Posts By: Rebecca Barnes

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 »

Rio+20 preparations

Opening Plenary Statement from U.S. representative Are you interested in following developments this year as we move towards the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (1992)? If so, you might like to read this statement from the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International  Environment and Science. He comments here on the Zero… Read more »

Christian Simplicity study for Lent: Lent 4.5

a Seven Week study in faith formation Created by a faith-based organization in Louisville, KY “Lent 4.5” is an interesting seven-week study process that encourages us to live into Christian simplicity. Through the study, issues explored include food, consumption, water, energy, gratitude & generosity. Click here to learn more.

Compassion, Peace and Justice training and Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Our colleagues in the Presbyterian Church USA Washington Office invite us to the March 23 Compassion Peace and Justice training followed by the March 23-26 Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Come learn about how Presbyterians use their faith to lift up their voice in the public sphere! This is a great opportunity to meet one another, to share… Read more »

Camps and Conference Centers caring for God’s creation

Throughout the PCUSA, camps and conference centers join congregations and individuals in caring for God’s creation. One such facility is Ferncliff (Little Rock, AR).   Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp/Conference Center is making a concerted effort to go green because they see it as an act of worship and creation care.  This past year they put in a… Read more »

Calling Young Adults!

an invitation to become an Eco-Steward for climate change and Christian activism this summer Applications are now posted for summer 2012 Eco-Stewards! This program, located in Boston and Vermont this year, is a great place for young adults with a heart for eco-justice ministry to learn practical skills, to accompany one another, and to inspire others for… Read more »