Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters

 


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MARYLAND

In rush to cut taxes and fees, lawmakers are sacrificing long-term environmental sustainability

"I was disheartened to read that both Republican and Democratic legislators are already making plans to repeal the stormwater management fees designed to pay for projects that mitigate the only source of Chesapeake Bay pollution that is still on the rise ..."

Letter from Mary Gaut    Read the whole letter 


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 Princes Georges County Stormwater Program Launched

photo by Michael Yourishin, PG Co. MD
[photo: Mike Yourishin]

Executive Director, Jodi Rose, spoke at a spirited celebration on Oct. 22 for the launch of a new stormwater program for houses of worship in Prince Georges County. Congregations in Prince Georges County can now participate in an Alternative Compliance Program to pay the stormwater fee and in so doing reduce or eliminate their fees.  The launch at Forestville New Redeemer Baptist church pastored by Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, showcased plans for installing a raingarden, pervious parking lot, tree planting, and rain barrels, with all costs covered by the fees collected by the county from other sources.  Stormwater management installations of this type can reduce congregation's fee by 50%, offering educational and worship /sermons on watershed stewardship reduces fee by an additional 25%, and forming a "green team" by another 25%.  By so doing they act as a model of watershed stewardship for neighbors and neighboring congregations.


Save Some "GREEN"

We’ve heard that 2/3 of Baltimore congregations have NOT YET applied for your stormwater utility fee reduction! Please visit our Blue Water Congregations page for instructions how to get this done


 VIEW this video from Clean Water Coalition

Faith Communities Caring for Creation by Reducing Polluted Runoff


Anne Arundel County, MD

RIVER WISE CONGREGATIONS

Capture runoff from your property and reduce river pollution. A new program offers places of worship professionally designed and installed storm water management improvements and train congregants to become Watershed Stewards. Check out the flyer and/or email Bonnie Sorak for more information.


 

 

 

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What are You Thirsty for?

(Sermon given by Executive Director, Jodi Rose, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, June 22, 2014)

There is a saying that is Aboriginal Australian in origin and it reads: 

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. 

But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. 

My liberation is bound up in yours, and yours in mine. We must work together to bring about God’s Kingdom – that is how our Creator intended it.

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A Climate for Runoff

Churches and Stormwater

Tend and Keep

Mourning for the Earth

Rev. Riverkeeper

Opportunities for Congregations


Trees For Sacred Places

(Formerly "10,000 Trees")

FREE:

  • 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 kolya@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 516-776-6129.

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 BLUE WATER CONGREGATIONS

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 four Blue Water Congregations are off and running. A session was held on May 7th with representatives from four super motivated congregations: Faith Presbyterian Church, Church of the Redeemer, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and St. Pius X. With a focus on reducing their polluted stormwater runoff, and with the assistance of a facilitator, they are beginning the process of “community visioning” to develop their congregational aspirations towards sustainability.  Based upon the results of water audits completed by Blue Water Baltimore, these congregations will now consider plans for installing rain gardens, cisterns or rain barrels, removal of impermeable surfaces, etc., in addition to pursuing any other issues they feel called to address within their communities. Ultimately, we will be working with these congregations to apply for grant funding to help make their green dreams a reality. IPC wants to work together to get your congregation started in the program too! Go to our BWC page for more information or contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org today.

Don’t miss this great opportunity! Contact Bonnie Sorak:  bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org.

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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 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