What does our office do?
Environmental Ministries, a part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, works to inspire and equip congregations and presbyteries to work for eco-justice for all of God's earth.
- produces, promotes and distributes faith-based environmental resources for individuals, congregations and presbyteries
- responds and educates about Presbyterian Church USA environmental policies, passed through General Assemblies
- links Presbyterians to resources on issues such as water, climate change, fracking, and even eco-justice worship.
- coordinates the Environmental Ministries Action Network, a communication network for Presbyterians involved in earth care in their churches and presbyteries
- oversees the Earth Care Congregations program, which encourages Presbyterian churches to care for God’s earth and certifies those that have affirmed the Earth Care Pledge and taken holistic actions in earth care in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach
- links Presbyterian congregations, including current Earth Care Congregations, with the interfaith sustainability program of GreenFaith as a way to deepen and grow current efforts with additional resources, coaching, and interfaith learning. To learn more about this program through a webinar recording, click here.
- communicates with the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations on advocacy around environmental issues
- networks with other denominations' environmental staff persons through Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Working Group).
- works in partnership with the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association to award eco-friendly facilities the Green Leaf Seal
- promotes Appalachian Carbon Partnership as a way to offset harmful greenhouse gas emissions as we travel, gather together for events, or otherwise use energy in our daily lives
- helps PCCCA and Presbyterians for Earth Care to support young adults interested in becoming "Eco-Stewards"
- relates to Presbyterians for Earth Care, an Eco-Justice network dedicated to environmental wholeness with social justice, seeking to be a prophetic voice for substantive change in the church and in the world
Please contact us! To find out more information, to learn how you can participate in any of the above activities or to share your environmental success stories, please email Rebecca Barnes.
To learn more and stay in touch, consider "liking" us on the Environmental Ministries facebook page, keeping up with the Environmental Ministries "Eco-Journey" blog, and subscribing to the"Presbyterian Justice and Peace" e-newsletter, which contains Environmental related articles from time to time.
I do remember Rev. Reinhardt but have not heard of her project lately. It is such important ministry! I will let you know if I find anything more but web searches and recent years haven't turned up information around this particular project. Thank you for sharing about this critical issue. I will email you if I come up with new good resources.
I've always admired the Church's support of people with environmentally caused hypersensitivities through the Jeremiah Project of the late Rev. Linda Reinhardt. Can you tell me whether her ministry is continuing? I work among people with this disabling health condition and am searching for encouragement and possibly resources for developing a program to provide housing, particularly provision of compact, affordable, accessible, portable trailers made of inert/tolerable materials. Of course there is tremendous urgent need for other models of accessible housing as well. Two projects on which I have worked can be studied on E.I. Wellspring website. They are called Ecology House, in San Rafael, CA, opened in 1994, and the four Rocking R Ranch rental houses managed by the Old Concho Community Assistance Center ("OCCAC") outside Snowflake, AZ. I have lived in Snowflake, in a neighborhood of people with chemical and electrical hypersensitivities, since 1992. I've been affected myself since the late '70s, and was always encouraged by Rev. Linda's efforts. Thank you so much for any guidance. Susan Molloy, M.A. Hansa Trail, Snowflake, AZ 85937 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great question! I wish I did know some good resources for this. I don't. But, I will look around and let you know if I find something.
Do you have any leads on grants for supporting green building in churches? Our Church of Reconciliation PCUSA, an Earth Care Congregation, is about to begin work on a renovation project that could include a metal roof if we could get some help (it would come in at $55,000 over our budget; even SOME help might make it possible to persuade the congregation to do it). Any ideas would be most welcome! THanks.