Anna Awimbo published Salisbury Green Fest 2019-blessing of river in Programs 2019-06-03 22:16:35 -0400
Faith Community Comes Together To Open Salisbury's 1st Ever GreenFest!
There is a saying that God smiles when congregations work together. If that is the case, God must have been beaming as the City of Salisbury, MD opened their 1st ever Green Fest celebration with a blessing on Saturday, May 18th.
Representatives from local Native American, Muslim, Christian, and Unitarian Universalist communities all came together to offer a shared giving of thanks for the many gifts the river has bestowed upon the town and to bless the river as the community works to restore its health. Following the blessing, members of the local Accohannock Native American tribe performed a smoke smudge ceremony and invited the public to participate. Well over 50 people took part!
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake was honored to play a role in helping to organize the event in partnership with the Wicomico Interfaith Partners for Creation Stewardship and Wicomico Environmental Trust. IPC will be working with these partners to bring more events to the Salisbury area as the One Water Partnership expands into the region.
Anna Awimbo published Save the Date - Cabin John Creek Workshop in Programs 2018-08-02 16:37:27 -0400
Workshop for houses of worship in the Cabin John Creek Watershed.
October 21, 2018, 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Beth Sholom Congregation
11825 Seven Locks Road Potomac, MD 20854
IPC is partnering with Friends of Cabin John Creek to offer a workshop to help congregations within the watershed explore the concept of a green ministry, start a program, or expand ongoing efforts. This workshop will give people of all faiths the opportunity to learn about the different ways their faith tradition encourages them.
We will encourage houses of worship to install stormwater management practices on their property, and recommend that their community members reduce polluted stormwater runoff at their homes.
Questions? contact Tina Rouse at email@example.com.
Download the flyer HERE
Through training offered by IPC in collaboration with Potomac Conservancy, congregations in Frederick County are receiving guidance to develop a plan for action and learn about grant opportunities to support projects for watershed awareness and restoration.
Looking for project ideas to take on? See our Menu for Action and Resource List for faith communities in Frederick County to assist you in selecting an action.
Now is the time for people of faith to heed the call to be faithful stewards of the environment. 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. 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.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake will work with your congregation to cultivate a strong faith-rooted commitment to pollution reduction.
Questions? Contact: Kolya Braun-Greiner at firstname.lastname@example.org
God's Water Heroes, Splash Into Living Waters
FREE Vacation Bible School or Sunday School Training & Curriculum
Water is God’s blessing, essential for all life!
We celebrate the accomplishments of the dedicated teacher volunteers who trained, organized and lovingly delivered the "God's Water Heroes" VBS program this year!
One of those leaders was Fannie DeCator who, along with Myra Smith, attended IPC's teacher training and boat tour of the Baltimore Harbor. They coordinated the VBS program at Transforming Life Church of God where 15 volunteers led over 30 children to learn about water in the Bible, their local watershed, and how to be good caretakers of these local waters. Following their experience of the VBS summer program, the children expressed their commitment to becoming "God's Water Heroes" by taking up a weekly collection of their coins in a jar "to help the Chesapeake Bay." What a wonderful outcome of their learning, putting their faith into action! We are reminded of the story from Luke 21:1-4 in which the widow whose two small coins seemed insignificant, but who gave out of her generosityof heart.
(upper photo: VBS mural at Knox Presbyterian Church)
(photo right: VBS at New Waverly United Methodist Church)
The curriculum, entitled God's Water Heroes, Splash Into Living Waters, offers interactive games, activities, and learning for elementary through middle school students. The modules are: 1) Water at the Beginning of Creation; 2) Water is Life; 3) Trees for Life; 4) Loving Our Neighbor: Caring for Water; and 5) God’s “still small voice” in nature (1 Kings 19:11-13).
This unique and exciting program enriches not only the children and youth of your congregation, but your adults and families as well. We hope to help deepen their appreciation and enjoyment of the precious waters that God has provided for all of us, and instill a sense of commitment to care for present and future generations through our watershed’s well being.
The program can be offered in a variety of ways:
-A half or full day camp with field trips in the afternoon to local Nature Centers, Parks or waterways (e.g. Baltimore Harbor & Mr. Trash Wheel, Masonville Cove, Anacostia River, Jug Bay Nature Center, Accokeek Foundation).
-An evening intergenerational program beginning with dinner and praise service.
-A weekly Bible Study on weekday evening or Sunday morning.
(photo left: VBS at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church)
We recognize the dedication of teachers, volunteers and youth learning about how to care for God's Sacred Waters at these faith communities in:
- Church of the Holy Nativity Episcopal
- Freedom Temple AME Zion
- Knox Presbyterian
- Memorial Episcopal
- Mt. Lebanon Baptist
- New Waverly UMC
- Pleasant Hope Baptist
- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic
- Transforming Life
- Mt. Sinai AME Church
Prince George's County
- All Saints Lutheran
- Cheverly UMC
- Cresthill Baptist
- Ebenezer UMC
- Fort Washington Baptist Church
- Jerusalem AME Church
- Mt. Ennon Baptist Church
- Ritchie Baptist Church
- Union Bethel AME
- Walker Mill Baptist Church
For more information contact Kolya Braun-Greiner at email@example.com