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  • published Caring for the Whole Family of Creation in Newsletter 2018-08-15 14:52:09 -0400

    St. Francis - Caring for the Whole Family of Creation

    October 2017 Issue 1

    Inside:

    • Reflection: St. Francis - Caring for the Whole Family of Creation
    • Donate_Button.jpgHands Across the Potomac
    • Lutheran 500 Trees Project-Celebration at Carroll Lutheran Village
    • One Water Partnership Completes Cohort-Still Space for One-Two Action Congregations 
    • Silver Spring UMC Installs Stormwater Habitat Features
    • Calling All Baltimore City Faith Leaders
    • Eco-Reformation Day - October 21
    • Join Us Oct. 13 for a Second Sacred Grounds Workshop for Montgomery County Congregations
    • Prince George's Congregations Needed to Plant Trees
    • Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program
    • Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities
    • Volunteer & In-Kind Needs

    St. Francis - Caring for the Whole Family of Creation

    Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis, marks the culmination of the Season of Creation celebrated by Christians around the world. Many churches observe the Feast of St. Francis as an opportunity to renew their commitment to care for what Francis of Assisi called "our dear Sister Mother Earth." On this occasion, some congregations celebrate a "Blessing of the Animals" when people bring their pets to receive a blessing, thereby honoring creatures in the way of Francis. He held the animals with such deep respect that "Francis called all creatures, no matter how small, since he knew they had the same source as himself" (Bonaventure) - Sister Bird, Brother Wolf for example. He preached to the animals and even wanted the emperor to ask all citizens to scatter grain along the roads on Christmas Day so that the birds and other animals would have plenty to eat.

    The native trees planted by congregations through the Trees for Sacred Placesprogram is another way that people of faith are supporting the web of life so that wildlife have plenty to eat. Only native trees host the native insects, whose larvae become the caterpillars that feed baby birds. It takes about 6,000 caterpillars to feed just one nest of baby Chickadees until they fly!  Let us know if your congregation is interested in planting trees next year (bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org) and share this flyer to promote the idea as a way to start or expand your Creation Care or Green Ministry. And the 500 Trees project, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is planting trees too, such as those at Carroll Lutheran Village, putting their faith into action planting 60 native trees, celebrated with a blessing from Bishop Gohl. (See story below) 

    Saint Francis, known as the Patron Saint "of those who promote ecology" (declared by Pope John Paul II), lived in a largely pre-literate society, so the common human experience of the world was not yet mediated through words, but rather through direct experience. There wasn't then the deep rift we have inherited, a kind of dualism - humans vs. nature. And Pope Francis, who took his name from St. Francis, expressed these connections in the encyclical, Laudato Si, Our Common Home, which is a wonderful book study for people of any faith. The encyclical articulates how we heal our wounded relationship with Creation:

    Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth. (92)

    So, during this Season of Creation - and beyond!, we invite you to take a few moments to turn to Creation for a time of reverent mediation as Francis did to restore your souls, to mend our relationship with earth, and to strengthen you for the healing work of restoration. May this prayer from Francis offer a start:

    Our hands imbibe like roots, so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.
    And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens light.

    Kolya Braun-Greiner, MDiv
    IPC Religious Educator


    Hands Across the Potomac

    In a show of defense of clean water and equitable distribution of natural resources, you can participate in a public resistance against a pipeline that is proposed under the Potomac River. Join "Hands Across the Potomac," an event organized by Chesapeake Climate Action Network. For event details and to RSVP, click HERE. This event will take place Saturday October 14, 2017 at 12 noon, in Sharpsburg, Maryland. 


    Lutheran 500 Trees Project - Celebration at Carroll Lutheran Village 
    During 2017 congregations throughout the DE-MD Lutheran Synod (and around the world) are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The DE-MD Lutheran Creation Care Team, in collaboration with Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (MEEP) is recruiting congregations to celebrate by planting trees through its  500 Trees Project. For more information or to sign up for tree planting next year, contact Deacon Laura Heller, lheller1@msn.comCarroll Lutheran Village was motivated to participate by the enthusiasm of Jean Hauk, member of the Exterior Care & Grounds Committee along with Carl Martens (both are pictured left in the middle with Bishop Gohl), who helped design a planting plan with a wide variety of native trees.  They were inspired to participate in 500 Trees by attending a Workshop led by IPC at Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center. They successfully organized the planting of 60 native trees at Carroll Lutheran Village. On September 13, a gala celebration was officiated by Bishop William Gohl who blessed all the trees and the volunteers during a beautiful ceremony. Read more about this story in the Carroll County Times

    Final_OWP_Facebook_Graphic.jpgOne Water Partnership Fills Cohort of Covenant Congregations 

    Still Openings for More Congregations to get Involved by doing One or Two Actions

    We have reached and exceeded our goal of 15 "covenant" congregations joining the One Water Partnership. Congratulations to all these congregations who, in addition to forming or supporting their congregational Green Teams and signing a commitment, will also take at least 4 actions to improve their shared Jones Falls watershed over the next year: Beth AmBrown Memorial Presbyterian ChurchCathedral of the Incarnation ,  Chizuk AmunoGovan's Presbyterian ChurchHar SinaiHomewood Friends Meeting,  Memorial Episcopal ChurchMt. Lebanon Baptist ChurchSt. Ignatius Catholic ChurchSt. Luke's on The Avenue Lutheran Church with six:eight ChurchSt. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, The Church of the Guardian Angel, The Church of the Redeemer Shrine of the Sacred Heart

    Thanks to these 14 congregations that are participating by taking at least one action: Ark Church, Baltimore Ethical Society, Corpus Christi Church, First Unitarian, Grace Lutheran Church, ​Homestead United Methodist Church, Kingdom Restorers International, Mt Vernon Place United Methodist Church, New Waverly United Methodist Church, Nu Season Nu Day, St. David's Episcopal Church, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Sweet Prospect Baptist Church

    Check out what you might do at your congregation by Clicking HERE for our full Menu of Actions.  Email Bonnie Sorak or call her at 443-799-0349 for the details. Fill out this brief interest form and we'll follow up to schedule a conversation on your congregation's interests and capacity.

     Let's add your congregation to this list!

    Silver Spring UMC Installs Stormwater and Habitat Features

    Check out this article on Silver Spring United Methodist Church - one of our "superstar churches"! If they can do it with their congregation, you can too. Thanks to Rob Horn a wonderful faithful steward. Contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org to see how to get started.


    Calling All Baltimore City Faith Leaders

    The Baltimore City Council will soon vote on a zoning ordinance to ban crude oil train terminals and our friends at Interfaith Power & Light have written a letter in support of the ban. If you are a faith leader living and/or working in Baltimore City, please prayerfully consider adding your name to the growing list of those who are standing together in defense of Creation. You can read the letter HERE.


    Eco-Reformation Day - October 21

    Please join in the celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation by planting trees and learning about how to be good stewards of God’s bountiful creation at at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave, Baltimore, MD. At 2:00 PM, planting of Maryland native trees and fruit trees will begin. Following the planting, there will be information shared by the Delaware-Maryland Synod Creation Care Ministry on energy conservation, clean energy, clean water, community gardens, and other creation stewardship topics. Free plants and garden seeds as well as pumpkins and gourds will be available for participants to take with them. The day’s events will conclude with a joyful worship service beginning at 5:00 PM.  For additional information please contact Deacon Laura Heller, lheller1@msn.com443-791-0248.


    postcard_nwf_invite_sacred_grounds-001.jpgJoin Us October 15 for a Second Sacred GroundsWorkshop for Montgomery County Congregations

    IPC supports the National Wildlife Federation and others to offer Montgomery County congregations a Sacred Grounds webinar and 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 Sunday, October 15, 2:30-6PM at the Imaam Center, Silver Spring, MD. Join us! Click HERE to listen to a recording of the webinar.


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    Attention Prince Georges County Congregations: Hurry for the last spots in our FREE Tree Planting Program 

    Fall planting dates are filling up fast. If you would like to beautify the grounds at your congregation and leave a legacy for future generations of your faith community please contact us NOW. This is a great way to engage youth and adults in a community building and healing activity that expresses your care for God's Creation.  Even if your congregation does not have room for 30 trees a Youth Group, Men's Ministry, Social Justice Committee, etc. can help plant trees on an off-site location. Don't wait until it is too late. Go to our Trees for Sacred Places webpage  

    You can learn more about the program HERE. Interested? Contact Bonnie Sorak

    View and download Prince George's Flyer HERE.


    PG_County_Seal.pngPrince George's County Alternative Compliance Program

    Interested in learning more about how your congregation can save money through the Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program? IPC staff are offering free one-on-one support to help you achieve reductions in your congregation’s Clean Water fee. This support is paid for by a grant from the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, but is open to only 20 congregations. Questions? Contact Anna Awimbo at anna@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 410-609-6852.


     Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities 

    • October 3 Trees for Sacred Places Workshop, 10-11AM at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City.
    • October 6 Film "Racing Extinction" 7PM. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville. More info HERE.
    • October 7 Trees for Sacred Places Workshop and Tree Planting Day, 8AM-Noon at LIFEPoint Church, Waldorf.
    • October 8 "Green Day" at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Baltimore - Speakers on solar power, home energy savings and stormwater management. Screening of "We are All Smith Islanders". Click HERE for detailed flyer. A One Water Partnership event.
    • October 14 Trees for Sacred Places tree planting day, 9-11AM at Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City.
    • October 14 Anacostia River Festival - 11AM-4PM View flyer in English or Spanish. IPC could use some help tabling at this event especially if you can speak Spanish. Please contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org if you can help.
    • October 14 Workshop: "Seed Saving in Your Garden" presented by UME Master Gardners, 9-10AM. Parks & People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore. Click HERE for more info.
    • October 14 Plant & Seed Swap, 10AM-12PM Parks & People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore. Click HERE for more info.
    • October 15 Sacred Grounds Workshop, 2:30-6PM at the Imaam Center, Silver Spring.
    • October 21 Trees for Sacred Places Workshop and Tree Planting at Union Bethel AME, Brandywine.
    • October 21 Our Executive Director, Jodi Rose, will be speaking at the Catholic Call To Action East Coast Conference in Baltimore.
    • October 21 Eco-Reformation Day, 2PM with oyful worship at 5PM, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave, Baltimore.
    • October 25 BES Community Open House. Informal gathering hosted by Parks & People Foundation to share the research of Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). Free and open to all. 5:30PM. Click HERE for details.
    • October 29 Tree Planting Day and Workshop, (Time TBA) at Central Baptist Church, Temple Hills.
    • November 5 Film "Merchants of Doubt" followed by a panel discussion, 3PM, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. Click HEREfor more info. A One Water Partnership event.
    • November 13 "Your Voice, Your Earth Take Action!" Learn from elected officials on how to impact state and national environmental issues in the year ahead. 6-8PM Van Gogh Cafe (300 S. Ann St., Baltimore). Registration is free and required. Click HERE for more info.
    • November 16 11th Annual Trash Summit at Nationals Park in Washington DC. This year's theme is Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water and Healthy Lives. Early bird registration is now open

    Volunteer and In-Kind Needs 
    • Are you willing to help us coordinate volunteers? We can use your help!
    • Do you like photography? Vidoegraphy? 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? 
    Thank you! 

  • published Maryland Senators Directory - 2018 2018-03-14 15:45:23 -0400

    Maryland Senators Directory - 2018

    Maryland State Senators

    Not sure who your State Senator is? Visit www.mdelect.net and enter your address to search for your representatives. 

    **Denotes Senators who are potential supporters, but have not confirmed yet. They need to hear your support of Senate Bill 610.

    Title Last Name First Name District Phone Number Email Address
    Senator Astle John 30

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3578

    (410) 841-3578, (301) 858-3578

    John.Astle@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Bates Gail 9 (301) 858-3671 Gail.Bates@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Benson Joanne 24

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3148

    (410) 841-3148, (301) 858-3148

    Joanne.Benson@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Brochin James 42

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3648

    (410) 841-3648, (301) 858-3648

    Jim.Brochin@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Cassilly Robert 34

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3158

    (410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158

    Bob.Cassilly@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Conway Joan 43

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3145

    (410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145

    Joan.Carter.Conway@senate.state.md.us
    Senator

    Currie**

    Ulysses 25

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3127

    (301) 858-3127, (410) 841-3127

    Ulysses.Currie@senate.state.md.us
    Senator DeGrange** James E 32

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3593

    (410) 841-3593, (301) 858-3593

    James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Eckardt** Adelaide 37

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3590

    (410) 841-3590, (301) 858-3590

    Adelaide.Eckardt@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Edwards George 1

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3565

    (410) 841-3565, (301) 858-3565 

    George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Feldman Brian 15

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3169

    (410) 841-3169, (301) 858-3169

    Brian.Feldman@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Ferguson Bill 46

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3600

    (410) 841-3600, (301) 858-3600

    Bill.Ferguson@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Guzzone Guy 13

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3572

    (410) 841-3572, (301) 858-3572

    Guy.Guzzone@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Hershey Stephen S 36

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3639

    (410) 841-3639, (301) 858-3639

    Steve.Hershey@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Hough Michael 4

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3704

    (410) 841-3704, (301) 858-3704

    Michael.Hough@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Jennings JB 7

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3706

    (410) 841-3706, (301) 858-3706

    JB.Jennings@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Kagan** Cheryl 17

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3134

    (410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134

    Cheryl.Kagan@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Kasemeyer** Edward 12

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3653

    (410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653

    Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Kelley Delores 10

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3606

    (410) 841-3606, (301) 858-3606

    Delores.Kelley@senate.state.md.us
    Senator King Nancy 39

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3686

    (410) 841-3686, (301) 858-3686

    Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Klausmeier** Katherine 8

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3620

    (410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620

    Katherine.Klausmeier@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Lee Susan 16

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3124

    (410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124

    Susan.Lee@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Madaleno Richard S 18

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3137

    (410) 841-3137, (301) 858-3137

    Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Manno Roger 19

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3151

    (410) 841-3151, (301) 858-3151

    Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Mathias James N 38

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3645

    (410) 841-3645, (301) 858-3645

    James.Mathias@senate.state.md.us
    Senator McFadden Nathaniel 45

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3165

    (410) 841-3165, (301) 858-3165

    Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Middleton** Thomas 28

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3616

    (410) 841-3616, (301) 858-3616

    Thomas.Mclain.Middleton@senate.state.md.us
    Senate President Miller Thomas V. Mike 27

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3700

    (410) 841-3700, (301) 858-3700

    thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Muse Anthony 26

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3092

    (410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092

    Anthony.Muse@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Nathan-Pulliam Shirley 44

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3612

    (410) 841-3612, (301) 858-3612

    Shirley.Nathan.Pulliam@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Oaks Nathaniel 41

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3697

    (410) 841-3697, (301) 858-3697

    Nathaniel.Oaks@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Peters** Douglas J 23

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3631

    (410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631

    Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Pinsky Paul 22

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3155

    (410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155

    Paul.Pinsky@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Ramirez Victor 47

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3745

    (410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745

    Victor.Ramirez@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Ready Justin 5

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3683

    (410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683

    Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Reilly Edward 33

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3568

    (410) 841-3568, (301) 858-3568

    Edward.Reilly@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Robinson Barbara 40

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3656

    (410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656

    Barbara.Robinson@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Rosapepe Jim 21

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141

    (410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141

    Jim.Rosapepe@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Salling Johnny 6

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3587

    (410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587

    JohnnyRay.Salling@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Serafini Andrew 2

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3903

    (410) 841-3903, (301) 858-3903

    Andrew.Serafini@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Simonaire Bryan 31

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3658

    (410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658

    Bryan.Simonaire@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Smith William 20

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634

    (410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634

    Will.Smith@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Waugh Steve 29

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3673 

    (410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673

    Steve.Waugh@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Young Ronald 3

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3575

    (410) 841-3575, (301) 858-3575

    Ronald.Young@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Zirkin** Bobby 11

    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3131

    (410) 841-3131, (301) 858-3131

    Bobby.Zirkin@senate.state.md.us
    Senator Zucker Craig 14

    1-800-492-7122 ext. 3625

    (410) 841-3625, (301) 858-3625

    craig.zucker@senate.state.md.us

  • Petition in Support of Forest Conservation Act Amendments

    This letter, and a list of all signatories, will be sent to all Members of House Environment and Transportation Committee, and Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in during the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session. To learn more about this legislation, click here


     

    265 signatures

    Forest Conservation Act Amendments

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    Senate Bill 610/ House Bill 766

    As a person of faith who respects the sanctity of the Earth and the whole web of life, I am writing to ask for your support for the Forest Conservation Act amendments, SB 610/HB 766.

    Children once played easily in trees in their back yard, at a park down the street, or at Grandma’s house. But, today, forests are hard to find – when was the last time you spotted a child climbing a tree?

    Over the past eight years, over 14,000 acres of forest have been lost due to development. Forests play a crucial role in stabilizing soil, improve water quality, offer important mammal habitats, and reduce ambient air temperatures with cooling shade. The Forest Conservation Act amendments will help protect priority forests for future generations.

    The loss of tree canopy is felt by the general public and future generations, while developers profit from transforming land away from its natural state. Over the past three years, thousands of people of faith have planted over 13,000 trees at their churches, synagogues, and temples. However, for every 1 acre of forest planted by the faith community, Maryland lost 40 acres. Society cannot keep up with this pace of forest decimation. We need your help.

    Please support Forest Conservation Act amendments to strengthen it so that we can truly protect forests and reverse this alarming trend.

    We shall not steal trees from the next generation. Can we count on you to fight for sustained forest cover by supporting this bill?

    Please vote in support of the Forest Conservation Act Amendments.

    Add signature

  • published Advocacy 2017-05-30 09:31:52 -0400

    Advocacy

    Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on UnsplashActing from our faith convictions, we join our voices with others in the region who call for responsible public policies that promote healthy watersheds.

    To bring about major change, public policies are needed to undo the harm that has been done to our environment, specifically the watersheds of the Chesapeake region. We citizens have a moral obligation to engage in the political process in ways that align with our values.

    What Can You Do?


    2018 Maryland Legislative Update

    This was a disappointing session for many environmental bills. Here’s a summary of how things went in the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session.

    greencheckmark.pngBills that Passed

    None of the bills IPC was tracking passed this legislative session. A full review of all environmental legislation this session is provided by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters here

     

    redcircle.pngBills that Didn’t Pass

    SB610/HB766 - Forest Conservation Act Amendments – This bill received huge grassroots support and caught the attention of many legislators, but did not pass. After first being amended to be a "Task Force Bill", which would require legislators to study the issue of forest losses in Maryland, House leaders watered down the Task Force Bill so significantly that the Senate did not like it. The last version of the Task Force Bill passed the House, but the Senate chose not to pass it. 

    Here's how the faith community engaged:

    The Rev. Diana Caroll of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Eastport testified at the House hearing on February 21st in support of the Forest Conservation Act amendments. The Rev. Sue Lowcock-Harris of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County had this letter-to-the-editor "Thou Shall Not Steal Trees" published in the Bay Weekly about the moral duty to protect forests. The Rev. Franklin Lance of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and director of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council secured a letter signed by the leaders of 6 major denominations (United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Maryland-Delaware Synod, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Presbytery of Baltimore-PCUSA). Montgomery County faithful citizens spoke with their state delegate and Chair of the House Environmental Committee Del. Kumar Barve about the importance of forest protection. Finally, 262 faithful signed this petition supporting amendments to strengthen the Forest Conservation Act – the signatures were submitted as written testimony to state officials. Many forwarded it to friends and family and posted on social media about it.

    SB651/HB538 - Ban on Expanded Polystyrene – This was never brought up for a formal vote in the House Environment Committee, despite intense grassroots support including from youth in Baltimore City. An unfavorable vote in the Senate Finance Committee killed the bill before crossover date.

    Here's how the faith community engaged: 36 congregations signed a letter reporting to their state delegates that they had already stopped using foam food products and thus a statewide ban was not a crazy idea! Behind each one of these congregations was a green leader at that congregation who took the time to confirm with their congregation that in fact they have stopped using Styrofoam, and added their names to the list. 


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    Be a GIVER on Giving Tuesday, November 29th!

     We need your help to change more hearts and restore more sacred waters!

    Visit our Donate page!

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  • commented on Menu For Action 2015-04-06 08:26:41 -0400
    Yes, Chris, we’re so excited to see those projects come to life! I see an AA County House of Worship driving tour event in the future! We need to start planning something like that…

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    Q: Are you confident that your congregation will begin to form a green ministry?
    A: Yes

    Prince George's County Pre-survey

    This brief survey (23 questions) will help us understand your level of familiarity with the topics to be discussed at the workshop so that we can prepare properly. They are Yes-No questions, and it should take you about 5 minutes to complete. There is one question per page. Thank you for your time!

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    Q: Would you be interested in serving on a planning committee for such a gathering?
    A: No

    2015 Faith Community Watershed Gathering Survey

    Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake wants to serve you well. Please tell us what you think about our providing gatherings for people of faith interested in working on improving watershed health.

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  • answered yes 2014-07-24 14:34:21 -0400
    Q: Would you be willing to volunteer to help coordinate this experience for your congregation or in your region?
    A: yes

    Faith-Based Field Trips

    IPC is considering developing an outdoor educational experience with a spiritual context as a means of helping faith advocates develop a greater sense of place within their watershed community. Such an experience might take place on the congregation's property, nearby natural areas, local streams or waterways, and could include hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking, boating or even fishing.

    Your answers will not be public, but will be retained in our database for use in development of this program. 

    Thank you for taking some time to answer these questions to help inform the development of such a program!

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  • published Catholic Review Highlights Polluted Runoff in Media 2014-07-22 17:27:45 -0400

    Catholic Review Highlights Polluted Runoff

    As Blue Water Congregations gets underway, the Catholic Review highlights the underlying message that the faith community is uniquely called to care for Creation. 

    CATHOLIC REVIEW ARTICLE


  • commented on On Stormwater Fees 2014-03-27 17:14:25 -0400
    Absolutely, Ann! One of the things we talk about when we go out to congregations and faith leaders is that we live together in a “watershed community.” Watersheds know no city boundaries, no legislative districts, no church boundaries. Watersheds follow the contours of the land and answer only to their Creator. We are in this together and we are connected to each other through our watershed communities. If we could see each other as fellow brothers and sisters in a shared watershed, we might stop fighting over politics and start working together for solutions that reflect love to our Creator and to each other.

  • commented on wttform 2014-03-10 16:59:26 -0400
    Looking forward to this!

  • commented on FAE report 2013-11-08 15:34:36 -0500
    Thanks Carl! Your contributions to the day were fantastic! When do we get to do this again?!?

  • commented on Organizations 2014-05-19 08:56:16 -0400
    There is a nonprofit organization called Koolhof Earth http://koolhofearth.org/, which spun off from an environmental consulting group, Straughn Environmental. I will email them and see if they could post some suggestions here. Thanks for inquiring!

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