Andrea Proctor

  • published Why I Give in Newsletter 2017-06-19 14:36:56 -0400

    Why I Give

    Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

    Inside:

    • Reflection: Why I Give
    • Donate_Button.jpgGiving to IPC in Other Ways
    • NEW! Vacation Bible School Program on Water - Prince George's County
    • Get Ready for Spring Plantings!
    • FREE Webinars & Workshop -Learn how to apply for CBT Community Engagement Mini Grants
    • Upcoming Events
    • Volunteer & In-Kind Needs - Fresh Ideas!

    Why I Give
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    From my window, the saltmarsh shines golden in the autumn sunshine. Beyond, stretching to a distant shore, the blue waters of the bay are flecked with white as the northwest wind picks up. This little corner of Creation is truly beautiful; a beauty enriched by a knowledge of the wonderful web of life that lies below the surface. We all know, of course, that this web is ailing. The myriad life forms are struggling to thrive in the polluted waters that look so beautiful on the surface, and the saltmarsh is also threatened by pollution and sea-level rise, as are many of the people and communities that live near the shore and those who make their living or feed their families from the Bay or its tributaries.

    But this is not a time to simply lament. It is a time to make a difference.People everywhere have a role to play in undoing some of the damage we have inadvertently done to our common home over many decades. But the role is especially clear for people of faith, who understand the connections between the Creator and the Creation and humankind. It is they who have a special call to be stewards of this marvelous earth.

    That is why I give to Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, as generously as I can. This is one of the few organizations in the Chesapeake region that speaks to communities of faith and works with them to learn more and to do more to care for the Chesapeake and the Earth, starting in their own back yards. Every can or bottle recycled, every drop of surface water that does not simply go down the drain, every burning light turned off are all shifting the norm in society toward a more sustainable future. And every act of worship we offer deepens our commitment to be faithful in our stewardship. With IPC’s help, congregations are gaining new perspectives on how to be faithful: buildings and grounds are being modified, trees are being planted, streams are being cleaned, trash is being collected. And hearts are being changed.

    But I also give to IPC because it is one of those voices being raised in defense of public policies to safeguard our precious natural resources. Alongside other advocacy organizations we emphasize the moral imperative to protect our God-given natural environment and to stand up, as a matter of justice, for those most endangered by environmental degradation or exploitation. We are all aware that in the coming years it is likely that policy changes will only increase the threats. Our determined actions and advocacy, as well as our prayers, will be needed more than ever.

    So will you join me in this important work? IPC’s budget is tight, very tight, but the potential for making a real difference in people’s hearts and in their actions is very great. 

    Please be generous. Thank you.

    ~ Bill

    To join Bill in supporting IPC, click here. We have a goal of raising $5,000 through our December appeal, and we have raised $3,600 so far. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation - your contributions are essential to this work. 

    Bill Breakey was one of the founders of the movement that became Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. He is currently Vice-Chair of IPC’s Board of Trustees.

    (Photo by Michael Fincham)


    Giving to IPC in Other Ways

    Even if you cannot make a financial contribution to IPC, you can help us in many other ways.

    • Collection Basket - Consider asking your pastor, rabbi, or spiritual leader if you can take up a collection for IPC to contribute to this mission. This not only raises awareness about the work we do, but it helps us with our annual operating budget. Any little bit helps!
    • Smile.Amazon.com - If you shop on Amazon already, consider starting at Smile.Amazon next time instead. It's the same shopping choices,amazonsmile.jpg but you can designate IPC as your charity of choice -- and Amazon will donate to us 0.5% of every purchase you make! But, you must START at Smile.Amazon.com for your purchase to count. Simply click here to get started. 
    • Volunteer Your Time - We need assistance with our website, database, phone calling to our congregations to follow up with them, and mentoring new congregations to get them started. You can help us from home, or you can come to our office in Annapolis and we will provide you a computer to work on. We also could use photographers/videographers, social media gurus, and help with Spanish translation of our materials. Click here to sign up to volunteer.  
    • In-Kind Donations - We are in need of flip chart paper, colorful pocket folders, flip chart markers, and gift cards to Staples or VistaPrint where we do a lot of printing of handouts and flyers. Thank you!

    Sunday School or Vacation Bible School Program on Water - Prince George's County
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    A FREE training and curriculum for a Vacation Bible School (VBS) or Sunday School program will be offered to churches in Prince George's County, through a grant provided by Chesapeake Bay Trust and the PG County Department of Environment! Our program offers, for free:

    • water-themed curriculum for 5 separate activities with materials
    • training for your lead teachers, including a boat ride on the Anacostia for an in-depth experience of the content you'll be teaching
    • pre-printed banner to hang outside and advertise your program
    • one-on-one support for your team to help you succeed in putting on the program for your youth
    • participating congregations will receive a 25% discount off their Clean Water Fee since this satisfies the educational requirement 
    • More information on this flyer
    We only have 13 spots left. Already, Walker Mill Baptist Church and Richie Baptist Church have signed up! Email bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org to hold your spot!


    Gear Up for Planting Trees Next Spring Carolina_Missionary_Baptist_11.05.16_-1.JPG

    We still have openings for congregations to participate in the Trees for Sacred Places Program.  On a beautiful autumn day, members of Carolina Missionary Baptist Church turned out to plant trees dedicated in honor of loved ones.   Pastor Anthony E. Moore (pictured at left) offered a blessing of the tree planting and affirmed the role that people of faith can play in restoring God's Creation:

    "The whole idea of tree planting is critical to our being good stewards of the earth. It's part of the command that the Lord gave unto us when he gave us the earth, the land.... to be good stewards of the land which all of us have to live on, the earth. That's why we're planting trees, so that we can give more back to the earth than we take from it."

    We are still looking for several congregations, retreat centers or religious schools throughout Maryland, and specifically Prince George's County.  The program offers for FREE: professional planting plan, native trees, deer protection, all necessary tools to plant AND environmental and spiritual workshops (tailored to the congregation or religious school's needs) about the importance of planting trees and caring for God's Creation. You can learn more about the program on our webpage HERE.

    View and download the flyer for all locations EXCEPT Prince George's County HERE.
    View and download Prince George's Flyer HERE.


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    Click HERE for the flyer you can share with all the details. Click HERE to access our webpage with dates and more information and to register. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. 


     Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

    • December 8 Congratulations to First Lutheran Church in Towson as they have a free Water Audit done as part of Blue Water Congregations
    • January 13-14 Creation Care Ministry of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) retreat and 2017 planning session at Mar-Lu Ridge Center. All are welcome (you don't have to be Lutheran to attend). Contact Laura Heller at lheller1@msn.com for details
    • January 15 2 PM Free CBT Community Engagement Mini Grant Webinar hosted by IPC Click HERE to register to learn how to apply for funds
    • January 15 2-4 PM Earth Forum of Howard County, Following the Flood: Shaping the Future & Waterways of Ellicott City 
      six months later, join us as James Robey, head of the County’s His­toric Elli­cott City Flood Work­group, presents the progress, challenges, and perspectives impacting the rebuilding a sustainable, as well as historic, city. First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. Earth Forum is free and open to all. Contact earthforum@firstpreshc.org or call 410-730-3545. Child care is provided for infants and toddlers.
    • January 20-21 IPC's Board of Trustees will be meeting for their first annual overnight planning retreat - please keep them and the whole IPC team in your prayers
    • January 26 4-6 pm Environmental Legislative Summit at the Maryland Statehouse - come hear what environmental groups will be fighting for in the 2017 Maryland Legislative Session
    • January 29 2 PM Free CBT Community Engagement Mini Grant Workshop. Held in-person at Christ The King Lutheran Church 1930 Brookdale Road Windsor Mill, MD 21244 (Baltimore County) Click HERE to register
    • February 4 10 AM Free CBT Community Engagement Mini Grant Webinar hosted by IPC Click HERE to register to learn how to apply for funds

    Volunteer and In-Kind Needs 
    • We need a laptop computer, gently used is fine, with an iCore 7 processor or higher. 
    • We can always use extra supplies such as flip chart paper, flip chart markers, and colorful pocket folders.
    • We purchase a lot of printing from Staples and Vistaprint - we could use gift cards to these vendors!
    • We need a small canvas case for small external speakers (used with a projector). Do you have something you can pass along? 
    • Do you have skills in financial review? IPC is looking for probono support for an internal financial review. Call Jodi Rose at 410-609-6852 if you can help. 
    • Do you like photographyVidoegraphy? We are always looking for help taking photos at our events, and putting them together in slide shows. This is a good way to inspire other people and show them the work that is taking place across Maryland.  
    • Are you willing to make 5-10 phone calls each week for us to help us follow up with engaged congregations? 
    Thank you! Email jodi@interfaithchesapeake.org if you can help.

  • published Can Religion Save the Bay in Newsletter 2017-06-19 14:36:08 -0400

    Can Religion Save the Bay

    Inside:

    • Reflection: Can Religion Save the Bay?
    • Donate_Button.jpgWhat Issues are Important to You?
    • NEW! Vacation Bible School Program on Water - Prince George's County
    • Rain Garden Blessing at St. Pius X
    • Interfaith Collaboration Plants Trees - Your Congregation can too!
    • Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program
    • Shopping for the holidays? Support IPC through Amazon Smile!
    • Upcoming Events
    • In-Kind Needs - canvas case and photo/videography

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    Last spring I received a phone call from Michael Finch at the University of Maryland Extension Office - Maryland Sea Grant. He explained he was going to be writing an article about how faith communities are engaging in watershed restoration and had some questions for me. We talked for about an hour and I shared with him some of my personal motivations for engaging in this work. He also asked for names of others in the field and on our team who he might talk to...so I pointed him to some of our past board members like Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, Charlie Conklin, and Bill Breakey. I also pointed him to partner organizations and funders and Cassandra Carmichael of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment...so many people and groups have contributed to this movement...every person an essential piece of the puzzle. 

    What Michael put together is a beautiful expose on the intersection of Faith and Environment and how it is impacting Maryland's Bay restoration efforts. It was just released last month. You can find links to all of the articles on our home page, and here:

    1. The Case for Religious Environmentalism
    2. The Third Wave: An Environmental Movement Reaches the Chesapeake
    3. The Road to Empowerment: In the Field with Faith-Based Environmentalists 

    We are extremely proud to be highlighted in these articles -- but, more importantly, we are grateful for the many people who influenced and shaped the work of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. As we approach the month of Giving Thanks, we are mindful of the many faith-filled people who have stepped up to the plate to push this movement forward at different times. 

    And there is another "wave" of religious environmentalism that is emerging -- the Black Church is claiming their role in the movement and making their voices heard! An incredible Green the Church Summit took place last week and was attended by over 100 black pastors and lay leaders. Organized by Interfaith Power and Light, the event was a huge success from workshops to networking to a wildly fun "Sermon Slam." One pastor said "No longer should our churches be simply Places of Worship!" He challenged the audience to see their congregations as forces for change and to drive this movement to heal the Earth from the pulpits. 

    With a historical election upon us tomorrow there is no question that we are living through a time that the future will look back upon and judge for whether it successfully turned the tides on this pathway to environmental degradation --or whether our efforts fell short. With this unifying voice of all people of faith -- no matter race, creed, or walk of life-- can religion save the Bay? IPC certainly won't give up until the job is done.


    What Issues are Important to You?

    The Maryland State Legislature will begin their session in January, and your state representatives will vote on hundreds of bills that will shape Maryland's future. Many of those bills will relate to the environment. As IPC decides which bills to focus on, we want to hear what's most important to you. Do you want to ban fracking? Do you want to limit the use of antibiotics in factory farms? Do you want a foam ban?

    We have summarized the issues that might come up in the Maryland State Legislature in 2017. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey and tell us how important these issues are to you.

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    FREE Sunday School or VBS program: Living Waters - Care Share, & Protect

    A free training and curriculum for a Vacation Bible School (VBS) or Sunday School program will be offered to churches in Prince George's County, through a grant provided by Chesapeake Bay Trust and the PG County Department of Environment! Our program offers, for free:

    • water-themed curriculum for 5 separate activities with materials
    • training for your lead teachers, including a boat ride on the Anacostia for an in-depth experience of the content you'll be teaching
    • pre-printed banner to hang outside and advertise your program
    • one-on-one support for your team to help you succeed in putting on the program for your youth
    • participating congregations will receive a 25% discount off their Clean Water Fee since this satisfies the educational requirement 
    • More information on this flyer
    We only have 13 spots left. Already, Walker Mill Baptist Church and Richie Baptist Church have signed up! Email bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org to hold your spot!


    Such a Blessing!

    Yesterday, St. Pius X in Towson blessed their new bio-retention project. Hats off to lead volunteer Jenny Michalak for her patience and tenacity as this event culminated 2.5 years of work. Through the Blue Water Congregations Program, Blue Water Baltimore was able to obtain the over $89,000 it took to make this dream a reality. Designed so that congregants will be able to stroll through and sit beside what will be beautiful and peaceful meditation space come this Spring. This project will filter the stormwater runoff from their large parking lot, thus doing their part to restore creation.


    Interfaith Collaboration Plants Trees - Your Congregation can too!

    DSC_0011.JPGWe still have openings for congregations to participate in the Trees for Sacred Places Program.  These pictures were takan at the tree planting day at Catonsville Presbyterian Church where members of all ages from the congregation were joined by members of the American Friends Turkish Association (AFTA).  A workshop was offered that incorporated both Christian and Muslim teachings on care for Creation and respect for the waters.DSC_0109.JPG

    We are still looking for several congregations, retreat centers or religious schools throughout Maryland, and specifically Prince George's County.  The program offers for FREE: professional planting plan, native trees, deer protection, all necessary tools to plant AND environmental and spiritual workshops (tailored to the congregation or religious school's needs) about the importance of planting trees. You can learn more about the program on our webpage HERE.

    View and download the flyer for all locations EXCEPT Prince George's County HERE.
    View and download Prince George's Flyer HERE.


     Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program

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    The Chesapeake Bay Trust has an Environmental Education grant program open which awards funding to environmental education programs for pre-K through 12th grade students in Maryland. The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and expand pre-K through 12 environmental education programs and increase student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences

    For more information please check out their website www.cbtrust.org/grants/environmentaleducation and review the Request for Proposal for the full description of the services being requested and how to apply.

    Deadline: December 9, 2016 at 5pmContact the grant manager with questions or assistance: Tara Baker410-974-2941, ext 102.


    If you must shop for the holidays, Support IPC at Amazon Smile!

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    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Simply click HERE and select Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake as your charitable organization of choice. That's it! Next time you shop online, make sure you start at AmazonSmile and IPC will receive .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.


    Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

    • November 8 - National Elections - Your Vote Counts!
    • November 12 Green Muslims Outdoor Education Program for youth ages 13-18 - Find out more HERE
    • November 12 - Claggett Center (Adamstown, MD)- Tree Planting Day and Workshop 10am-3pm.
    • November 12 - St. Alban's Episcopal Church (Salisbury, MD) - Tree Planting Day 9am-12.
    • November 13-15 - Chapman Dialogues~Conversations on Faith presents "Faith and the Environment." Click HERE for more info.
    • November 19 - St. Andrew by the Bay (Annapolis, MD) - Tree Planting Day and Workshop
    • November 19 - Blue Water Baltimore fall tree planting @Chinquapin Run, 9am-noon. Sign up HERE
    • November 20 - Earth Forum of Howard County presents a post-election round table "What's Next For Our Environment?" 2pm, First Presbyterian Church of Howard County. Click HERE for more info.
    • November 20 - Global Day of Jewish Learning "Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations" Click HERE to register.
    • November 29 - #GivingTuesday! For the holidays, in lieu of giving your loved ones more "stuff", honor them with a gift to IPC!
    • December 3-4 - Join a retreat for activists, "Where Spirit and Action Meet," at the Trinitarians Retreat Center in Baltimore, MD. Co-led by Kaira Jewel Lingo and Marisela Gomez. More information HERE. Register HERE.

    Volunteer and In-Kind Needs 

    • Willing to help us stuff envelopes? Email jodi@interfaithchesapeake.org
    • We need a small canvas case for small external speakers (used with a projector). Do you have something you can pass along? Contact Kolya Braun-Greiner atkolya@interfaithchesapeake.org or call us at 410-609-6852 if you do!  Shout out to Laura Heller for her gift of speakers provided! Thank you!
    • Do you have skills in financial review? IPC is looking for probono support for an internal financial review. Call Jodi Rose at 410-609-6852 if you can help. 
    • Do you like photography? Vidoegraphy? We are always looking for help taking photos at our events, and putting them together in slide shows. This is a good way to inspire other people and show them the work that is taking place across Maryland. If this is something you can help with, please contact Jodi Rose at 410-609-6852
    • Are you willing to make 5 phone calls each week for us to help us follow up with engaged congregations? 
    Thank you! Email jodi@interfaithchesapeake.org if you can help.

  • published Caring for God's Creation in Newsletter 2017-06-19 14:32:16 -0400

    Caring for God's Creation

    June 2017 Issue 2

    Inside:

    • Reflection: Green Muslims - Caring for God’s Creation During Ramadan and Beyond.
    • Donate_Button.jpgJoin Us in October for a Second Sacred Grounds Workshop for Montgomery County Congregations.
    • Sign up for Our Upcoming Prince George's Alternative Compliance Program (ACP) Workshops.
    • FREE Trees Available for Prince George's County Congregations.
    • Be Part of the Trees for Sacred Places Project on the Eastern Shore and in Howard County.
    • Exploration Charters in Upper Bay & Anacostia River.
    • IPC on Baltimore's WYPR this Thursday!
    • Faith & Climate Change Webinar.
    • Upcoming Events.
    • Volunteer & In-Kind Needs.

    In this issue, we have invited the Green Muslims team to share their reflections on Ramadan and their recommitment to being good environmental stewards. 

    Green_Muslims-2.jpgO you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may become righteous. - (2:183, The Qur’an) 

    Ramadan is the holiest month in Islam during which Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from dawn to sundown and indulge in extra prayer, charity and community service. Every year, Ramadan starts on a different day in the Gregorian calendar as Muslims follow the lunar calendar. As the scripture above states, fasting is prescribed to enable Muslims to become more righteous by spiritually reconnecting with God and recommitting to the core teachings of Islam. 

    It is this blessed month during which the very first verses of the Qu’ran, the Islamic holy book, were revealed and therefore, many Muslims make it a daily practice to refer to it and reconnect with it. So, every Ramadan, like most Muslim groups, Green Muslims organizes events to engage our communities in recommitting to core Quranic teachings that call for caring for God’s creation and conserving resources. Specifically, we seek to remind our communities that God commands us to “walk gently on Earth” (25:63, The Qur’an). 

    Green_Muslims-1.jpgOn the 9th day of Ramadan (June 4th), Green Muslims held its first event. We participated in the “Run for Clean Energy 5k” organized by the Clean Energy Leadership Institute at Fletcher’s Cove. We organized an interfaith team of runners in support of young professionals pursuing careers in clean energy. Our team consisted of Muslims (yes, they were fasting!) and supporters from the interfaith community. It was truly inspiring to see faith communities come together early on a Saturday morning to participate in a 5k supporting clean energy the same week the current administration decided to pull out of the Paris Agreement. 

    On the 14th day of Ramadan (June 9th), Green Muslims held its signature popular event, “The Annual Leftar”. The leftar is especially important to us because it is how Green Muslims began. In Ramadan 2007, a small group of Muslim friends hosted a zero-trash community potluck iftar at which bringing leftovers was encouraged, i.e. a leftar.  It was at this leftar that this dedicated group came together as “Green Muslims” and committed to raising environmental awareness in Muslim communities near and far. Since then, every year, Green Muslims gathers in the historic Meridian Hill Park to not only celebrate the organization humble beginnings during this blessed month but to also remind our communities not to be wasteful with food and other resources. To mark our ten-year anniversary, Green Muslims shared tools such as reusable water bottles and eco-friendly utensils with attendees so that they can use them at other iftars; a small yet effective action to green their Ramadan and recommit to “walk gently on Earth.” 

    Alhamdullilah (Praise to God), we are extremely grateful for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon Green Muslims this month. These blessings are truly apparent from all the love and support we have received from Muslim communities and interfaith communities. We pray that our efforts to do environmental outreach and awareness raising based on Qur’anic teachings guide individuals and communities irrespective of their faith background to work together to conserve resources, support clean energy and protect our planet. To learn more about Green Muslims click HERE or email at contact@greenmuslims.org.

    The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for guidance and criterion (between right and wrong). - (2-185, The Qur’an)


    Join Us For a Nature Walk

    Girls_at_edge.JPGBack by popular demand -- our One Water Partnership Nature Walks have been so well received we decided to keep them going.  Come be inspired, take a walk in the park to connect your spirituality with nature. Though these walks are focused on the Jones Falls anyone is welcome to join us. You can check us out and then plan a similar walk to motivate members of your congregation to take action to improve your local watershed. The walk routes and information can be found on our website HERE.  Our next Nature Walk will be in Druid Hill Park on Sunday, June 25th at 2PM

    Thanks to our friends at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church we will meet at their parking lot at 1:30PM and then head over to the park. Contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call her at 443-799-0349 for the details or pre-register by clicking HERE. Download a promotional flyer HERE to share.


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    Congregations Commit to Protecting Jones Falls Watershed

    Congratulations to the churches who have expressed interest in joining the One Water Partnership in Jones Falls. Many of them have already attended Visioning Sessions to prioritize how their congregations can take action to have a positive impact on their shared watershed.

    Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Church of the Redeemer, Memorial Episcopal Church, Shrine of the Sacred Heart, St. Ignatius Church, Har Sinai Congregation, Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, Homewood Friends Meeting, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Govans Presbyterian Church, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Church of the Guardian Angel, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, six:eight UCC, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, and Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church.

    Want to learn more about the One Water Partnership? Click HERE to go to our webpage. Fill out this brief interest form and we'll follow up to schedule a conversation on your congregation's interests and capacity.


    postcard_nwf_invite_sacred_grounds-001.jpgJoin Us in October for a Second Sacred Grounds Workshop for Montgomery County Congregations

    IPC is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation and others to offer Montgomery County congregations a Sacred Grounds webinar & in person workshops to learn how your community can receive up to $10,000 to beautify your grounds, conserve water and create habitat for wildlife. The first workshop was held on June 18th and a second workshop will be offered on October 15th (location TBD). Join us! Click HERE to listen to a recording of the webinar and learn more.


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    FREE Trees and Program Available for Prince George's County Congregations 

    Would you like to beautify your grounds and leave a legacy for future generations of your faith community? Want to save money on your stormwater fee charged by the County?  Wish to engage youth and adults in a community building activity that expresses your care for God's Creation?  Does your congregation have room for 30 trees?  Are you excited to hear about this free program, Trees for Sacred Places, that offers all of these benefits along with a spiritual workshop offering your faith tradition's teachings on stewardship of the earth and waters?  

    We are still looking for several congregations, retreat centers or religious schools located in Prince Georges's County. You can learn more about the program HERE. Interested? Contact Bonnie Sorak

    View and download Prince George's Flyer HERE.


    PG_County_Seal.pngSign up for Our Upcoming Prince George's Alternative Compliance Program (ACP) Workshops

    Sign up for our webinar on Tuesday, June 20th 12pm - 1pm webinar sign-up click HERE or join us in person for the next workshop on Saturday, July 22nd 10am - 12pm (location TBD) workshop sign-up click HERE. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the ACP and get your questions answered. Questions? Contact Anna at anna@interfaithchesapeake.org


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    Be Part of the Trees for Sacred Places Project on the Eastern Shore and in Howard County

    Do you live on the Eastern Shore or in Howard County? IPC and the Alliance for the Chesapeake has openings in our Trees for Sacred Places Project into Howard County and the Eastern Shore.  If your congregation is interested in learning more, please contact our Program Manager, Anna Awimbo.


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    Exploration Charters in Upper Bay and on the Anacostia River

    Want to take your faith group out on the water to get up close and personal with God's Creation and see firsthand how faithful stewards can better protect it? This summer you have 2 Options!

    Upper Bay: Coastal Anthology, a boat tour/guide outfit in the Susquehanna/Upper Bay area, is offering up to 4 cost-free, 4-hour, on-the-water exploration charters for faith groups of 6 or less. IPC can provide discussion questions that your group can take with you. After those 4 slots for free charters are filled, up to 6 additional faith groups can request a tour at a negotiated price. The standard price is $60 per hour for a 4-hour tour.  A description of Coastal Anthology charters can be found HERE.

    Anacostia River: Anacostia Riverkeeper is once again offering free boat tours. 1-hour and 2-hour tours are available for groups up to 20 people. Grab your spiritual leader and go take a reality tour of DC's River!

    Contact IPC at info@interfaithchesapeake.org to request a tour on either of these trips.

    Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities 

    • June 20 12-1PM Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program Online Webinar to sign up click HERE.
    • June 21 10AM-12PM Connecting for a Cleaner Anacostia River - first in a series of conversations about the health of the Anacostia River. More info HERE.
    • June 23 Advance screening of "From the Ashes." Annapolis Friends Meeting, 7-9PMClick HERE to learn more.
    • June 25 2PM One Water Partnership Nature Walk. Druid Hill Park. Parking at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. Contact email Bonnie Sorak for details or pre-register HERE to get updates.
    • June 27 Integrated Pest Management for the Garden presented by UME Master Gardeners. 6:30-8PMClick HERE for more info.
    • July 8 Rain Barrel Building presented by Blue Water Baltimore. 1-3PM. $65 (covers cost of supplies). Click HERE to RSVP.
    • July 21 Green Muslims are hosting a zero-waste Itfar dinner during Ramadan, called at Leftar! Meridian Hill Park, DC. Details HERE.
    • July 22 10AM-12PM Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program Workshop (Location To Be Determined) to sign up click HERE.

    Volunteer and In-Kind Needs 
    • Do you have extra 1-inch 3-ring binders at home or the office? We are looking for binders that have a slot on the front cover to slide a cover page in. 
    • Do you like photographyVidoegraphy? We are always looking for help taking photos at our events, and putting them together in slide shows.  
    • Are you willing to make 5-10 phone calls each week for us to help us follow up with engaged congregations? 
    • Are you willing to help us coordinate volunteers? We can use your help!
    • We could use colored pocket folders (blue, green, yellow or orange - to match our logo colors)
    Thank you!

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