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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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May 16, 2016

Earth Care Congregations celebrating Earth Day 2016: Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney (TX)

Members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney (TX) used April as an opportunity to focus on their commitments to care for God's creation. They hosted a large Earth Care Sunday celebration on April 10th, after the previous week's "Texas Trash Off" where 12 church members helped the city clean up trash in a creek bed.

 

Trinity PC participats in Trash Off for City of MicKinney, TX 

 

The Sunday celebration included worship in which Old Testament scholar and geologist Phyllis Tippit preached on the earth belonging to everyone, and a church member shared a moving Moment for Mission on the affect of plastics on the ocean and environment.

 

During the Sunday School hour, the church had a focus on "Changing the Conversation about Creation Care."

 

Farm freh eggs from a church member for church breakfast 

 

In between services, an organic and locally sourced breakfast (including eggs from a church member's farm) was served while Texas Interfaith and Plano Solar Advocates hosted conversations and booths. Trinity's earth care team sold reusable bags and new reusable water bottles, to reduce plastic consumption. Two of the church's Good Earth Gardeners also had a table to share about the benefits of gardening.

 

selling reusable bags and bottles for Trinity PC McKinney TX 

 

As one of nearly 200 certified PCUSA Earth Care Congregations, Trinity continues to do its part to care well for God's good creation in McKinney, Texas!

 

 

 

 

Categories: Earth Care Congregations

Tags: earth care congregations, earth day sunday 2016


May 11, 2016

Coal Terminal Victory

written by Gary Payton, Presbyterian attendee of the Paris COP21 and active in regional and Presbyterian environmental concerns

 

In an historic decision on Monday, May 9th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied necessary permits for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility located at Cherry Point, Washington. The Army Corps agreed with the Lummi Nation that building a 48 million ton per year coal terminal would have adverse impacts upon the Lummi Nation's fishing rights and way of life.  By denying permits for the largest proposed coal export terminal in North America, Army Corps upheld ...

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May 8, 2016

Earth Care Congregations celebrating Earth Day 2016: Hunter Presbyterian Church of Lexington KY

In a variety of ways, all across the country, Presbyterians celebrated Earth Day. In small and large congregations, in community celebrations or in church worship, certified Earth Care Congregations used the opportunity of Earth Day as a way to care for God's good creation. Here are four snapshots, sharing one a day:

 

Hunter PC youth preaching Earth Day Sunday: Jessica Daniel, Zach Gilbert. Thomas Hulse, and Matthew Durant. Photo by James Bush.

 

Hunter Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY), Earth Day Sunday intergenerational worship service, 2016

Our liturgists today are: Jessica Daniel, Matthew Durant, Zachary Gilbert and Thomas Hulse

 

Congratulations to ...

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May 7, 2016

Earth Care Congregations celebrating Earth Day 2016: Westminster Presbyterian Church (Wilmington)

In a variety of ways, all across the country, Presbyterians celebrated Earth Day. In small and large congregations, in community celebrations or in church worship, certified Earth Care Congregations used the opportunity of Earth Day as a way to care for God's good creation.

 

 

Westminster PC Wilmington Earth Day 2016 plant sale (photos by Gary Bryde)

Westminster Presbyterian Church (Wilmington, DE), Earth Day Extravaganza

 

Westminster’s Earth Care Team is sponsoring engaging activities for all
ages at the 10am hour on April 24th, celebrating Earth Day. Please join
us for learning and fun!


Have some close encounters with WILD ...

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May 6, 2016

Earth Care Congregations celebrating Earth Day 2016: First Presbyterian Church of Henderson (TX)

In a variety of ways, all across the country, Presbyterians celebrated Earth Day. In small and large congregations, in community celebrations or in church worship, certified Earth Care Congregations used the opportunity of Earth Day as a way to care for God's good creation. Here are four snapshots, sharing one a day over the next few days:

 

 

FPC Henderson TX prayers for God's creation

First Presbyterian Church-Henderson, A Designated “Green Congregation” Holds Service to Honor & Recognize Earth Day


HENDERSON, TX- Earth Day, April 22 -- the day globally set aside since 1970 to acknowledge environmental issues and to think ...

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