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Rebecca Barnes
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Louisville, KY 40202

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Download a study guide on biblical and theological Foundations for Eco-Justice

Is your church starting to explore eco-justice and earth care issues or looking for an interesting adult class topic? A new study guide, made to accompany And the Leaves of the Tree Are for the Healing of the Nations, helps your church explore biblical and theological foundations for eco-justice and caring for God’s earth.  Use the new accompanying study guide for adult classes.  Churches can choose between two study guides: one for a two hour class and one for five one-hour sessions.

Single session guide


Five-session study guide


And the Leaves of the Tree Are for the Healing of the Nations


Order free DVDs from Environmental Ministries

Environmental Ministries is offering two free DVDs about Earth Care. “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice” offers an overview of the environmental crisis and the environmental policy passed by the General Assembly in 1990. “Cherishing God’s Earth” looks at five components of environmental issues: earth, air, water, habitat and people. Study guides are available for both DVDs.

Order “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice DVD” from the Church Store.

“Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice” study guide


Order “Cherishing God’s Earth DVD” from the Church Store.

“Cherishing God’s Earth” study guide


The Office of Public Witness
The Office of Public Witness is the public policy information and advocacy office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its task is to advocate, and help the church to advocate, the social witness perspectives and policies of the Presbyterian General Assembly.

National Council of Churches of Christ Eco-Justice Working Group
The Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches provides an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox denominations to work together to protect and restore God’s Creation. “Environmental Ministries” is a holistic term that includes all ministries designed to heal and defend creation. Eco-Justice is an even broader term that includes efforts to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it.

Presbyterians for Earth Care
Presbyterians for Earth Care (PEC) is a national grassroots nonprofit in support of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s environmental mission in all parts of the church. PEC is a faith community dedicated to environmental wholeness with social justice, seeking to be a prophetic voice for substantive change in the church and in the world.

Energy Star for Congregations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for Congregations program provides churches with free information and technical support to lessen energy usage. The program’s website includes a guidebook for congregations to get started on energy stewardship.

Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
One of the commitments a congregation makes when it signs the Commitment to Peacemaking is to “make peace with the earth.” The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is committed to peaceful keeping and restoring of God’s creation.

Presbyterian Hunger Program
Seeking to restore creation often overlaps with seeking an end to poverty and hunger. The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is a ministry of the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). PHP provides a channel through which Presbyterians can be engaged in the fight against hunger. The new “Food and Faith” program especially overlaps with environmental concerns.

Enough for Everyone
Whichever your interest — shade-grown coffee, organic T-shirts, electric stewardship or just investments — there is a way to restore God’s creation in each of the Enough for Everyone projects. Enough for Everyone is a partnership program of the General Assembly Mission Council within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
As a servant of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the advisory committee develops, interprets and monitors policies that encourage and challenge the Church and society to reflect and act in faithful response to God’s call to do justice. Find environmental policies of the PC(USA) in the ACSWP Social Witness Policy Compilation.

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations represents the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations. Staff members help to equip Presbyterians for discipleship by training them to put their faith into action in the global arena.



  • We are looking into communion cup dishwasher racks called "Saint Savers" from the Too Good Products company. Has anyone purchased or had any experience with these? by Linda Kauskay on 01/10/2013 at 10:33 a.m.

  • Thanks, Rebecca and Dorrie, for your help! We appreciate it. by Jeff Richardson on 09/02/2012 at 2:24 p.m.

  • Dorrie, thank you for this helpful response! This is a great idea. by Rebecca Barnes PC(USA) Staff on 08/27/2012 at 9:47 a.m.

  • Jeff, Rebecca - Our church (Swarthmore Pres) found a way to deal with this without purchasing special additional trays. We place the communion cups on a standard flat dishwasher tray and then place over them a screen that we had made to that size and a weight to hold the screen in place (piece of tile will do the trick). I believe we also have a surplus of the silver trays (but not the glass cups). If you are interested, let me know. by Dorrie McGrath on 08/25/2012 at 9:33 a.m.

  • Jeff, thank you for this good question! I have asked some of our Earth Care Congregations for input and am waiting to hear back. I don't know of any trays off-hand, though do know there was one that Presbyterians for Earth Care came across and had at General Assembly about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I've lost track of which company made the tray! Hopefully we can let you know soon! by Rebecca Barnes-Davies on 08/10/2012 at 3:31 p.m.