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.
On Sunday May 18, I had the privilege of gathering with this year's young adult Eco-Stewards in Gainesville, FL to explore issues of food, land, water, and faith journeys in the Gainesville area. We had a marvelous time learning about one another and about the local ecosystem as well as discussing how faith connects to the environment.
Eco-Steward Colleen Earp recently published a great reflection on the experience on the Eco-Stewards' blog, and I want to invite you to continue reading it on their blog, and to learn more about this fabulous community:
To begin, Colleen writes, "We toured ...
This afternoon I was talking with colleagues about our children, in relation to feeding them on a Food Stamp Challenge budget. Some of our parental thoughts: What if they don’t like the food? What if they don’t eat the food? What if they ask for seconds? What if they’re embarrassed by what they bring in their sack lunch? How deprived do they feel without any treats or desserts?
Then, I thought about how winter break is only four weeks away and that is a period of TWO WHOLE WEEKS where a parent would have to feed their ...
The House Farm Bill now does not have the conservation focus nor the SNAP benefits that are so clearly needed for environmental and economic care. Please read this Action Alert from our Office of Public Witness, and take action!
How is eating a responsible act of one's faithful discipleship? Beyond Thanksgiving Day, how do we show our gratitude about food? What kind of consumption supports the earth, farmers, and families?
Plan ahead for World Food Day in October with this Food Week of Action information.
And, mark your calendar for next spring's Ecumenical Advocacy Days (also on a sustainable food theme): April 5-8, 2013!
Central Presbyterian Church, located in Atlanta, GA, has set out to make a difference in the ailing environment, and they are succeeding. Last April, the church installed solar thermal collectors, which support Central’s hot water needs. This program was sought after since 2007 when the church established a “go green” drive. Since then, Central has received $14,000 from in house, $2,500 from a special offering at the church’s 150th Birthday, and $14,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta Grants to Greens program. Central has created more opportunities to lessen their carbon footprint by ...