Now is the time for people of faith to heed the call to restore creation. The Earth is a gift to be cherished.
Its rich resources are on loan to each of us, individually and collectively. Yet we have been poor caretakers and our negative impact is evident all around us in trashed and degraded streams and waterways in your own neighborhood. But by working along with others this can change. One Water Partnership will work with your congregation to cultivate a strong faith-rooted commitment to pollution reduction.
The One Water Partnership includes faith congregations in the Jones Falls sub-watershed. This community is developing a strong sense of place and a sense of responsibility for all natural resources and work towards restoring a healthy environment for all the inhabitants who live together in Jones Falls.
The congregations who have joined the One Water Partnership are embraced by IPC and our expert partner organizations-Blue Water Baltimore, Interfaith Power & Light, and University of Maryland Extension SeaGrant - - like having their own “personal trainers” - to help them achieve their goals. This partnership helps them:
- build and support congregational Green Teams to strengthen their creation care efforts,
- provides them with information, specific ideas for taking action,
- and brokers connections to help them sustain their new habits of stewardship.
Nature's Prophet Shares Enlightenment
On Sept. 25th 2018 one hundred people gathered at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church for a very special evening with Doug Tallamy author of "Bringing Nature Home" and one of the country’s leading experts on using native plants to restore our watersheds. Those present heard a message that reinforced the idea that it is incumbent upon all property owners, including houses of worship, to provide habitat for the smallest of God's creatures-meaning insects like caterpillars and spiders -- to help restore the foundations of the intricate web of life. Two examples of congregations in our One Water Partnership in Jones Falls that have recently succeeded in doing just this are The Cathedral of Incarnation and The Kadampa Meditation Center. They each installed cisterns to capture stormwater runoff to provide water for surrounding native plantings. These projects were funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Mini-Grant program. All of these efforts were accomplished through Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake’s One Water Partnership. For more information to see how you can begin to transform your congregational grounds contact Bonnie Sorak at email@example.com or 443-799-0349.
Interfaith Youth Service and Tree Planting
Commit Your Congregation to Take One Action and Join Today!
Congratulations to these 16 congregations who have joined the One Water Partnership and have agreed to take 6 actions over the next year:
Beth Am, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cathedral of the Incarnation , Chizuk Amuno, Govan's Presbyterian Church, Har Sinai, Homewood Friends Meeting, Memorial Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, St. Luke's on The Avenue Lutheran Church with six:eight Church, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, The Church of the Guardian Angel, The Church of the Redeemer , Shrine of the Sacred Heart.
In addition, these 17 congregations are participating by taking at least 1 action: Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, Ark Church, Baltimore Ethical Society, Church of the Holy Nativity, Corpus Christi Church, First Unitarian, Grace Lutheran Church, Homestead United Methodist Church, Kadampa Meditation Center, 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.
Click HERE to see if your congregation in the Jones Falls and join these 33 congregations in action. (Even if not, and if you're interested in participating, contact us since we are building interest lists for other regoins). Contact Bonnie Sorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-609-6852 to get involved.
Step 2: Once the interest form is completed and submitted we will contact you to help you to discern the level of participation that is right for you and your congregation.
For the an digital version of the full initial program brochure that you can share with others in your congregation Click HERE.
Accomplishments Thus Far:
Click HERE to see a full summary of what the congregations plan to do.
Completed and Planned Actions:
Beth Am: Installed a Rain Barrel; Climate in the Pulpits; Tu B'shvat Seder; tree planting; rain barrel installation
Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church: Screening of Merchants of Doubt with Panel Discussion with two other member churches; Youth Group Canoe trip funded by Education Grant; Doug Tallamy presentation about native plants
Cathedral of Incarnation: Cistern installation, Spiritual Nature Walk; Movie Night
Chizuk Amuno: solar energy workshop; trash clean up; Climate in the Pulpits
Govan's Presbyterian Church: Movie Night - Plastic Ocean; groundbreaking on bio-retention (Read Baltimore Sun Article HERE); Climate in the Pulpits; installation of pervious pavement on church patio
Har Sinai: Tu B'shvat Seder; tree planting scheduled
Homewood Friends Meeting: Two Movie Nights, applied for cistern/conservation landscaping grant
Memorial Episcopal Church: Tree pit expansion/tree planting with local school children; Screening of Merchant's of Doubt with Panel Discussion; grant application for greening project at local school
Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church: Held "Green Day Fair" with screening of "We are All Smith Islanders" and a home energy workshop and local environmental groups; Climate in the Pulpits, applied for a grant to install planter rainwater collection system; rain garden and tree planting scheduled
Six:eight Church/St. Luke's on the Avenue: Climate in the Pulpits; tree planting; applied for cistern grant; trash clean up
St. Ignatius: Movie Night; E-cycling Event; Climate in the Pulpits; encyclical study
St. Vincent DePaul: Climate in the Pulpits; applied for implementation grant for greening project; Vacation Bible School; tree give-away
The Church of the Redeemer: Applied for design grant to redo parking lot; native plant sale; conservation landscaping installation
Shrine of the Sacred Heart: Tree planting at Roland Park; Stream/trash clean up; energy audit, movie night
Want to see what actions congregations can take through the One Water Partnership? Click HERE for our "Menu of Actions".
Leadership Training Workshops
Creation Care 101
Circles of Influence
Climate Communications: Talking about Climate Change So That Members of Your Congregation Will Listen
Inspirational Bus Tours
Two Inspirational Bus Tours were held for participating Jones Falls One Water Partnership members to bear witness to improvements that have been made in the Jones Falls watershed and where and why their is still needed. Click HERE for a copy of the program and for a list of best management practice projects that you and your congregation can view on your own.
Spiritual Nature Walks
As a first step in "forming faithful stewards" we recommend organizing a Spiritual Nature Walk. Click HERE for a Nature Walk promotional flyer that you can customize and print out and display at your congregation or through your bulletin. All the information you need to host a congregational walk can be found at the link below. We are happy to assist you in organizing and may be able to provide environmental and/or spiritual leaders to help you on your chosen date and time. The locations that we have outlined include Druid Hill Park (handicapped accessible and stroller friendly), Wyman Park, Lake Roland Park and Cylburn Arboretum.
Want copies of the maps, spiritual exercises and other materials to recreate a walk for your congregation? Click HERE
Interested in some Jones Falls history? Check out the article HERE.
Community Visioning Sessions
Need help developing a plan? Contact us to see if we can help you hold a Community Visioning Session to help you prayerfully discern which action(s) your congregation is ready to take.
Contact Bonnie Sorak at email@example.com or call 410-609-6852
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