15,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru. It wasn’t just the altitude that had me short of breath and dizzy though; this was a truly awesome sight.

 

The glacier itself has very sadly lost a great deal of its mass, and is predicted to be gone completely in less than two decades. It was small, tucked on the top of a beautiful peak, overlooking a lagoon and thin waterfall comprised of its own melt water, beside an enormous, still valley. The entire scene was completely breathtaking ...

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December 10, 2014

Trip Reflections by Colleen Earp

The Presbyterian Hunger Program delegation to Peru has been an amazing journey thus far. On Saturday, we stopped in La Oroya, a town badly affected by local mining and smelting projects carried out by international corporations. A local man named Wilmer met with our group to tell us about some of the social, political, and economic issues related to the environmental problems.

 

We learned that in addition to acid rain, poisoned rivers, and respiratory illness from the mining process there are many other difficult situations happening in this area in the Andes. The transition from mostly agriculture to mostly mining ...

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