PEC’s 2015 Award Winners Announced
This year, Presbyterians for Earth Care will present its two awards for exceptional environmental achievements to an individual and an organization at its 2015 Conference, Down-to-Earth, Advocacy and Action.
The William Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose faith-based work for the environment deserves recognition. This year’s award goes to the Reverend Rebecca Barnes who has spent the majority of her life serving God’s creation as a faith-based eco-justice educator, activist, author, and organizer.
|The Rev. Rebecca Barnes|
Rebecca served as the first Coordinator of Presbyterians for Restoring Creation (PRC), as it was known at the time, from 2001 to 2007. While a part-time Coordinator, she also worked with Bill Somplatsky-Jarman of the PC(USA) Environmental Justice Office as a program assistant from 2001 to 2003. After attending Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, she began working in her local area to create dynamic, ecumenical, and inclusive worship spaces for engaging in eco-justice concerns, worked in local churches and ecumenical networks and continues to do so. She returned to the Environmental Justice office to coordinate the Earth Care Congregations Program, administer the Environmental Ministry Action Network and educate the denomination through webinars and a presence at national meetings and conferences. Rebecca is also the author of “50 Ways to Help Save the Earth.”
The Restoring Creation Award, given to an organization for outstanding environmental work, goes to Forest Lake Presbyterian Church (FLPC) in Columbia, South Carolina.
Since establishing its Environmental Stewardship Committee in 2005, FLPC has
demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship through
actively engaging all members of its congregation (children and adults alike)
in “greening” the church property, their homes, and their neighborhood. These
greening activities include education, recycling, environmentally sound gardening,
and the conservation of energy, water, and other resources.
|Children at FLPC harvest potatoes|
FLPC has long been an environmental leader in both the city of Columbia and the PC(USA). It was named the first PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation in South Carolina in 2010 and promotes creation care with its active leadership in networking with and supporting community environmental groups and other congregations. FLPC is continually striving to discern new ways of fulfilling this part of their vocation.
Join us as we honor these award winners during dinner on Thursday, September 17, in Montreat’s Assembly Inn Dining Hall in North Carolina, as part of PEC's 2015 Conference.