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Earth Care Congregations


Earth Care CongregationsIs your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches to find ideas for earth care projects.

To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the Earth Care Pledge and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Submit your application (see below “getting started”) January 1-February 15 of the calendar year in which you’d like to be certified.

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Getting started: Earth Care Congregations applications

Get started on the path to becoming an Earth Care Congregation or find re-certification materials by downloading “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”

NOTE: The annual enrollment/recertification period is January 1-February 15. You may begin submitting your application at the start of the New Year. Applications are accepted through February 15.

To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation in the first year, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. The Earth Care Congregation First Year Application (excel form) is to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to jessica.maudlin@pcusa.org.

To become re-certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church tracks its continued commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Progress in each of the areas should be marked since the time of the last certification. The Earth Care Congregation Recertification Application (excel form) is to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to jessica.maudlin@pcusa.org.

Going interfaith

As an option for churches that would like to take advantage of additional resources, coaching, and interfaith connections, Environmental Ministries has partnered with GreenFaith to invite Presbyterian congregations to consider this interfaith certification program. Going through GreenFaith’s two year intensive will count for PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation certification and will enable participating churches to raise effective environmental leaders, reduce their operating expenses, and attract new members. Click here to learn more about the resources, webinars, and collaboration between Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith.  To listen to a recording of a webinar that introduces the GreenFaith program, click here.


Green Leaf Seal camps

You won’t be surprised to know that much of our learning about God’s creation, our practice at being faithful members of God’s natural world, and our inspiration to keep doing more for environmental justice is happening at Presbyterian camps and conference centers! We celebrate and lift up these Presbyterian camps and conference centers who were certified with the Green Leaf Seal, administered between PCCCA and Environmental Ministries between 2009-2016 (with support from PEC for years before that as well). As more camps naturally incorporate environmental education, farming and gardening practices, and other green elements, the Green Leaf Seal program is in discernment with PCCCA and Presbyterian camp and conference centers. Meanwhile we give thanks for the “early adopters” and lift them up as examples! 

Green Leaf Seal camps and conference centers are:
Buc Outdoor Center, Sapphire, NC
Calvin Center, Hampton, GA
Camp Hanover, Mechanicsville, VA
Camp Kintail, Ontario, CANADA
Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, Roscommon, MI
Camp Wilmot, Wilmot, NH
Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center, Lithia, FL
Cherokee Retreat Center, White, GA
Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, Slippery Rock, PA
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, Little Rock, AR
Gilmont Camp and Conference Center, Gilmer, TX
Heartland Presbyterian Center, Parkville, MO
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center, Allenspark, CO
Holmes Camp and Conference Center, Holmes, NY
Hopewell Camp and Conference Center, Oxford, MS
John Knox Center, Ten Mile, TN
Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR
Montgomery Presbyterian Center, Stake, FL
Montreat Confernece Center, Montreat, NC
Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Cook Station, MO
Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, Hunt, TX
Presbytery Point Camp, Republic, MI
Pyoca Camp, Conference and Retreat Center, Brownstown, IN
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY
Tall Timber Ranch, Leavenworth, WA
Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA

The following churches are certified as Earth Care Congregations:

Bardstown Road Presbyterian, Louisville, KY
Bayfield Presbyterian Church, Bayfield, WI
Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, NC
Black River Presbyterian Church, Ivanhoe, NC
Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg, VA
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD
Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, Brevard, NC
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA
Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson, TX
Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Catonsville, MD
Central Presbyterian Church, Waxahachie, TX
Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
Christ Church Uniting Disciples & Presbyterians (CCU), Kailua, HI
Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, NJ
Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, NC
Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA
Church of the Pilgrims, Washington, DC
Churchville Presbyterian Church, Churchville, MD
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR
Common Ground Church Community, North Lima, OH
Country Peace Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Pioneer Parish, Superior, WI
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Johnson City, TN
Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY
Culver City Presbyterian Church, Culver City, CA
Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC
Davis Community Church, Davis, CA
Dorchester Presbyterian Church, Summerville, SC
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Indialantic, FL
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX
Fairmount Presbyterian, Cleveland Heights, OH
Faith Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship Presbyterian Church (USA), Huntsville, AL
First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Annapolis, MD
First Presbyterian Church of Bend, Bend, OR
First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Champaign, Il
First Presbyterian Church of Concord, Concord, NC
First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, Cooperstown, NY
First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove, Cottage Grove, OR
First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Decatur, MI
First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown, KY
First Presbyterian Church of Hector, Hector, NY
First Presbyterian Church of Hoopeston, Hoopeston, IL
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia, MD
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, Ithaca, NY
First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Jackson, TN
First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville, Libertyville, IL
First Presbyterian Church of Marshfield, Marshfield, WI
First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN
First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, Plymouth, MI
First Presbyterian Church of Richardson, Richardson, TX
First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, Rumson, NJ
First Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA
First Presbyterian Church of Sandpoint, Sandpoint, ID
First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake, NY
First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater, Stillwater, MN
First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, Tecumseh, MI
First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, Champaign, IL
First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Waco, TX
First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, Wooster, OH
First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights, NY
First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
First Presbyterian Church, Brandon, FL
First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, PA
First Presbyterian Church, Conway, AR
First Presbyterian Church, Deland, FL
First Presbyterian Church, Delaware, OH
First Presbyterian Church, Edwardsville, IL
First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach, FL
First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, IN
First Presbyterian Church, Haddon Heights, NJ
First Presbyterian Church, Henderson, TX
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, OH
First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, IN
First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo, MI
First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, KS
First Presbyterian Church, Livingston, AL
First Presbyterian Church, Logan, UT
First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, IL
First Presbyterian Church, South St. Paul, MN
First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, OK
First Presbyterian of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
First Presbyterian, Little Rock, AR
First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, AR
Flagstaff Federated Community Church, Flagstaff, AZ
Florissant Presbyterian Church, Florissant, MO
Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, Flower Mound, TX
Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, Cleveland Heights, OH
Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC
Fort King Presbyterian Church, Ocala, FL
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Stevens Point, WI
Fredonia Presbyterian Church, Fredonia, NY
Gautier Presbyterian Church, Gautier, MS
Geneva Presbyterian Church, Potomac, MD
Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw, PA
Glenville Presbyterian Church, Glenville, WV
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, South Easton, MA
Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Asheville, NC
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, KS
Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian, Louisville, KY
Highlands United Presbyterian Church, Cheyenne, WY
Hillsborough Presbyterian, Hillsborough, NC
Hunter Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY
Immanuel Presbyterian Church – PCUSA, Montgomery, AL
Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL
Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, Bordentown, NJ
John Knox Presbyterian Church, Florissant, MO
Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR
Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, Cary, NC
Knox Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, VA
Korean Church of Boston, Brookline, MA
Light Street Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, Lyndhurst, OH
Macalester-Plymouth United Church, Saint Paul, MN
Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD
McGregor Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia, SC
Mid-coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, ME
Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland, CA
Montevallo Presbyterian Church, Montevallo, AL
Montreat Presbyterian Church, Montreat, NC
Nashua Presbyterian Church, Nashua, NH
New Hope Presbyterian, Derwood, MD
New Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Charles, MO
New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN
New Hope Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
New Life Presbyterian, Albuquerque, NM
New Life Presbyterian Church, Roseville, MN
New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville, TN
Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, WA
North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian, Anderson, NC
North Presbyterian Church, Williamsville, NY
Northern Light United Church, Juneau, AK
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Old South Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, MA
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Orchard Park, NY
Oswego Presbyterian Church, Oswego, IL
Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, NY
Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, PA
Plumsted Presbyterian Church, New Egypt, NJ
Presbyterian Church in Morristown, Morristown, NJ
Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, Chatham, NJ
Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, Burnsville, MN
Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA
Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC
Radcliff Presbyterian Church, Radcliff, KY
Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, IL
River Glen Presbyterian Church, Naperville, IL
Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, Saint Albans, WV
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL
Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami, FL
Rockville United Church, Rockville, MD
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, KS
Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson, TX
Saint James Presbyterian Church, Bellingham, WA
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, North Bethesda, MD
Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR
Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO
Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO
Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC
Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church, Loomis, CA
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Shepherdstown, WV
Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsburg, PA
Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, OR
Springdale Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (USA), Longview, TX
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Tucker, GA
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock, VA
St. Mark Presbyterian, Newport Beach, CA
State College Presbyterian Church, State College, PA
The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, Caldwell, NJ
The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, The Woodlands, TX
Towson Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD
Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn, Berwyn, PA
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton, TX
Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, East Brunswick, NJ
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, VA
Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, TX
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE
United Presbyterian Church, Cleburne, TX
United Presbyterian Church of East Guilford, Sidney, NY
Unity Presbyterian, Denver, NC
Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute, IN
Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, KS
Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, MD
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, Wauwatosa, WI
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Webster Groves, MO
Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster, TX
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC
Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Eugene, OR
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, NE
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portage, MI
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE
Westminster Presbyterian, Dayton, OH
Westminster Presbyterian, Gainesville, FL
White Memorial Presbyterian, Raleigh, NC
White Plains Presbyterian Church, White Plains, NY
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, VA
Woodlawn Chapel, Wildwood, MO

 

We commend these congregations for their commitment to caring for God’s earth.

See a map of Earth Care Congregations

For more information

Contact Environmental Ministries with any questions about the Earth Care Congregations Program.

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Read about churches doing earth care ministry on our blog.