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Download a study guide on biblical and theological Foundations for Eco-Justice
Is your church starting to explore eco-justice and earth care issues or looking for an interesting adult class topic? A new study guide, made to accompany And the Leaves of the Tree Are for the Healing of the Nations, helps your church explore biblical and theological foundations for eco-justice and caring for God’s earth. Use the new accompanying study guide for adult classes. Churches can choose between two study guides: one for a two hour class and one for five one-hour sessions.
Single session guide
Five-session study guide
And the Leaves of the Tree Are for the Healing of the Nations
Order free DVDs from Environmental Ministries
Environmental Ministries is offering two free DVDs about Earth Care. “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice” offers an overview of the environmental crisis and the environmental policy passed by the General Assembly in 1990. “Cherishing God’s Earth” looks at five components of environmental issues: earth, air, water, habitat and people. Study guides are available for both DVDs.
Order “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice DVD” from the Church Store.
“Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice” study guide
Order “Cherishing God’s Earth DVD” from the Church Store.
“Cherishing God’s Earth” study guide
The Office of Public Witness
The Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly.
National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Working Group
The Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches provides an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox denominations to work together to protect and restore God’s Creation. “Environmental Ministries” is a holistic term that includes all ministries designed to heal and defend creation. Eco-Justice is an even broader term that includes efforts to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it.
Presbyterians for Earth Care
Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC) is a national grassroots nonprofit in support of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s environmental mission in all parts of the church. PEC is a faith community dedicated to environmental wholeness with social justice, seeking to be a prophetic voice for substantive change in the church and in the world.
Energy Star for Congregations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for Congregations program provides churches with free information and technical support to lessen energy usage. The program’s website includes a guidebook for congregations to get started on energy stewardship.
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
One of the commitments a congregation makes when it signs the Commitment to Peacemaking is to “make peace with the earth.” The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is committed to peaceful keeping and restoring of God’s creation.
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Seeking to restore creation often overlaps with seeking an end to poverty and hunger. The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is a ministry of the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). PHP provides a channel through which Presbyterians can be engaged in the fight against hunger. The new “Food and Faith” program especially overlaps with environmental concerns.
Enough for Everyone
Whichever your interest — shade-grown coffee, organic T-shirts, electric stewardship or just investments — there is a way to restore God’s creation in each of the Enough for Everyone projects. Enough for Everyone is a partnership program of the General Assembly Mission Council within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
As a servant of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the advisory committee develops, interprets and monitors policies that encourage and challenge the Church and society to reflect and act in faithful response to God’s call to do justice. Find environmental policies of the PC(USA) in the ACSWP Social Witness Policy Compilation.
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations represents the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations. Staff members help to equip Presbyterians for discipleship by training them to put their faith into action in the global arena.
Our church is in the process of becoming an Earth Care congregation and we want to switch from our disposable plastic communion cups to glass cups. We are looking for some sort of rack or caddy that we can use in our dishwasher to clean the glass communion cups rather than hand wash them. Any suggestions? I've had no luck finding such a rack online.
Kathy, this sounds like a wonderful idea! Whether it is a trip to a place in Appalachia to learn about mountaintop removal coal mining or to an area that still needs restoration from natural disaster, there are many wonderful ways to explore how we care for God's earth and people as part of our Christian mission in the world. Feel free to email me if you'd like to discuss more!
I am interested in taking my youth on an enviromental mission trip this summer. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
Rebekah, thanks for your inquiry, and for thinking about a sustainable purchasing option for communion trays. Unfortunately, I don't have an communion-tray specific leads. There are some nice fair trade trays for sale through SERRV, but they are not communion-specific. Fair trade certification includes some measure of environmental sustainability. You can look for them at www.serrv.org. Other fair trade retailers are listed on the Global Marketplace page for Enough for Everyone at www.pcusa.org/enough. I'm sorry that I don't have more concrete leads, but I'd be interested in hearing if you find a good solution.
We are about to order a new set of communion trays. Do you know of any sustainable options using recycled materials, sustainably harvested woods or bamboo? I have searched for options online but have not had much luck. Please let me know if we can be green in serving communion. Thank you.