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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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April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day 2014!

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof! - Psalm 24:1

 

Thanks be to God for resurrection joy and the gift of this good creation. In this week of Easter, we give thanks for new life, for life over death, and for the hope that pervades the hard realities of pain and suffering. Taking Christ's witness and love into the world, may we celebrate this Earth Day today, during our Earth Day Sunday worship services (whenever they might be most fitting), and in daily commitments in our personal lives.

 

Resources to celebrate this Earth Day:

 

 Blessings and peace to you in this special week, and throughout the year!

Categories: Environment

Tags: action, advocacy, earth day, earth day sunday, environmental commitments, mission yearbook, presbtyerians, statistics, water


April 14, 2014

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Caring for all God's Earth

Presbyterians across the country are entering this Holy Week journey mindful of Christ's walk and aware of our connections with God's whole creation. In this evocative time, how do we listen to and with the earth? How do palm branches, the stones on the path, the groaning of creation participate with us in this time of passion?

 

As you move through Holy Week, here are a few pieces I recommend spending some time with:

 

Palm Sunday sermon by Earth Care Congregation pastor Jeffrey Geary (White Plains, NY): http://revgeary.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/a-cheering-chanting-dizzy-crowd/

 

 Presbyterians for Earth ...

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March 28, 2014

New Curriculum from Northwest Earth Institute

The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has announced its new discussion course book, Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability, available for pre-order now.

 

Seeing Systems empowers participants to recognize and respond to the interconnected systems of the world, making effective community action both real and achievable. Designed for use in the classroom and with community groups and faith communities, Seeing Systems offers people a unique opportunity to gather with others to reflect on the state of local and global affairs; discuss how we as individuals can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world; and then advocate on the issues ...

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March 26, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas resource online

A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.

 

You can go to this resource to see a world map and to sort by company, country, or issue. The site also includes reports and links to other world-wide Environmental Justice groups.

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March 25, 2014

Youth activities, mission trips and more: Webster Groves Presbyterian Church cares for God's creation

 

Webster Groves Presbyterian Church (MO) formed its Environmental Stewardship Committee in 2011 and developed a mission statement which outlined their intent “to be careful stewards of the environment as we honor God’s covenant with all of creation…”   The committee has worked to minimize the environmental impact of the church and recently became certified by the PCUSA as a new Earth Care Congregation.

 

 

Among other things, the congregation eliminated the use of styrofoam disposables, established a recycling center, held youth confirmation classes outside, and included confirmands in Earth Care Activities at Mound Ridge Presbyterian camp. 

 

 

It also offered Sunday education ...

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