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.
Last Sunday, in appreciation of the papal encyclical on the environment, local churches rang bells while other people of faith gathered in Rome for a global march. These efforts came under an umbrella called "One Earth! One Family!" and came from diverse people.
Members of Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (IL), a PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregation, gathered to ring their church bell Sunday.
Meanwhile, Presbyterian minister Neddy Astudillo and others gathered in Rome for a solidarity march. See photos of the One Earth One Family march.
How do gender and race relate to an environmental ethic? The connection between women and the earth is often seen as both empowering and paradoxical. Because of the hierarchical dualisms that function normatively in Christian and Western thought (i.e. spirit vs. body, male vs. female, heaven vs. earth), there are many ways in which the feminine has been devalued within the tradition. At the same time, the connection that women have with the earth has often been celebrated. For example, a parallel is often drawn between an image of a woman as creator, (creative producer of ideas, thoughts, ethical systems, agency, communities, children, adopted children, space, food) and the earth as a “mother” who also creates.
On Thursday June 18, Pope Francis released the long-anticipated papal encyclical on the environment. In this profound pastoral statement, Pope Francis affirmed all creatures as beloved by God, the interconnection of environmental, economic and social systems, and our human responsibility to care for the world around us. Presbyterian General Assemblies have passed many environmental resolutions on caring for God's creation, acting on everything from water and land use to energy and climate change, while congregations, church institutions, and individual Presbyterians are committed to earth care as part of daily discipleship. PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons said in response ...
Last week, Pope Francis released the long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment. In response, PC(USA) Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons posted this affirmation of Pope Francis' message.
June 18, 2015
We celebrate the faithful witness and words of Pope Francis today as he encourages responsible, loving care for God’s creation in the release of his papal encyclical Laudato Sii. We affirm its echo of the great St. Francis’ reverence for nature. At the same ...
Great thanks to the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, pulling together a long and helpful list of articles about Pope Francis' encyclical!
You can read the encyclical on the Vatican site:
There are a number of resources on the Forum site (fore.yale.edu) to provide you more information on the encyclical, including “Frequently Asked Questions on the Papal Encyclical,” a video recording and transcript of the Yale panel discussion entitled “Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters,” and news articles that address ...