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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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February 22, 2013

Earth Care church spotlight: Bayfield Presbyterian Church

Bayfield Presbyterian Church, ecumenical Blessing of the Fleet, June 2012


Bayfield Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, WI is one of the 100+ PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations. Bayfield Presbyterian is located only a few block from the shore of beautiful Lake Superior. This congregation has a long tradition of appreciating and caring for this incredible example of God’s Creation.


Bayfield Presbyterian has taken many steps to make the church more energy efficient and they are continuing to add new programs to help members learn how to be more sustainable. Pastor David Oliver-Holder stated, “ I am so amazed by how many members of our church are involved in community sustainability efforts."

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August 29, 2011

"Rethinking Our Rivers" From the Eco-Stewards

There is another new blog post on the Eco-Stewards Program blog from Eco-Steward Josh Campbell.  In the post "Rethinking Our Rivers" Josh reflects on learning about how poor environmental practices affect human health during the Eco-Stewards Program in Montana, and the eco-justice issues related to this.  Read Josh's inspiring post, learn about eco-justice and how human health is affected by environmental issues in your area, and meditate on how your faith calls you to respond to these issues.

The Eco-Stewards Program for young adults, which took place in Montana in June, focused on connecting faith and environmental stewardship in ...

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August 10, 2011

Montreat Conference Center Celebrates Green Leaf Seal and Solar Hot Water

Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina is one of twenty Presbyterian camp and conference centers in the country to have received the 2011 Green Leaf Seal from Environmental Ministries and the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.  Last week Montreat celebrated its Green Leaf Seal recognition and the completion of a solar hot water system for the center’s Assembly Inn.  Read a press release about the event on Montreat’s blog.

The solar hot water system was installed by FLS Energy, and since Montreat has entered into a Solar Energy Purchase Agreement with FLS, there was no capital ...

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August 2, 2011

Portland Church Works with Community Towards Environmental Change

As part of Church Earth Care Stories, Reverend Linda Stewart-Kalen, pastor of Colonial Height Presbyterian Church, was interviewed so that her church’s story could be shared. Located in Portland, Oregon, Colonial Heights banded together with their community to tackle a growing problem, water run-off.

We worked with the city to look at a problem in our area and try to fix it. We quickly found that water run-off was a problem, so we set to raising money and making a plan to stop water run-off. We received $5000 from a grant and raised $7000 internally, which was a great ...

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July 27, 2011

Tell the House to Protect Creation and Communities

The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program sent the action alert below.

This week the House is considering a bill that would reduce funding for clean air and clean water by more than 15 percent forcing communities around the country to deal with water pollution from other states and more kids vulnerable to asthma. We are called to be good stewards of God’s good Earth and to protect vulnerable populations in particular from harm. Over the last 40 year, we have experienced an increase in air and water quality due in part to government policy that sets strong standards ...

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