Posts By: Rebecca Barnes

Earth Care as Lenten Practice

On the verge of Ash Wednesday, have you thought about how God calls you to remember your “dust-ness” in this holy time? Might there be a practice you could take on during Lent in order to deepen your care for, and relationship to, God’s good earth? Click here to read more thoughts of “Earth Care… Read more »

Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians for Earth Care

Once again, grassroots network Presbyterians for Earth Care has produced a timely, thoughtful, and helpful resource to help us think and pray about creation care as part of the Lenten season. This 2012 Lenten devotional resource is called “Feasting on God’s Gifts; Fasting in Sorrow,” and includes reflections for Ash Wednesday, for each week of… Read more »

Lenten Earth Care hymns

Presbyterian pastor Carolyn Gillette was commissioned to write a new set of hymns for Lent by The Presbyterian Outlook magazine. (They have posted the new hymn texts on their web site.)   The hymn for the first Sunday in Lent is based on Genesis 9, with its creation care themes. Carolyn gives permission for free… Read more »

GreenFaith calling for Fellowship Applications

GreenFaith has an 18 month national, interfaith training and education program for religious leaders caring for the earth. Interested parties can apply through June 1st. A webinar to introduce the Fellowship will be hosted in early March. For more information about this interfaith organization and this particular opportunity, click here.

Sharing from another Earth Care Congregation

Montreat Presbyterian Church Highlighting the story of another PCUSA Earth Care Congregation, I invite you to celebrate with me Montreat Presbyterian Church’s creative idea to have an earth care theologian in residence! Click here to read about this new program.    

Loving God and Loving God’s Earth

Today, as love is celebrated, what ways can we better love and serve God by loving and caring for the earth?   One thing I’m aware of is the “I Love Mountains” campaign, people from all across appalachia asking for alternatives to Mountain-top Removal Coal Mining. Folks from Kentucky have made today (Valentine’s Day) an “I… Read more »

Reformed Churches and Nuclear Energy

The World Communion of Reformed Churches, of which the PCUSA is a part, has shared the news that some of its member churches are asking hard questions about nuclear technology, nuclear energy, and our care for God’s creation. A controverial energy source in our time, nuclear energy has few greenhouse emissions (so won’t contribute to… Read more »

Sharing the Story of an Earth Care Congregation

Story-telling encourages us, inspires us, gives us hope, and helps us risk creative vision. In that spirit, I’d like to share with you, as I’m able, some glimpses of the stories that PCUSA Earth Care Congregations are creating in their congregational life.   Earth Care Congregations vary in their interests, their geographical location, their church… Read more »

Congregational Food Audit

New guide from Green Faith and the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Listing one of the PCUSA Earth Care Congregations (Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD) as a success story, GreenFaith has just announced a new faith-based food guide called “The Good Food Toolkit.” Available as a free download for those who register… Read more »

Tread Lightly for Lent

Daily Lenten Calendar from Environmental Ministries (PCUSA) As part of the season of Lent, Environmental Ministries is offering “Tread Lightly for Lent,” a simple, daily calendar that encourages Presbyterians to reflect theologically about ecojustice and to take action on issues such as water, land, air, people, and other species. Each of the 40 days of Lent has a topic to think about,… Read more »