Thank you Pastor Sue of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County for submitting this Letter to the Editor in Bay Weekly and for your faithful support of forests in Maryland.
Bay Journal Article: Maryland Forest Conservation Act Needs To Be Revisted
Episcopal Canon Publishes Letter to the Editor
Thank you Rev. Canon Patrick A. Collins, Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Easton for this great Letter to the Editor urging us all to do more than simply be good stewards of God's Creation. We must LEAD others, too. Read Rev. Collins' Letter to the Editor HERE.
Another sign of hope for the web of life! More trees being planted by congregations -- this time on the Eastern Shore. Thank you Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Centerville, MD) for joining us on this project! Read about the project HERE.
Living Questions: Faith-Inspired Environmentalism. Listen HERE as IPC's Executive Director Jodi Rose, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin and Emmalee June Aman discuss the role faith plays in motivating environmental activists and what religious scriptures and faith leaders say about humankind's responsibility in caring for Creation. The discussion was originally aired June 7, 2017 on WYPR 88.1FM.
Our very own Laura Heller, volunteer leader of Lutheran ELCA MD-DE Synod Creation Care activities, penned these blogs for the Lutheran ELCA Advocacy Blog, in honor of Earth Day 2018:
- Celebrating Earth: Protecting Trees
- Celebrating Earth: The Chesapeake Bay
- Celebrating Earth: World Oceans
- Celebrating Earth: The Waters of Baptism
- Celebrating Earth: Addressing Lead Pollutants
On the Second Sunday of Easter at St. Anthony of Padua in Gardenville, Father Ty Hullinger and his congregation underscored the name of their neighborhood.
A day after Earth Day and five days before Arbor Day, the parish held one liturgy April 23, during which it celebrated creation and blessed several projects that illustrate its commitment to a healthier planet.
With the assistance of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Blue Water Baltimore and grant moneys from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, St. Anthony of Padua converted a portion of the parking lot on the east side of its rectangular campus on Frankford Avenue into a stormwater bio-retention garden. Read the complete article HERE.
It's not just Maryland's Chesapeake Bay that's in trouble; the state's trees are, too.
Board Member Dr. McKay Jenkins had an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun regarding our position on Forest Conservation Act amendments, proposed in the Maryland legislature this year. Click HERE to read it.
Michael Fincham at the University of Maryland Extension Office - Maryland Sea Grant conducted a series of interviews with staff and board members of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and put together three wonderful feature stories about the faith community's work in the Chesapeake Watershed. We are proud to play an integral role in this growing movement.
Check out this great article about our RiverWise friends in the Bay Weekly. Click here for full article.
People of faith in Maryland are working past differences to be good caretakers of Earth. Check out IPC's Jodi Rose's opinion piece published in Delmarva Now here.
What are you working on this Lent? Consider your plastics footprint. We're thrilled that the Balto Sun is highlighting the plastic bag fast! See the full article at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-lent-politics-20160209-story.html
If you support this legislation, call your MD representatives ASAP! Visit www.interfaithchesapeake.org/bbletter for a calling script and how to find your legislator.
A phone call is worth 50 emails.
Maryland congregations have planted over 10,000 trees on their grounds. When asked the question "Will there be clean water for tomorrow's children?" Maryland congregations are working to answer that with "Yes!" Read the article here.
Check out this article in the Salisbury Independent where IPC's friend Al Todd from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay reflects on the spiritual side of environmentalism:
What does “spiritual” mean to you?
While “spiritual” often refers to religious beliefs, it also commonly describes a variety of very personal experiences, thoughts and emotional responses to the world around us. Anyone who loves nature — religious or not — also knows the feeling of connection with the natural world that goes beyond the physical place he or she is in.
Why is it so hard for a photograph to really capture that amazing sunset, vista or waterfall? It’s because there is a linkage with nature that connects us to more than just being present. . . . Read the rest HERE.
RiverWise Steward Kirvin Bonner and Payne Memorial AME Church are featured in this article in the Capital Gazette. See the full article HERE.