Speaking Out Faithfully for Our Common Home
Maryland communities of faith and spirit have a powerful opportunity to speak out for our neighbors and our common home in the 2023 legislative session, which will run from January to April. Learn how your community can advocate for legislation that promotes clean air, clean water, and environmental justice. Participants will hear from issue experts about priority legislation, why it’s important for Maryland, and how, as people of faith, we can be advocates from a moral and religious perspective.
We'll discuss legislation that seeks:
- Maryland the Beautiful Act - To preserve 30% of Maryland’s land and water by 2030. (Josh Hastings, Forever Maryland)
- Community Solar - To make the Community Solar Pilot Program permanent, bringing accessible solar power to Marylanders and signaling Maryland's commitment to solar power. (Kristen Harbeson, Maryland League of Conservation Voters)
- EmPOWER Reform - To ease the transition from gas appliances to electric, particularly in low-income homes, and reduce greenhouse gasses. (Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, IPL-DMV)
Meet our speakers:
We're thrilled to share that Maryland's own Jamal Lewis (pictured left) will be joining us to talk about how faith communities can help lead the way to an all-electric future. Jamal is the Director of Policy Partnerships & Equitable Electrification for Rewiring America, helping communities understand why and how we can be turning away from burning fossil fuels in our homes.
Pastor Brenda White (pictured right) of Allen AME Church in Baltimore will lead us in a closing reflection and call to action.
With gratitude to our grassroots partners:
BWCUMC Creation Care Advocacy & Action
Chesapeake Earth Holders Community of Engaged Buddhism
Climate Shura DMV
Delaware-Maryland Creation Care Ministry Team (ELCA)
Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Episcopal Diocese of Washington Creation Care Task Force
Green The Church DMV
Jewish Climate Action Network DMV
Jewish Youth Climate Movement Beth El/Chizuk Amuno Kvutzah
Justice & Witness Action Network (Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ)
Maryland Catholics for Our Common Home
National Capital Presbytery Earth Care Network
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland
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Hope to see you there!
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