Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters


Thanksgiving Message to our IPC Friends

May each of you find meaning in your Thanksgiving celebration as we rejoice in our Earth's bounty and love for each other.

Excerpted from the Thanksgiving Prayer from the Haudensaunee Tribe: 

"Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people. Now our minds are one

We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know it's power in many forms - in waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of water. Now our minds are one.

We now turn our thoughts to the trees. The Earth has many families of trees who have their own instructions and uses. Some provide us with shelter and shade, others with fruit, beauty and other useful things. Many Peoples of the world use a Tree as a symbol of Peace and Strength. With one mind we greet and thank the Tree of Life. Now our minds are one." 

Read the whole prayer here:

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Oppressing our Neighbors Less

As a cradle Episcopalian, I am one of the least likely people to stand up and talk about my faith. We Episcopalians will talk any topic to death, but usually with each other. [An Evangelical Episcopalian is an oxymoron.] But that is one message I hope some of you take home today—we must speak out to save God’s Creation. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so let’s squeak.

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What are You Thirsty for?

A Climate for Runoff

Churches and Stormwater

Tend and Keep

Mourning for the Earth

Briefly ...

Since 2014, over 50 congregations in Baltimore have begun the process of reducing their stormwater footprint with the help of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and Blue Water Baltimore. Here is a video clip from Baltimore's Cathedral of the Incarnation, where a new rain garden was dedicated and blessed on May 9th. A schematic of their plans is below. Read more about the Blue Water Congregations program here!


Save Some "GREEN"

Baltimore congregations - have you applied for your stormwater utility fee reduction? If not, please visit our Blue Water Congregations page for instructions how to get this done.

Prince George's County congregations - you need to sign up for the Alternative Compliance Program by March 15th to put your fees on hold for the following year. Click here for more information!

Video - Faith Communities in Maryland Reduce their Polluted Runoff

Water Blues - Green Solutions

Curious what others around the country are doing to live more sustainably? Penn State University has assembled several great videos that explain some of the most complicated urban runoff problems, and what different community groups are doing about them. Maybe one of these videos will inspire you! 


St. Mary's Annapolis

St. Mary's Catholic Parish in Annapolis, Maryland was recently honored by the City of Annapolis in The Capital newspaper. They retrofitted a parking lot that drained polluted runoff into Spa Creek, and installed energy-efficient lighting systems in church buildings. By reposting the recent newspaper article posted in The Capital, we hope this inspires more congregations to see that anything is possible! Click here to read more about this exciting project. If you would like to speak to St. Mary's congregants about their efforts and learn from their experience, please contact and she will put you in touch with them. Finally, this article from 2009 summarizes the project for which they were recently honored.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation

St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring

Maryland Presbyterian Church


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