Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters

 


Caring for Creation . . .Caring for One Another

The Pope’s much anticipated Encyclical (a teaching document for the Catholic community) has arrived! LAUDATO SI’- On Care for our Common Home - is about human relationship and responsibility to our planet. People of all faiths who are concerned that the health of our environment is a reflection of our love for one another will be interested to delve into this discussion. Read it by clicking 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

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Baltimore's Hurt   We are all an interconnected Creation family. Baltimore's hurt is our hurt. Baltimore's struggle is one we must all enter into with openness and honesty. Baltimore's voice is calling for justice and integrity - IPC echoes that call. 

Baltimore's Hope   All of our congregations - no matter where we are located - can be seeds for peace, and safe places for open conversation. Through prayer and dialogue, our interfaith community can contribute to the healing process--healing of our communities, and healing of the earth.

View this video clip from Baltimore's Cathedral of the Incarnation, where a new rain garden was dedicated and blessed on May 9th.  raingarden.jpg


 

May 31st - The Second Faithful Stewards of Prince George's County Workshops. 

Workshops are being offered to help Prince George's County communities of faith learn what the can do to reduce polluted stormwater runoff from congregational grounds and reduce their stormwater utility fees through the Alternative Compliance Program.  Click HERE for more information and to register for a workshop.


Inspiration in the Heart of Baltimore City-Touring a newly planted rain garden at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on April 26th congregants learned about the Blue Water Congregations Program. Now they know how to be part of the healing in our watershed which is so sorely needed. READ MORE HERE.


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! 


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 June 30th to put your fees on hold for next year. Click here for more information!


Video - Faith Communities in Maryland Reduce their Polluted Runoff

 

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 jodi@interfaithchesapeake.org 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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