Posts By: Jessica Maudlin

Carbon Neutrality

Disasters (storm, flood, and drought) have devastating effects in Haiti… women, children, and the elderly, are really very vulnerable. The signs of climate change, such as temperature rises and atypical rainfall, are obvious and have devastating effects on agriculture… without adequate action, climate change tends to aggravate the damage caused by disasters and to increase… Read more »

Ambition • Restoration • Justice

The realities of climate change are being felt intensely in communities across the country, and the 2020 elections are poised to determine our fate. Advocacy is increasing, but opposition remains formidable. How can we make climate a winning issue in 2020, and make certain our leaders implement policies that ensure a healthy, just and prosperous… Read more »

MRTI’s recommendations and process for divestment

 by Katie Carter, Associate for Research, Policy and Information, Office of Faith-Based Investing & Corporate Engagement On Thursday, January 16th, the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) approved recommendations for companies to be added to the General Assembly Divestment/ Proscription list (2020 list here). These recommendations included in MRTI’s report to the 224th General… Read more »

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 »