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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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June 9, 2015

Eco-Stewards Visioning Retreat

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The Eco-Stewards Program is a community that shapes young adult leaders through environmental action, faith formation, vocational discernment and place-based learning. Growing out of Presbyterians concerned about earth care and committed to outdoor education and camping, this informal network of Presbyterian and ecumenical young adults has gathered annually to share faith journeys, experience God's creation, and learn about local environmental and social justice issues in a particular area of the country. Past programs have been located in rural West Virginia, Montana’s Crow Reservation, Boston/Vermont, Portland, Oregon and Gainesville, Florida. Eco-Stewards' past participants have been camp staff, seminary ...

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July 7, 2014

Reflection from Eco-Stewards in Gainesville, FL

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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.


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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 ...

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February 6, 2014

Calling Young Adult Eco-Stewards Who Are Interested in Food Justice!

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This year’s place-based program explores the connection of communities to the land as we look at how Gainesville, Florida utilizes its surrounding natural resources to build life-giving, meaningful relationships. Our time will focus primarily on the interconnected food and water webs of North Central Florida. Our trip will include discussions on local food, faith, nutrition, workers’ rights, intentional Christian communities, sustainability, and the ever-pressing water issues faced by much of this region. The week will consist of service, community dialogue, and an exploration of local areas including but not limited to community gardens producing food for homeless shelters, a ...

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May 3, 2012

Eco-Justice on College Campus

Young adults, faith and the environment: take a look at what this ecumenical ministry is doing for eco-justice!


"For this semester, we are meeting in the ECM at 5pm on Fridays.  The current projects we are concentrating on are working to finish the Eco-Walk project in the Haskell wetlands north of 31st street (due largely to an amazing gift from Elizabeth Schultz!), working with the low-income weatherization programs for Lawrence to increase the use by local residents, and researching the possibilities of duplicating the efforts from elsewhere in the country to impliment a local carbon tax. We are also attempting ...

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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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