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.
Rev. Neddy Astudillo regularly incorporates caring for all creation in worship at Parroquia San Jose, a Lutheran and PCUSA congregation in Beloit, WI. This fall, the congregation included a celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi. Neddy writes, "We had a rehabilitated pelican at church. He came to talk to us about Climate change and storms, like the one that through him off course (Katrina), and made him end up in Illinois. He was wounded enough to have a wing amputated, but is now a teacher and such an amazing presence wherever he goes!"
Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church (Stevens Point, WI), did not just begin earth care activities five years ago. Now celebrating the “5th year certification” with the PCUSA national program, church members in this congregation have been active and creatively engaged in environmental stewardship since 2001.
Originally sought out to give feedback to, and to help pilot, the original model of PCUSA Earth Care Congregations back in 2010, Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church showed completed creation care activities across the life of the church (in worship, education, facilities and outreach). And, each year since 2010, they have proven a deeper and broader ...
Colleagues at the PCUSA national offices here in Louisville, KY gathered to plan, lead, and participate in worship yesterday. Worship themes wove together this evocative time of resurrection joy and re-commitment to God's creation-- this week that holds both Easter and Earth Day.
Proclaiming Christ's resurrection, and remembering John 12:24 that uses the metaphor of Christ as a seed that dies to then bring forth much fruit, in worship yesterday we focused on the seeds God is sowing in our own lives.
We read scripture, sang, prayed, shared reflections, planted seeds, and shared communion.
What are you ...
A Webinar from PCUSA Environmental Ministries
Wed. Nov 13, 2013, 2-3pm EDT.
For more information, see the flyer here.
Have you ever wondered what streams of Presbyterian or reformed heritage support a creation care ethic in worship and liturgy? Are you interested in exploring Christian ritual and liturgy that lift up our responsibility to tend the earth? Do you want to hear what others are creating and doing to bring their faith life and their commitment to the world around them together in the worship space? In this one-hour webinar ...
Presbyterian congregations as well as many others are participating this weekend in a national "preach-in" on global warming. In addition to raising the issue of climate change in worship and preaching, churches may send postcards or petitions to President Obama to "love" God's earth (this close to Valentine's Day). My home church is participating in this preach-in and our Earth Care Team is looking forward to good biblical exegesis, wonderful Reformed worship, and fellowship over a soup and bread lunch as we hear more about climate change after worship.
To learn more, go to: http://www.preachin.org/