One Water Partnership

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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.

Commit Your Congregation to Take One Action and Join Today!!!

Is your congregation ready to join the One Water Partnership Jones Falls by committing to taking one action over the next year? Is your congregation in the Jones Falls? Click HERE to see. If not, we still want to hear from you to start waiting lists in other sub-watersheds.

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To complete a quick, online Congregation Interest Form Click HERE. To download a Congregation Interest Form Click HERE to complete and email back to bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org. Once completed and submitted we will contact you to help you to discern the level of participation that is right for you and your congregation.

Read the Bay Journal article about the program HERE. Read the Baltimore Sun article about the Covenant signing HERE.

For the an digital version of the full initial program brochure that you can share with others in your congregation Click HERE.

Congratulations to these 16 congregations who have joined the One Water Partnership and have agreed to take 6 actions 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

Your congregation can still join these 17 congregations that are participating by taking at least one 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.

What has been done so far:

Beth Am: Installed a Rain Barrel; Climate in the Pulpits

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church: Screening of Merchants of Doubt with Panel Discussion with two other member churches; applied for Education Grant

Cathedral of Incarnation: Spiritual Nature Walk; Movie Night

Govan's Presbyterian Church: Movie Night - Plastic Ocean; groundbreaking on bio-retention (Read Baltimore Sun Article HERE); Climate in the Pulpits

Homewood Friends Meeting: Two Movie Nights

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

Six:eight Church: Climate in the Pulpits

St. Ignatius: Movie Night; E-cycling Event; Climate in the Pulpits

St. Vincent DePaul: Climate in the Pulpits; applied for implementation grant for greening project

The Church of the Redeemer: Applied for design grant to redo parking lot

Shrine of the Sacred Heart: Tree planting at Roland Park; Stream/trash clean up; energy audit

Click HERE to see a summary of what these congregations plan to do.

Want to see what actions congregations can take through the One Water Partnership? Click HERE for our "Menu of Actions". 

Contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 410-609-6852


 

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 bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 410-609-6852


 

Program Partners:

 

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ON AIR: IPC in the Media

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.

On March 29, 2017, Jodi appeared on The Green & Sexy Radio ShowListen to the conversation HERE.