Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters

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Great News!!!!  IPC is proud to announce that we will be receiving a significant grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a new initiative in the Jones Falls Watershed. Click HERE for a copy of the media release with the details. We are looking for a Graphic Design Consultant to help us with the project. Please click HERE to find the Request for Proposals (Deadline 5 PM Oct. 14th).

Need Inspiration? Click HERE to check out what our Riverwise Congregations accomplished in this 3 minute video. Over the past 2 years, 22 congregations have implemented watershed protection projects on their grounds and educated their congregants on how to be good stewards of shared water resources. A glimpse of some of the projects are on this video. Work was funded by the Maryland DNR and completed in collaboration with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Watershed Stewards Academy of Anne Arundel County, and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Let's get started with your congregation. Contact Bonnie at or 410-609-6852.

What a Turnout! On Wed. July 13th over 35 hopeful people attended our Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Writing Workshop. Click HERE to see the slide presentation that was given. Thanks to Berean Baptist Church for hosting the event. This workshop was offered free of charge through Blue Water Congregations, a program of Interfaith Partners for the ChesapeakeBlue Water Baltimore and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Contact Bonnie at 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

playvideo_opt.png-Faith Communities in Maryland Reduce their Polluted Runoff

-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.


St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Annapolis

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” --Winston Churchill, 1943

By Dick Williams, LEED AP BD+C, Episcopal

Starting my work career back in the late 1970s, I recall inoperable windows becoming commonplace in many buildings. They were a symbol of the times—outdoor air becoming dirtier by the decade. And, in urban areas, I believe, they reflected fear that emerged from the riots of the late 1960s. Today, with the effects of environmental degradation well documented, comes the question of how we begin a reset through environmental stewardship. What do our existing buildings say about us and how do we build new or renovate?

Environmental stewardship, for me, is a part of my Christian witness. Increasingly I’ve come to realize that it’s my calling to help protect and restore God’s Creation—for all of us. So to be able to live my business life as a sustainable design consultant who assists in the delivery of “healthy” LEED-certified buildings is indeed a blessing.

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Inspiration from St. Camillus Catholic Church

St. Mary's Annapolis

Chizuk Amuno Congregation

St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring

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