NRS Genesis 2:19 “So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.”

In 1990, the 202nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) adopted by a resounding 97% majority the policy report “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice.” It calls Presbyterians to focus on caring for creation as a central concern, to be incorporated into the life and mission of the church at every level.

Five years later, a number of Presbyterians, restless to see the policy enacted in the national church, founded Presbyterians for Restoring Creation, a national, grassroots organization to support people of faith working towards “environmental wholeness with social justice.” For over twenty years, PEC has helped the church to fulfill its current environmental policies, create new environmentally responsible policies and practices, and equip and educate Presbyterians about earth care ministry.

Since its founding in 1995, Presbyterians for Earth Care has…

Participated in every PC(USA) General Assembly, hosting an exhibit booth and luncheon, and striving to educate Presbyterians about faithful earth care, to advocate for issues of concern, to celebrate successes, and to strengthen the church-based eco-justice community

Presented annual awards to honor individuals and groups for their work and leadership in earth care ministry

Hosted ten national conferences for eco-justice training, education, networking, and spiritual renewal:

  • God’s Earth, Our Home at Ghost Ranch Conference Center (NM) in June 1996
  • Strands in the Web of Life: Exploring Our Roles in Ecology, Peace, and Justice at Montreat Conference Center (NC) in August 1998
  • Living Waters: Streams of Faith at Epworth by the Sea (St Simon’s Island, GA) in February 2000
  • Earth’s Energy, God’s Light: Faithful Responses to the Energy Crisis at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) in July 2002
  • Sharing the Waters of Life, PECs 10th Anniversary Conference, at Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center in New York on Lake George
  • Earth Sabbath, Earth Justice: Protecting God’s Gifts of Food and Fuel, October 2007, at Mo-Ranch Conference Center in Texas
  • Faith & Environment: Embracing God’s Call to be Green in July 2009 at Montreat Conference Center in NC
  • God’s Earth: Too Big to Fail? in Aug-Sep 2011at Highlands Conference Center in CO
  • Ethical Earth Care: Keeping Creation Sacred in October 2013 at Ferncliff Conference Center in Little Rock, AR
  • Down-to-Earth Advocacy and Action, PECs 20th Anniversary Conference,  in September 2015 at Montreat Conference Center in NC

Offered regional events such as:

  • Young Adult trail maintenance trip in Ohio, in Spring 2003
  • Caring for Creation Conference in California, in Spring 2004
  • Caring for Creation: Choices of Food and Faith intergenerational retreat in California, in Spring 2005
  • Seeing The Signs Of The Times: A Practical Theology On Climate Change in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; co-sponsored with Presbytery of Yukon, in Summer 2015

Co-Sponsored the Eco-Stewards program for young adults

  • California: Building the Eco-Stewards Program, 2007
  • New York & Pennsylvania: Studying Urban Ecology, 2008
  • West Virginia: Living with and from the Land, 2010
  • Montana: Sustainability and Reconciliation through Agriculture, Health and Green Building on the Crow Reservation, 2011
  • Vermont & Boston: Climate Change & Christian Activism, 2012
  • Portland, Oregon: Connectional Urban Living as Creative Response, 2013
  • Gainesville, Florida: Food and Faith–Uniting Together in a Southern Foodshed, 2014

Produced a quarterly print newsletter, The Update, for twenty years.