First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Earth Care

God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family.
– from the Presbyterian Church (USA) Earth Care Pledge

Caring for the Earth


Caring for all of God’s creation is a major emphasis of our church. Just as God calls us to care for each other, we also are commanded to care for the earth and all living things.

In 2010, the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invited congregations to participate in an Earth Care Congregations program. Our church became the first congregation in Illinois to gain certification on January 6, 2011.

Certified Earth Care Congregations commit to the Earth Care Pledge and demonstrate sufficient action toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: Worship, Education, Facilities, and Outreach.  Click on the following headings for more information.

Community members are always welcome at earth care events. We invite you to learn more about–and join us!–in caring for the earth. Information on upcoming events can be found on the church calendar (at the top of this page), the Open Door newsletter (under the “News” tab) or by contacting the church office.


Giving Praise and Thanksgiving A beautiful sunset, a mountain top view, a rushing stream glistening in the sunlight, a doe gently nuzzling its fawn in the morning mist all call us to praise the wonder of God’s creation. While praise and thanksgiving for God happens at every worship service, there are special worship times when we experience even more fully the majesty…


Let the Wise Listen We live as part of a vast ecosystem. We affect the earth and all God’s creatures. The earth and all God’s creatures affect us. Understanding our unity–and how to live responsibly within our ecosystem–requires knowledge and discernment. Each fall and spring, our congregation offers a seminar series during the education hour after the Sunday worship service to help…

Earth Care Church Campus

Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people.– from the Presbyterian Church(USA) Earth Care Pledge Respecting Creation Many church facilities, ours included, were built at a time when energy was relatively inexpensive and we had less understanding of carbon footprints or how…