Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters


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Bring the encyclical to life! IPC is excited to announce an experiential, interfaith series for young adults to heighten awareness on local issues and cultivate new public advocates. Young adults (20s and 30s) of any faith are encouraged to join us this fall for an amazing 3-part series designed to strengthen our understanding of Pope Francis' encyclical teachings and how to relate his call to action in our everyday lives.  Participants will gain knowledge about our relationship with water, local threats to clean water, and how to actively respond to the profound ecological and moral challenges of our time.  Click here for more information and registration.

The Capital Gazette shines a spotlight on our partners at Payne Memorial AME Church in Jessup, MD. Pastor Wanda London chose two members of her congregation, Kirvin Bonner and Luches Sheffied, to take part in a special program through the Watershed Stewards Academy called the RiverWise Congregations Program. Read the whole piece HERE.

Faith Leaders Urge Chesapeake Governors to Recommit to Bay Restoration.  IPC organized the signing of a letter by over 100 faith leaders from many traditions across the watershed for the meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council on July 23, reminding them of the sacredness of Creation.  Read the letter

IPC Featured in NET TV CUSTODY + CREATION — a visually moving documentary, which follows scientists, theologians, and the passionate people behind local causes, as they present viable solutions for taking on the issues of pollution, energy, and what Pope Francis has described as a “disposable culture.” See the documentary at .

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

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

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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

Opportunities for Congregations

Trees For Sacred Places

(Formerly "10,000 Trees")


  • Environmental Workshop on the contribution of trees the Chesapeake watershed
  • Spiritual Workshop on the meaning of stewardship, trees and water in our faith traditionTree_Planting_10_17_2010_042_opt.jpg
  • Training on planting and maintenance of trees  


Contact Kolya Braun-Greiner at

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Alsrainbarrel_opt.jpgIn partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, IPC engages Baltimore City congregations to reduce polluted runoff and receive a credit on their stormwater utility fees.  The program offers:

  • Educational workshops on the sacredness of water and the problems of polluted runoff
  • Technical assistance for remediation
  • Planning and execution of remediation projects

The first five Blue Water Congregations completed their action plans and are now applying for grant funding! With a focus on reducing their polluted runoff, Faith Presbyterian Church, Church of the Redeemer, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, St. Pius X, and Kadampa Buddhist Community have taken important steps in caring for Creation and inspiring others to do the same. Read more on our BWC page or contact Bonnie Sorak at to sign up your Baltimore Congregation!

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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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