Earth Care Congregations

Earth Care CongregationsIs your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches to find ideas for earth care projects.

To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the Earth Care Pledge and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Submit your application (see below “getting started”) January 1-February 15 of the calendar year in which you’d like to be certified.

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Getting started: Earth Care Congregations applications

Get started on the path to becoming an Earth Care Congregation or find re-certification materials by downloading “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”

NOTE: The annual enrollment/recertification period is January 1-February 15. You may begin submitting your application at the start of the New Year. Applications are accepted through February 15.

To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation in the first year, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Earth Care Congregation First Year Application (excel form) is to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to jessica.maudlin@pcusa.org.

To become re-certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church tracks its continued commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Progress in each of the areas should be marked since the time of the last certification. The Earth Care Congregation Recertification Application (excel form) is to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to jessica.maudlin@pcusa.org.

Going interfaith

As an option for churches that would like to take advantage of additional resources, coaching, and interfaith connections, Environmental Ministries has partnered with GreenFaith to invite Presbyterian congregations to consider this interfaith certification program. Going through GreenFaith’s two year intensive will count for PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation certification and will enable participating churches to raise effective environmental leaders, reduce their operating expenses, and attract new members. Click here to learn more about the resources, webinars, and collaboration between Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith.  To listen to a recording of a webinar that introduces the GreenFaith program, click here.


Green Leaf Seal camps

You won’t be surprised to know that much of our learning about God’s creation, our practice at being faithful members of God’s natural world, and our inspiration to keep doing more for environmental justice is happening at Presbyterian camps and conference centers! We celebrate and lift up these Presbyterian camps and conference centers who were certified with the Green Leaf Seal, administered between PCCCA and Environmental Ministries between 2009-2016 (with support from PEC for years before that as well). As more camps naturally incorporate environmental education, farming and gardening practices, and other green elements, the Green Leaf Seal program is in discernment with PCCCA and Presbyterian camp and conference centers. Meanwhile we give thanks for the “early adopters” and lift them up as examples! 

Green Leaf Seal camps and conference centers are:
Buc Outdoor Center, Sapphire, NC
Calvin Center, Hampton, GA
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville, VA
Camp Kintail, Ontario, CANADA
Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, Roscommon, MI
Camp Wilmot, Wilmot, NH
Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center, Lithia, FL
Cherokee Retreat Center, White, GA
Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, Slippery Rock, PA
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, Little Rock, AR
Gilmont Camp and Conference Center, Gilmer, TX
Heartland Presbyterian Center, Parkville, MO
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center, Allenspark, CO
Holmes Camp and Conference Center, Holmes, NY
Hopewell Camp and Conference Center, Oxford, MS
John Knox Center, Ten Mile, TN
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR
Montgomery Presbyterian Center, Stake, FL
Montreat Confernece Center, Montreat, NC
Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Cook Station, MO
Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, Hunt, TX
Presbytery Point Camp, Republic, MI
Pyoca Camp, Conference and Retreat Center, Brownstown, IN
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY
Tall Timber Ranch, Leavenworth, WA
Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA

The following churches are certified as Earth Care Congregations:

  • Bardstown Road Presbyterian, Louisville KY
  • Bayfield Presbyterian Church, Bayfield WI
  • Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain NC
  • Black River Presbyterian Church, Ivanhoe NC
  • Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg VA
  • Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda MD
  • Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, Brevard NC
  • Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr PA
  • Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX
  • Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Catonsville MD
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Waxahachie TX
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Atlanta GA
  • Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington DC
  • Christ Church Uniting Disciples & Presbyterians (CCU), Kailua HI
  • Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville NJ
  • Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill NC
  • Church of the Covenant, Boston MA
  • Church of the Pilgrims, Washington DC
  • Churchville Presbyterian Church, Churchville MD
  • Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oregon, Portland OR
  • Common Ground Church Community, North Lima OH
  • Country Peace Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Pioneer Parish, Superior WI
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Athens GA
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Johnson City TN
  • Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, Louisville KY
  • Culver City Presbyterian Church, Culver City CA
  • Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson NC
  • Davis Community Church, Davis CA
  • Dorchester Presbyterian Church, Summerville SC
  • Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic FL
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bedford TX
  • Fairmount Presbyterian, Cleveland Heights OH
  • Faith Presbyterian Church Baltimore, Baltimore MD
  • Fellowship Presbyterian Church (USA), Huntsville AL
  • First Prebyterian Church Clarks Summit, Clarks Summit PA
  • First Prebyterian Church of Jackson, Ohio, Jackson OH
  • First Presbyterian Church, Haddon Heights NJ
  • First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach FL
  • First Presbyterian Church, South St. Paul MN
  • First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville IN
  • First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence KS
  • First Presbyterian Church, Delaware OH
  • First Presbyterian Church, Monticello IL
  • First Presbyterian Church, Conway AR
  • First Presbyterian Church, KalamazooMI
  • First Presbyterian Church, Livingston AL
  • First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater OK
  • First Presbyterian Church – Henderson, TX, HendersonTX
  • First Presbyterian Church Asheville, Asheville NC
  • First Presbyterian Church Brandon, Brandon FL
  • First Presbyterian Church Logan, Logan UT
  • First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Annapolis MD
  • First Presbyterian Church of Bend, Bend OR
  • First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Champaign Il
  • First Presbyterian Church of Concord, Concord NC
  • First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, Cooperstown NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, MI, Decatur MI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown KY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hector, Hector NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hoopeston, Hoopeston IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, MD, Columbia MD
  • First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, Ithaca NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Jackson TN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Libertyville IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Marshfield, Marshfield WI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridge TN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, Plymouth MI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Richardson TX
  • First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, Rumson NJ
  • First Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino, San Bernardino CA
  • First Presbyterian Church of Sandpoint, Sandpoint ID
  • First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake NY
  • First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Stillwater MN
  • First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, Tecumseh MI
  • First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, Champaign IL
  • First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Waco TX
  • First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, Wooster OH
  • First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights NY
  • First Presbyterian Church, Deland, Deland FL
  • First Presbyterian Church, Edwardsville, Edwardsville IL
  • First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne IN
  • First Presbyterian of Palo Alto, Palo Alto CA
  • First Presbyterian, Little Rock, Little Rock AR
  • First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville AR
  • First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville AR
  • Flagstaff Federated Community Church, Flagstaff AZ
  • Florissant Presbyterian Church, Florissant MO
  • Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, Cleveland Heights OH
  • Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC
  • Fort King Presbyterian Church, Ocala FL
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL
  • Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Stevens Point WI
  • Fredonia Presbyterian Church, Fredonia NY
  • Gautier Presbyterian Church, Gautier MS
  • Geneva Presbyterian Church, Potomac MD
  • Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw PA
  • Glenville Presbyterian Church, Glenville WV
  • Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, South Easton MA
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian,  Asheville NC
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park KS
  • Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian, Louisville KY
  • Highlands United Presbyterian Church, Cheyenne WY
  • Hillsborough Presbyterian, Hillsborough NC
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church – PCUSA, Montgomery AL
  • Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham AL
  • Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, Bordentown NJ
  • John Knox Presbyterian Church, Florissant MO
  • Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, Portland OR
  • Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, Cary NC
  • Knox Presbyterian Church, Falls church VA
  • Korean Church of Boston, Brookline MA
  • Light Street Presbyterian Church, Baltimore MD
  • Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Lyndhurst OH
  • Macalester-Plymouth United Church, Saint Paul MN
  • Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson MD
  • McGregor Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia SC
  • Mid-coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham ME
  • Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland CA
  • Montevallo Presbyterian Church, Montevallo AL
  • Montreat Presbyterian Church, Montreat NC
  • Nashua Presbyterian Church, Nashua NH
  • New Hope Presbyterian, Derwood MD
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Charles MO
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga TN
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Asheville NC
  • New Life Presbyterian, Albuquerque NM
  • New Life Presbyterian Church, Roseville MN
  • New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville TN
  • Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue WA
  • North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian, Anderson NC
  • North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville NY
  • Northern Light United Church, Juneau AK
  • Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia PA
  • Old South Presbyterian Church, Newburyport MA
  • Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Orchard Park NY
  • Oswego Presbyterian Church, Oswego IL
  • Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse NY
  • Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg PA
  • Plumsted Presbyterian Church, New Egypt NJ
  • Presbyterian Church in Morristown, Morristown NJ
  • Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, Chatham NJ
  • Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, Burnsville MN
  • Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax VA
  • Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte NC
  • Radcliff Presbyterian Church, Radcliff KY
  • Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL
  • River Glen Presbyterian Church, Naperville IL
  • Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, Saint Albans WV
  • Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville FL
  • Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami FL
  • Rockville United Church, Rockville MD
  • Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Overland Park KS
  • Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX
  • Saint James Presbyterian Church, Bellingham WA
  • Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, North Bethesda MD
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock AR
  • Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis MO
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City MO
  • Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC
  • Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church, Loomis CA
  • Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Shepherdstown WV
  • Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsburg PA
  • Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh PA
  • Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton OR
  • Springdale Presbyterian Church, Louisville KY
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Boulder CO
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (USA), Longview TX
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Tucker GA
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock VA
  • St. Mark Presbyterian, Newport Beach CA
  • State College Presbyterian Church, State College PA
  • The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, Caldwell NJ
  • The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, The Woodlands TX
  • Towson Presbyterian Church, Towson MD
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg VA
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton TX
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney TX
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wilmington DE
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Nashville TN
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn, Berwyn PA
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, East Brunswick NJ
  • United Presbyterian Church, Cleburne TX
  • United Presbyterian Church of East Guilford, Sidney NY
  • Unity Presbyterian, Denver NC
  • Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute IN
  • Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village KS
  • Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington MD
  • Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, Wauwatosa WI
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Webster Groves MO
  • Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster TX
  • Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, Seattle WA
  • West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
  • Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
  • Westminster Presbyterian, Dayton OH
  • Westminster Presbyterian, Gainesville FL
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis MN
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Eugene OR
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portage MI
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville VA
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln NE
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin TX
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Springfield IL
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Nashville TN
  • White Memorial Presbyterian, Raleigh NC
  • White Plains Presbyterian Church, White Plains NY
  • Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg VA
  • Woodlawn Chapel, Wildwood MO

We commend these congregations for their commitment to caring for God’s earth.

See a map of Earth Care Congregations

For more information

Contact Environmental Ministries with any questions about the Earth Care Congregations Program.

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