Posts Categorized: Church Earth Care Stories

World Communion Sunday for all Creation

Rev. Neddy Astudillo invited animals to worship on World Communion Sunday at Parroquia San Jose (a Lutheran and Presbyterian Latino congregation in southern Wisconsin). Wild animals, farm animals, and pets were all blessed as part of God’s creation. This World Communion Sunday worship expanded the notion of what is typically understood as World Communion to… Read more »

Saint Mark’s “Alternate Transportation Sunday” (Earth Care Congregation)

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, MD is an Earth Care Congregation. Among the many wonderful things they do to care for God’s creation, one of their successful activities is an Alternate Transportation Sunday. This special focus began in May 2011 and has continued ever since (and they have even developed tips for replicating… Read more »

Earth Care Congregation: Church of the Pilgrims’ “Food and Faith” season starting off with focus on compost, soil, and communion

During this liturgical season that the Church of the Pilgrims calls “Homecoming,” the Sundays between September and the end of November, we are focusing on the theme of Food and Faith. Within the theme of Food and Faith, we are taking on this arc for a focus: humus, exile, and harvest. To fully experience this… Read more »

Earth Care Congregation: Swarthmore PC Bikes to Church!

One of many initiatives begun by the Environmental Stewardship Task Force of the church began on a small scale last spring by designating a “Bike to Church Sunday.”   In addition to the environmental benefits, we felt that this might help relieve what is routinely a very congested parking situation on Sunday mornings.  The Borough of… Read more »

Earth Care Congregation: Hunter Presbyerian’s Children Take the Lead!

What makes this congregation’s Earth Care Congregation certification particularly compelling is that the application process, projects, and pledge were completed solely by the 2nd through 5th graders at Hunter Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY). Initiated during the community garden-themed Vacation Bible Study in May 2013, these children completed the research, consulted the clerk of session and… Read more »

Earth Care Congregation: Bike, Walk & Carpool to Church (Cottage Grove, OR)

First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove, Oregon is one of the PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregations.   For three years now, it has hosted a “Bike, Walk & Carpool to Church” the entire month of July!  Families get together and bike to church, and others walk and carpool to morning worship. It has been a huge success! … Read more »

Earth Care Congregation Saint James stands with Lummi Nation

Saint James Presbyterian Church (Bellingham, WA) voted to protect the environment, curb climate change, and stand in solidarity with the Lummi Nation whose lands are at risk of being developed for a new coal terminal.The Mission and Social Action Committee felt called to take a position and the church signed the solidatrity statement (below). All… Read more »

Earth Care Congregation Spotlight: Towson Presbyterian Church

Towson Presbyterian Church gets locally active Caring for Creation has a long history at Towson Presbyterian Church (TPC), and becoming certified, and now twice re-certified as an Earth Care Congregation has challenged TPC to continue to grow in this area. The last few years they have used issues surrounding “Food” as a theme, a way… Read more »