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.
Presbyterians across the country are entering this Holy Week journey mindful of Christ's walk and aware of our connections with God's whole creation. In this evocative time, how do we listen to and with the earth? How do palm branches, the stones on the path, the groaning of creation participate with us in this time of passion?
As you move through Holy Week, here are a few pieces I recommend spending some time with:
Palm Sunday sermon by Earth Care Congregation pastor Jeffrey Geary (White Plains, NY): http://revgeary.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/a-cheering-chanting-dizzy-crowd/
Presbyterians for Earth ...
So far for me this Lent, I am finding it a spiritual practice in and of itself to learn of, and pay attention to, all the many wonderful Lenten resources out there this year. It seems to be a growing movement to connect our inward spiritual disciplines to the broader world that God created and loves.
I have shared with many of you the traditional Lenten resources that I have recommended for years:
This week Village Church's Environmental Action Committee launched its Stop Using Bottled Water during Lent campaign. Following the example of campaigns by the Green Team at Platt Woods UMC in 2012 and by the Earth Shepherds at Second Presbyterian Church in 2013, EAC has placed signs at Drinking Fountains and at Lavatories around the church urging folks to "Stop Using Bottled Water!"
Specifically, our message is this:
Heal the Earth. Save its People. Conserve Water.
Clean Water is a Human Right.
(One 16.9-ounce bottle of water requires 1.5 gallons of tap water)
FOR LENT, STOP USING BOTTLED ...
The 2013 daily calendar "Tread Lightly for Lent" is now available for download. Click here to learn more. Individuals and congregations alike are invited to use this resource as a daily reminder that drawing close to God and caring for God's earth go hand in hand. May your Lenten season be blessed!
As we continue to celebrate Easter and feel the hope and joy of Christ's resurrection, let us continue on our journey that started as Treading Lightly for Lent. The last action on the "Tread Lightly for Lent" calendar read: "Contemplate...