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Eco-Justice Journey

Opportunities and information for education, advocacy, and action to accompany you on your own justice journey.

72% of Americans Say Climate Solutions Should be a Higher Priority

From PC(USA) partner Blessed Tomorrow: Last month, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their special report outlining the consequence of a changing climate, and the measures necessary to avert the most dangerous scenarios. The report is a collaborative effort of 91 authors, more than 150 contributors, and includes over 42,000 expert and government… Read more »

Climate Change Report Lays out Consequences

At the Presbyterian Hunger Program, this time of the year usually finds our attentions turned towards World Food Day and Food Week of Action. This year however, we also find ourselves focused on the report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change which was released on October 7, 2018 in South Korea. A… Read more »

Serve. Guard. Protect.

The very first command addressed to humanity in the entire Bible is to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion . . .” (Gen 1:28). This always felt very authoritarian. No room for compassion, dignity, or respect. We see humankind displaying this type of dominion when it comes… Read more »

New Climate Resources from Blessed Tomorrow

Dear Eco-Journey readers, You may have seen our new Blessed Tomorrow page here on the blog, which links you to our Presbyterian Hunger Program’s environmental resources on our PHP web site. We are partnering with Blessed Tomorrow this year in order to provide great new research, tools, and resources to Presbyterians on climate change education,… Read more »

General Assembly policy on Carbon Pricing

G.A. and Carbon Pricing, 101 By Bill Bray, Ron Spross, and Tomie Evans, Ruling Elders, Rev Bob Taylor, Teaching Elder (retired)–overtures advocates to the 2018 General Assembly that passed the overtures. The General Assembly is inviting us, all 9000+ PC(USA) congregations and 1.5 million members, to a call to action.  A prayer-full calling for us… Read more »

Earth Care Congregation: LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church

One of the best parts of the General Assembly week for me is often worshipping in a local congregation. On Sunday, June 17, I was able to worship with the PC(USA) certified Earth Care Congregation LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church. We were transported from the convention center in downtown St. Louis to Wood River, IL to… Read more »

Racism and the Environment: EJ policy passed by GA

By Sue Smith, Vice Moderator of Presbyterians for Earth Care and Stated Clerk of Monmouth Presbytery. Sue is grateful to her colleagues in the Coalition for Healthy Ports and the NJ Environmental Justice Alliance for teaching her everything she knows about environmental racism.   Over the last two years, the Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly,… Read more »

The Earth is the Lord’s: new policy from the General Assembly

Another new policy on engaging with issues of climate change–through preaching, embodying, advocating and proclaiming eco-justice– passed last month by the General Assembly environment committee and then by the General Assembly itself is below. In support of our congregations to preach, embody, advocate and proclaim this moral imperative, we are partnering with Blessed Tomorrow, a… Read more »

New Environmental Policies passed by the PC(USA) General Assembly

For the first time, General Assembly had an entire committee devoted to Environmental Issues. This committee learned about, discussed, and gave advise to the plenary around topics such as: environmental racism, preaching and teaching about climate change and other environmental concerns, the Precautionary Principle, carbon pricing (fee and dividend), and the most debated and crucial… Read more »

Earth Care Gathering in Little Rock

This spring, Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR hosted a state-wide Earth Care Gathering in partnership with Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light. A key focus was on drawing down one’s carbon footprint and making an active difference in the world. Scharmel Roussel, an Environmental Stewardship leader at SPC, explained, “We learned that food waste, refrigeration,… Read more »