Posts By: Jessica Maudlin

Blessing the Butterflies

This content, including photographs except as noted, was contributed by Fawn Palmer of Churchville Presbyterian Church, an Earth Care Congregation in Maryland. Butterflies are God’s confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of…love.    –K. D’Angelo A  crowd of 50 recently gathered at our church’s Fall Heritage/Family Festival. We tagged six, wild-caught  Monarchs at the Pollinators… Read more »

North Carolina Presbyteries “Die-In” To Address Climate Change

Content submitted by Rev. Stuart Taylor of Elkin Presbyterian Church, an Earth Care Congregation in Salem Presbytery. Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the… Read more »

Jesus Calls Us: A Climate Action Video

In mid-August, a video crew supported by Blessed Tomorrow, a Presbyterian Hunger Program partner, filmed chapel service at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. Portions of the service, as well as an interview with Presbyterian Mission Agency President and Executive Director the Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett, are included in a new climate action video, “Jesus… Read more »

The Carbon Footprint Fund: A Local Solution

This article was submitted by Ginny Ayers and Dan Terpstra, Members, Presbytery of East Tennessee Climate & Energy Stewardship Team  The Golden Rule In the Christian church, the covenant between God and God’s people is a reminder that ALL life belongs to God’s community, and that God’s promise to the earth’s inhabitants is for all… Read more »

Bless Friday puts service to God above consumerism

This post is excerpted from an article written by Mike Ferguson for Presbyterian’s Today. It appears online in it’s entirety here. Chuck Fox, a Presbyterian living and working in Houston, first got the idea to start Bless Friday during a homily he heard from a Catholic priest the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2009. The priest… Read more »

Blessing All God’s Creatures

With the love and joy — and even grief — that pets bring to people, more Presbyterian churches are beginning to take a page from their Catholic and Episcopal brothers and sisters by offering a Blessing of the Animals service. Traditionally held in early fall to coincide with the Oct. 4 feast day of St…. Read more »

American Climate Metrics Survey: Presbyterian Church (USA)

In coordination with Blessed Tomorrow, a Presbyterian Church (USA) partner through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the denomination invited members (laity and clergy) to participate in a survey to determine their attitudes and behaviors on climate change. The survey, fielded September 7-28, 2018, was part of a national survey sponsored by ecoAmerica and Blessed Tomorrow. The… Read more »

Precautionary Principle: Managing Technological Risks to Protect Humanity and Our Planet

The 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved the affirmation and recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy regarding the Precautionary Principle. Simply put this is a principle that expresses that the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted. The… Read more »

Climate Care Challenge

As people of faith, we believe that God created this world, called it good and told humans to care for it. We are blessed to have this sacred task. TAKE THE CLIMATE CARE CHALLENGE BELOW Our daily experience, confirms that these extreme climate events keep taking place with greater frequency and intensity each year. This… Read more »

Nature that Nurtures

The Nature that Nurtures guide, written by Mary Westervelt with layout and graphics by Lauren Diamond, tells the story of how one church, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, PA, a certified Earth Care Congregation, began the process of changing their grounds to be better stewards of God’s earth. Below, the author reflects on the beginnings… Read more »