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Congregations are planting            
       
         Trees  and Hope!                                                                  

So far people of faith have planted over 13,000 trees!  By planting trees, over 100 faith owned properties including congregational grounds, retreat centers, summer camps and retirement communities are contributing to watershed restoration, community beauty, and care of God's Creation.


For more information contact Bonnie Sorak, Outreach Coordinator, at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 443-799-0349.

Trees for Sacred Places is a partnership between Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC) and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.  

This program is funded with generous support from the Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Trust.

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Are You a “Green Leader” in your house of worship?

This fall, IPC will be offering 2 training workshops for houses of worship in Howard County and the Eastern Shore. Congregational “Green Leaders” will learn more about the spiritual foundation of earth stewardship, the environmental benefit of trees, and how to plant and maintain them.  Participants will also receive training on how to deliver similar workshops for their own community members.

To sign up and participate contact Bonnie Sorak, Outreach Coordinator, at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 443-799-0349.

Eastern Shore Flyer (click here); Howard County Flyer (click here).

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More Congregations & Faith Owned Properties Needed to Plant Trees!

In Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George's County Flyer (click here)

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Trees for Sacred Places offers congregations and other faith owned properties the following for FREE:

  • Spiritual workshops to explore faith teachings on stewardship along with the spiritual meanings of trees and water found in your faith tradition
  • Environmental workshops on the importance of tree planting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
  • Planting Plan tailored to your site
  • Hands-on training for tree planting and maintenance
  • Crew leaders to guide the congregations’ volunteers on the planting day
  • And, of course, FREE Native trees!

WHAT DOES YOUR CONGREGATION GIVE?

 

 

  • Time and space for Spiritual & Environmental Workshop

  • Publicize your Tree Planting Day

  • Recruit volunteers to plant trees

  • Fulfill Maintenance Plan (watering schedule)

Need help starting the conversation in your congregation about bringing this program home? We can help with that! Contact us!

 

Please spread the word!  Space now available for more congregations.

Use one of these flyers to share with others:

Prince George's County Flyer (click here)


Are you in DC and looking to Plant some Trees?

Check out Casey Trees for information on how to get involved with improving DC's tree canopy trees


CONGRATULATIONS to these congregations, schools, retreat centers and camps which have completed their 

Tree Planting Day for total of nearly 13,000 trees:

READ THEIR STORIES:   Testimonials from Trees for Sacred Places sites 

 

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    Holy Communion Lutheran Church planting 91 trees

    ~photo by Dave Warren Alliance for Chesapeake Bay 

    Adat Shalom in Bethesda
  • All Saints Lutheran in Bowie
  • Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center in Beallsville
  • Annapolis Friends Meeting
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
  • Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
  • Baltimore Sikh Society
  • Benedictine School in Ridgely
  • Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville
  • Bnos Yisroel Girls School Yeshiva in Baltimore
  • Camp Gan Israel in Columbia
  • Camp Wabanna in Edgewater
  • Carolina Missionary Baptist Church in Ft. Washington
  • Catonsville Presbyterian
  • Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore
  • Christ Episcopal Church in West River
  • Christ the King Episcopal Church in Woodlawn
  • Colesville Presbyterian Church
  • Covenant United Methodist Church in Montgomery Village
  • Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium
  • Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg
  • Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore
  • Friendship United Methodist Church
  • Gallery Church in Baltimore
  • Geneva Presbyterian in Potomac
  • Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Fallston
  • Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville
  • Manidokan United Methodist Camp in Knoxville
  • Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Baltimore
  • Oakland Mills Interfaith Center in Columbia
  • Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville
  • Pleasant View Church in Gaithersburg
  • Rockbridge Christian Academy in Millersville
  • Saints Philip & James Catholic parish in Baltimore
  • Salem Lutheran Church in Jarrettsville
  • Shaare Tifila in Olney
  • Shaare Torah Congregation in Gaithersburg
  • Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
  • St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Salisbury
  • St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church in Annapolis
  • St. Andrew's United Methodist School in Edgewater
  • St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Baltimore
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Severn
  • St. James Episcopal Academy in Monkton
  • St. Margaret’s Episcopal in Annapolis
  • St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church in North East
  • St. Matthews Catholic Parish in Baltimore
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Marlboro
  • Temple Emanuel of Baltimore
  • Temple Isaiah in Fulton
  • Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase
  • The Claggett Center in Adamstown
  • The Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown
  • Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church in Germantown
  • Union Baptist Church in Baltimore
  • Washington Adventist University and Hospital in Takoma Park
  • Watersedge Baptist in Dundalk
  • West River United Methodist Camp
  • Woodbrook Baptist in Baltimore

WHY PLANT TREES? 

Reasons for Planting Trees

Measurable Results from Trees for Sacred Places 

QUESTIONS?

Here's a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions.  

How does our Congregation get started?

Check out this Step-by-Step Guide about the Trees for Sacred Places Project on how to get started and walk through the process.

Heavy Downpours Bring... Runoff:  An Even Greater Need for Trees

Read this reflection: A Climate for Runoff & Response by Trees for Sacred Places Program Manager, Kolya Braun-Greiner 


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