Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters

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FREE Grant Writing Workshop Offered! Thinking about doing some creation care work but no idea where the funds would come from? Come learn how your congregation can apply for grant money from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This workshop is offered free of charge through Blue Water Congregations, a program of Interfaith Partners for the ChesapeakeBlue Water Baltimore and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Click HERE for a downloadable flyer with all the details that can be shared and click HERE to pre-register for the workshop held on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30 PM in Baltimore. Contact Bonnie at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or 410-609-6852 with questions.

In case you missed the DC Congregations Webinar...

...don't worry, we got ya' covered! Click here to watch the webinar in its entirety. This webinar provides insight into DC resources and funding available to help congregations implement rain gardens, cisterns and other improvements on their grounds! 


Faith Leaders Support Bag Ban to Limit Trash

Read the full letter of support from the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council and see who signed it. Do you want to take ACTION and help others in your faith community learn about the issue and lend their voice? Check out our ACTION Steps and join us at the Bag Ban Rally on Tues. Feb. 9th at 9 AM. All the details 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!


Great Videos

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-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.

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A Light In the Darkness

A light in the darkness.

Mother Theresa will be canonized next September and clearly she was a light in the darkness. Malala Yousafzai is a light in the darkness in her unending fight for the educational rights of girls. Here in Baltimore, Destiny Watford, the high schooler fighting the permit for a trash incinerator in her neighborhood, is a light in the darkness.

Ever since San Bernadino, the hateful rhetoric in our country has escalated. It can seem very dark these days. Regardless of your religion and whether you are celebrating Christmas this week or not, you crave a light in this darkness. 

But let me tell you...there is much light already piercing through this darkness.

  • 10,901 trees have been planted by Maryland congregations
  • 17 Anne Arundel County congregations are installing stormwater improvement projects with the help of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Watershed Stewards Academy . . . Read MORE 2015 IPC Highlights
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"All It Takes Is One Good Person to Restore Hope!"

Oppressing our Neighbors Less

What are You Thirsty for?

A Climate for Runoff

Churches and Stormwater

Congregations Needed to Plant Trees in Montgomery & Prince George's Counties

Got Grass? Plant FREE trees instead. Through Trees for Sacred Places you can have a BIG impact on your environment, host a GREAT community building and beautifying event on any faith owned property in Montgomery & Prince George's counties and throughout Maryland that can accommodate 60+ trees. If there isn't enough space available you can team up with another congregation. Don't own your property or have no free space? We can put a team of your volunteers to work. Check out our full webpage HERE.


 

Inspiration from St. Camillus Catholic Church

"The St. Camillus campus footprint is 14 acres and 9 of those acres are impervious. Three years ago St. Camillus began to look at ways that we could cut back on the surge of stormwater and pollutants that flow off of our lands into the rivers and Bay. We knew it was our sacred duty to be good stewards of the land we live off of and this was one way that we could do that."

St. Mary's Annapolis

Chizuk Amuno Congregation

St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring

Maryland Presbyterian Church

 

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