Blackhawk Presbytery
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061



Earth Care Network

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This is a network of members of churches of Blackhawk Presbytery who have a passion for celebrating God’s grace and glory in creation and recognize God’s call to cherish, protect and restore this earth. 


How does this network address the vision and values of Blackhawk Presbytery?

The values of Blackhawk Presbytery are intrinsic to the earth care endeavors of this network. While we act in accordance with the principles established in the vision of the Presbytery--trust, open communication, and genuine relationships, we seek to fulfill the values.

We have answered the PC(USA) “Call to Restore the Creation”.

We strive to “till and keep” the garden in Genesis 2:15. We focus on this mission and attempt to be faithful stewards. We recognize that “the least of these” in God’s creation often are affected soonest and most seriously when the environment is degraded. We are accountable in the sense of bearing responsibility for our impact on the Earth.

How is this network organized?

This network has been initiated by members of Oswego Presbyterian and Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian. These are both Earth Care Congregations, certified by the Environmental Ministries office of PC(USA). RCLPC has been re-certified each year since 2011, and OPC just received its initial certification for 2016.

Current network members from RCLPC are Pat and Terry Dieckhoff, Ann Legg, Karen Ray and Lois and Rick Johnson. Members from Oswego Pres. are Ken and Kathy Mozingo.

We are eager to have other churches join us in this “caring for God’s good earth” ministry.

We do not have a regular meeting schedule.  We have had several meetings in person and have communicated as needed via email and phone.

Ken Mozingo is the current network convener and primary contact. He can be reached by email at and by phone at 630-553-5725.

Current network projects/activities

We have shared information about our churches’ earth care efforts and worked together on fossil fuel divestment presentations to Blackhawk Presbytery in February 2016. As stewards of God’s earth, our congregations’ Earth Care Teams complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. We encourage all congregations to consider becoming an Earth Care Congregation.  

Our key networking project has been to jointly advocate for Blackhawk Presbytery’s concurrence with the Fossil Free PCUSA Overture to General Assembly 2016 & 2018. These overtures propose divestment from fossil fuel companies by the Presbyterian Foundation and Board of Pensions.

We believe that divestment is an essential tool that institutional and personal investors can use to influence the course of climate change. We pray that Presbyterians will join the faithful chorus of the UCC, Unitarians, Methodists, and Episcopalians in denominational divestment.

For the text and rationale of the overture, visit Fossil Free PCUSA.


Presbyterians For Earth Care

Presbyterians For Earth Care (PEC) is a national eco-justice network that cares for God’s creation by connecting, equipping, and inspiring Presbyterians to make creation care a central concern of the church. To sign up for their e-newsletter as well as Advent and Lenten devotions, visit and click on Sign-up for biweekly emails at the bottom of the page