“All it takes is one good person to restore hope!”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On the Care of our Common Home, 2015
We delight in the realization that during our past two years as an organization, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake has brought forth many fruits of hope:Hope for a restored Earth - 10,901 trees have been planted by 45 congregations
Hope for faith community leadership - 115 congregations have taken action to heal the Earth and inspire others to do the same through planting trees, installing rain gardens, watershed education, and speaking out to their legislative representatives
Hope for the future - 30 young adults engaged in an experiential series linking spirituality, creation justice, and advocacy
Hope for community healing - Building coalitions among underserved congregations to empower faith leaders who know how to heal their communities, but need a partner to lean on
Hope for interfaith collaboration- a network of more than 1,300 people and dozens of partner organizations share ideas, legislative updates, toolkits, resources, and experience
We look to the future and the work left to do to cultivate faith-rooted care of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
With your help, we will engage 40 more congregations in hands-on caring for our watershed; host Interfaith Stewardship Service Days bringing together 200 volunteers for a large-scale tree planting to restore Rock Creek and Stoney Creek; and continue to be an anchor in faith-based watershed care, particularly in underserved communities.
We invite you to join us in supporting Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake in recognition of the hope restored through good people for a good Creation. Your contribution will sustain, reinforce, and make tangible our shared hope for the future, our many faith traditions, and the power of the faith community in sustaining the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin Rev. Rod Miller
Giving to IPC in Other Ways
Even if you cannot make a financial contribution to IPC, you can help us in many other ways.
Tree Planting Opportunities
We are enrolling faith communities for free tree plantings for 2016. Trees for Sacred Places provides everything your community needs for the tree planting, customized support, and an educational/spiritual workshop specific for your faith tradition. This program is available throughout the state of Maryland and we are especially looking for congregations in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Contact Bonnie Sorak at email@example.com or 410-609-6852. View and download Flyer here.
Advocacy Updates - What's Coming Down the Pike?
Curtis Bay Incinerator
A new incinerator is slated to be constructed in Curtis Bay, a South Baltimore neighborhood. The incinerator will be located within 1 mile of schools and is in an under-served area. This is an environmental injustice that warrants attention. This story has a complicated history and it's possible that the entity aiming to build the incinerator, Energy Matters, may be working with an expired permit. A group of concerned citizens from Free Your Voice are planning arally to tell Maryland Department of Environment that they are concerned. More information can be found on this website.
Howard County Stormwater Utility Fee Repeal
The Council will formally introduce the legislation during its Legislative Session on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7pm. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7pm. If needed, the Council will hold a Work Session on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 4:30pm in the C. Vernon Gray Room. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City, MD. You may join the Council for its public hearing or testimony can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re unable to attend the hearing but still want to tune in, you can stream the session on line at http://cc.howardcountymd.gov/Online-Tools/Watch-Us.
Maryland Legislative Session
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