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Bill Number: TBD
Sponsors: House - Del. Kumar Barve (D), Senate - Sen. Chris West (R)
Lobby Night: Sierra Club is hosting a lobby night on February 24, 2020. Hold the date - more details will be forthcoming.
What the Bill will do:
- Close the six remaining coal-fired electric power production facilities in Maryland.
- Provide retraining and transition support for affected workers and communities.
- Result in cleaner air and water in neighboring communities.
Action: Maryland needs to be ready for the 21st century, and that means shutting down our coal plants. Tell your state elected officials and Governor Hogan to pass this bill to ensure coal communities transition to safer energy production. You can find your legislator here.
Vision: A Maryland that doesn't generate carbon pollution from coal plants, protection for marginalized communities in which all of our current coal plants have been sited, and a transition plan for employees of plants slated to close.
Faith message: "bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18) These words of Jesus call us to action. We can bring "good news," by freeing communities and the environment from the oppression of dirty coal impacting our health and providing transition plans that support the economies of coal-dependent communities.
Environmental Justice Implications: Coal-fired plants have historically been sited in marginalized communities. The Chalk Point Generating Station was built adjacent to the oldest African-American community in Maryland (Eagle Harbor) and the discharge of the heated water is routed just outside its harbor on the Patuxent River. The Brandon Shores Power Plant and Herbert A. Wagner Generating Station are located near poor and disadvantaged communities in northern Anne Arundel County and southern Baltimore City. Closing these plants is essential in order to truly fight for justice for all people and to eliminate disparities in how healthy the environment is in certain communities.
Sponsors: House - Del. Dana Stein, Senate - Sen. Clarence Lam
Bill numbers: House Bill (HB) 229, Senate Bill (SB) 300
Chlorpyrifos Ban Lobby Night: Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Annapolis State House. 4:45pm - pizza, followed by training, then off to see senators and representatives.
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What this Bill Will Do?
- The bill prohibits the use of chlorpyrifos – and other insecticides containing chlorpyrifos – in the state. Farmers, golf courses and land care professionals are not prohibited from using other pesticides and insecticides.
- Although chlorpyrifos is widely used across the United States, its use among Maryland farmers is already minimal, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Banning it would ensure we are taking steps to protect everyone in our state.
- This legislation would give us immediate protection in our state.
Action: Maryland must protect Maryland – our children’s health cannot wait. It’s time to ban chlorpyrifos. Tell your state elected officials and Governor Hogan to pass legislation banning all uses of chlorpyrifos. You can find your legislator here.
Vision: All Marylanders – especially our children -- will be safer when this extremely harmful chemical is completely banned. Our waterways and wildlife will be protected. Safer alternatives, which are less toxic for humans, will be used to control pests.
Faith message: "Choose life that you and your descendants may live." (Leviticus 30:19) Let's make healthy choices for the farmworkers, the children and all future generations by keeping the soil and waters free of chemicals like chlorpyrifos that damage and compromise their health and our own.
Environmental Justice Implications: Farm workers are in great danger when asked to apply this chemical. Many farm workers are low-income or migrant workers. People living in “food deserts” or those who have lesser means are less likely to have access to or be able to afford organic foods.
Chlorpyrifos is a toxic nerve agent pesticide known to harm children's brain development, contaminate waterways and injure wildlife. After years of study, the US Environmental Protection Agency concluded that Chlorpyrifos was unsafe and prepared to ban it. Unfortunately, the EPA recently reversed that decision, putting Marylanders' health and our environment at great risk.
In 2015, after extensive study, EPA scientists confirmed that all uses of chlorpyrifos result in unsafe levels of exposure and proposed banning this pesticide for agricultural uses (it had already stopped being used in the home in 2000). The agency cited the high risk from children's exposure in utero or during critical periods of growth and the link between chlorpyrifos exposure and autism, ADHD and other neuro-developmental issues.
EPA determined that children ages 1–2 may be getting exposed to levels of chlorpyrifos on food that are up to 140 times what EPA scientists believe is safe.
Prenatal exposures to this chemical are associated with reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention deficit disorders and delayed motor development. In addition to EPA’s risk assessment, several studies indicating these effects were also published in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2015. The American Association of Pediatrics said, in supporting the ban, the “EPA has no basis to allow continued use of chlorpyrifos, and its insistence in doing so puts all children at risk.” Fernando Stein, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said: “Extensive epidemiologic studies associate [chlorpyrifos] pesticide exposure with adverse birth and developmental outcomes, including preterm birth, low birth weight, congenital abnormalities, pediatric cancers, neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits, and asthma. The evidence is especially strong linking certain pesticide exposure with pediatric cancers and permanent neurological damage.”
Chlorpyrifos is also a major concern for the health of aquatic life and the Chesapeake Bay.
- A Chesapeake Bay Program report found that chlorpyrifos ranks among the “top five individual toxics of concern.”
- In 2017, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported that adult and juvenile Atlantic sturgeon, which are listed as endangered, are at a high risk from exposure to chlorpyrifos because concentrations of the chemical would reduce their abundance and spawning productivity.
- Chlorpyrifos toxicology studies suggest behavioral, reproductive and endocrine disruption to all aquatic arthropods, such as crabs, especially those in close proximity to chlorpyrifos runoff. (Data published here, here, here , here and here) .
- A draft biological evaluation by the Environmental Protection Agency found that chlorpyrifos is “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of all threatened and endangered wildlife, including more than 100 listed bird species.
Chlorpyrifos also harms pollinators.
- Chlorpyrifos is second only to neonicotinoids as a risk to bees (third highest total, after two different types of neonics).
- A 2014 study listed chlorpyrifos among the top five pesticides considered the highest risk to bees [Sanchez-Bayo and Goka, 2014].
- Another 2014 study found that chlorpyrifos at hive-residue levels more than doubled larval mortality compared to untreated larvae [Zhu et al., 2014].
- A ground-breaking peer-reviewed field study showed that not only does chlorpyrifos cause honeybees to suffer severe learning and memory deficits, it does so at the sub-lethal concentrations found in the majority of fields sprayed as directed by the manufacturer [Urlacher et al., 2016].
- Current EPA risk-assessment and regulation of chlorpyrifos does not address sub-lethal effects. In fact, current regulation does not even address lethal effects. A 1986 study found that exposure to plants, pollen or nectar induces mortality for up to 7 days after chlorpyrifos is applied to a crop [Lunden et al., 1986].
Maryland would not be alone in banning Chlorpyrifos:
- California, Hawaii, and New York have all passed legislation to ban Chlorpyrifos.
- New Jersey, Vermont, Oregon and Connecticut are currently working to pass legislation banning Chlorpyrifos.
- The EU has banned the sale of the pesticide after January 31, 2020.
IPC’s staff continues to grow and we are extremely excited to introduce two new members of the IPC Team!
Harford Outreach Coordinator
Hope is a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary where she majored in Geology. She is an active member of the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, MD where she is a young adult volunteer with the congregation's youth group.
Hope will be leading IPC’s outreach efforts in Harford County as well as assisting with other regions.
To reach Hope, email email@example.com.
Eastern Shore Outreach Coordinator
Liz hails from Delmar, MD on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has a degree in Biology from Salisbury University and is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salisbury where she led youth programming and is currently chairing the fellowship's Social Action Committee.
Liz is joining IPC through the Shorecorps/PALS Americorps Program at Salisbury University and will be leading outreach efforts in Wicomico County and other regions of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
To reach Liz, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome aboard Hope and Liz!
Jodi Rose published Introducing Matt Heim, Director of One Water Partnership Program 2019-09-11 09:27:50 -0400
We are excited to welcome Matt Heim to our team! Matt comes to us from Salisbury, on the lower Eastern Shore (Wicomico County). He was hired as the Director of the One Water Partnership program and will oversee our work to create hubs of congregational action throughout the watershed. His first assignment is overseeing our 3-year grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to build 4 hubs in Maryland and 1 hub in Lancaster, PA. He hit the ground running in April and has transformed the way we are tracking hub growth and action. He and Bonnie Sorak are working as a team to cultivate hubs and the action pathways for congregations in these hubs. Matt is looking to grow the hub-team, and has an open position to support work in Harford County while also providing programmatic support in other parts of the state. This is a part-time remote position (meaning you do not need to live in Harford County, but should expect to travel there for community engagement). Please check out the job description and let us know if you feel it is the right fit for you.
We asked Matt a few questions to help you all get to know him, such as what he sees is his role at IPC, what he enjoys most about working here, and what is his favorite natural place that makes him feel most connected to his spirituality.
I see my role at IPC as a community builder. There are thousands of congregations in the Chesapeake Bay region interested in living out their faith and playing a role in the restoration of the waters of the Chesapeake. There are also numerous non-profit organizations and governments also committed to restoration. There is only so much we can do individually, but collectively the possibilities are almost limitless. As the Director of the One Water Partnership program, my job is to help foster relationships among those congregations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies so that together we can achieve our shared vision of a restored Chesapeake.
There is a lot I'm enjoying here at IPC. Working with diverse people of faith and learning about their respective faith traditions is something I'm absolutely loving. It's also really exciting to be working with IPC at a time when the organization is growing. I also appreciate that IPC has given me a lot of autonomy to be creative and innovative.
It’s hard to answer the question about my favorite natural place -- this is like asking which of my children is my favorite! I love it all! Surfing was my "gateway drug." In my teens and twenties, my life pretty much revolved around surfing. What drew me to the sport was the intimate connection it fosters with nature and the solace and rejuvenation it brought to my soul. I've been fortunate to be embraced by creation in so many magical ways as a surfer. Sharing waves with dolphins and pelicans, swimming with a baby humpback whale, countless sunrises and sunsets with those pastel colors reflecting off the ocean. My love of surfing drew me into the environmental field and I soon discovered the same solace and rejuvenation I found in the ocean could be found in pretty much any natural setting. All that is required is a certain state of mind and an openness of the heart and soul. These days, I'm blessed to live along a stream that flows into the Wicomico River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. I start most mornings sitting quietly on a bluff overlooking the marsh or, if I'm really lucky, a paddle along her meandering waters. There's hardly a better way to start the day in my opinion.
We are so lucky that Matt chose to join IPC and we are already seeing his passion and skills in action as he advances the development of hubs throughout the state. If you’d like more information about how to engage your congregation in a hub, or wish to support the work Matt is doing, you can contact him at email@example.com.
If you'd like to join our team, check out our currently open position. Even if you live nowhere near Harford County, please still submit your resume because our team is growing and we'd love to hear from you as we consider future growth opportunities.
None of IPC’s work occurs without our dedicated Board of Trustees. None of it. Thank you to all of our board members, and a special welcome to our newest members who are already leading our board in exciting ways!
IPC’s Board serves in much greater capacity than merely meeting the IRS requirements of fiduciary oversight. They provide vision, encourage and affirm the staff’s hard work when the going gets tough, and roll up their sleeves to review our finances and programs. They are genuinely good people who have made a commitment to volunteer their time and skills to help shape IPC so it can change this corner of the world. We truly are a lucky team of people who are working collaboratively to effect change.
We’re excited to introduce 5 new board members who have joined us in 2019. We asked each of them to answer a few questions so you can get to know them.
If you are driven to lead, have time and expertise to share with IPC, and want to put your fingerprints on this growing organization, consider putting your name in the hat for future consideration as a board member. You can read more about what it means to be a board member and offer up your name for consideration here. Or, email our Jodi, our ED, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to inquire further.
We asked our new board members to tell us why they chose to serve on IPC’s board, what they are enjoying most about this experience, and a little bit about their favorite natural place that makes them feel most connected to their spirituality. (You can read more about their professional backgrounds on our Trustees page.
Tonya Nashay Sanders, MA, PhD, AICP – Serves on the Finance Committee
I chose to serve on the IPC board because their mission corresponded with my research interest--faith-based community development. At the time, I was partnering with a church in Baltimore City to help the neighborhood address their trash issue and I had just completed a research project in Philadelphia around how stormwater management practices can lead to beautification, increased housing value (in some cases), cost/benefit analysis, and assessing residents' willingness to pay for these things. The work of IPC as a faith-based environmental groups helping religious institutions become better stewards of the Earth fit into the work that I was doing and my own beliefs on how we all need to better care for this planet. What I like most about serving on the board is knowing that, even in this small way, I am helping to accomplish the mission of a better planet. I serve on the finance committee, which isn't exactly hands-on like the Program Committee, but all parts of the Board work together to support the organization and mission. And I have grown a lot serving on the Finance Committee! While I am stellar at personal finance, non-profit finance is a bit more complicated with many more checks and balances and I have learned the importance of having systems in-place that help monitor our financial stability. As for when I feel connected to my spirituality in the natural world, in the morning, I love going for a walk or a run (mostly a combination of the two) and have conversations with my creator about life.
Ray Heil – Chairs our Fundraising Task Force, and serves on the Finance Committee
I chose to become a board member with IPC because I believe that the problem human beings have in living in harmony with the earth is fundamentally a moral and spiritual problem. I think we can make significant progress in changing attitudes and behavior toward the natural world through working with people who take their spirituality seriously. After less than a year on the board, my best experience has been meeting and becoming friends with several fellow board members who share my values and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Although I have traveled widely and seen many awesome natural places, the natural place that has contributed most to my spiritual growth has been my own back yard. Both as a gardener, and sitting on my screened-in porch experiencing my garden in all seasons and at all times of day, it has been spiritually rewarding to watch our population of native plants, insects, and birds grow.
Phillip Chalker – Serves on the Advocacy Committee
Serving on IPC’s board was a no-brainer for me. I have always been interested in environmental matters and in protecting the environment. IPC is a growing and nimble organization and I feel I can use my prior skills to better the environment and help shape this group as it grew. It's nice to know that as IPC leaves it's mark, a small part of that mark might reflect my contribution. As a board member, I most enjoy this opportunity to volunteer in a field I am passionate about. I find the work I do for IPC fulfilling. I feel my greatest connection to G-d, while in nature, when camping. There is nothing like letting the stress melt off while outdoors. While, my favorite place is in the desert of the American west, locally, you can find me visiting Patapsco Valley State Park, Rockburn County Park, and the Montgomery County Agricultural History Farm Park.
Ayanna Miranda – Serves on the Program Committee and Governance Committee
Serving on the IPC Board is a continuation of my work towards the goal of protecting the environment for the next 7 generations. Protecting and preserving the earth’s water is critical to the quality of life for all of creation. In the two months that I have served on the IPC board I have really appreciated the discussions with people of different faiths and learning how their beliefs are similar and/or different to my faith. There are two places where I sense a spiritual connection: 1) My garden - Where seeds, only millimeters in size, develop into food - feeding a family for weeks - and flowers pleasing to the eye. The generosity of the Earth allows me to be thankful for my garden and appreciate its produce. 2) The beach – Where the sounds of water relax and calm the mind, the sand rejuvenates the skin, and the sun provides light. God’s earth provides creation with an abundance of provisions. However, these places are where my spiritual connection is heightened as the blessings of them allow me to experience beauty and nourishment.
Bill Bierbower – Serves on the Finance Committee and Governance Committee
I learned about IPC by providing pro bono legal support to IPC through the Chesapeake Legal Alliance. Through that pro bono work, I learned of IPC’s unique mission working with faith communities to improve the Chesapeake. I was so impressed with the impact these communities could make that I wanted to help any way I could. I’m still new to the Board, but this opportunity has already provided me a broader perspective the challenges affecting the Bay, and how best to advance IPC’s mission - in addition to the friendship and enjoyment of working with a talented and committed Board and organization. In the Bay area, one of my important spiritual places in nature is Irish Creek, a tributary to the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore, located between St. Michaels and Oxford. It’s a special place – I spent much time there over the years (at my in-laws’ home) appreciating the beauty of the Bay environment.
PETITION IS COMPLETED AND HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO THE RESPECTIVE SENATORS
In an effort to cultivate Senate leadership and appropriate legislation to advance Environmental Justice, we are asking US Senators to join the newly formed Environmental Justice caucus. A letter inviting all senators was issued by Sen. Duckworth, Sen. Booker, and Sen. Carper in June. We are following up on that letter to further encourage our elected senators to join them in the caucus.
This letter, and a list of all signatures, will be sent to the US Senators represented by the signatories. Your address is required so that we can determine to which US Senators to send the completed letter.
After you complete the petition, please consider calling your senator's office directly. You can call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and ask for the senators for your state. Each state is represented by two senators, so be sure to ask for one of them, then hang up and repeat that call-in process for your second senator.161 signatures
Dear Honorable Senator (this will be completed specific for each senator to whom we send the letter):
The undersigned strongly encourage you to consider the invitation by Senators Duckworth, Booker, and Carper to join the first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus. As people of faith, we are deeply committed to the work of ensuring equitable distribution of healthy natural resources for all people and all creatures. We are responsible for being good stewards of this beautiful creation and it is our duty to work toward justice in all facets of creation.
Environmental injustice is an evil that pervades our society and creates an imbalance in the web of life. All people deserve clean air, clean water, unpolluted soil, and a stable climate. To ensure this right for all people, we need a caucus that focuses exclusively on the immorality and injustices that disproportionately place environmental burdens upon one group of people. The successful formation and influence of such a caucus would be a commendable step toward a more just world.
We stand ready to provide support, input, spiritual context, and guidance as the fledgling caucus begins its challenging work. And, we stand in solidarity with our unheard neighbors fighting on the front lines of degraded water, rising sea levels, extreme weather, and warming temperatures.
Please prayerfully consider the invitation to join the Environmental Justice Caucus as a manifestation of your duty to protect our shared natural resources for all people in this web of life.
In hope for a just future for all,
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and the Undersigned Supporters
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October 2017 Issue 1
- Reflection: St. Francis - Caring for the Whole Family of Creation
- Hands Across the Potomac
- Lutheran 500 Trees Project-Celebration at Carroll Lutheran Village
- One Water Partnership Completes Cohort-Still Space for One-Two Action Congregations
- Silver Spring UMC Installs Stormwater Habitat Features
- Calling All Baltimore City Faith Leaders
- Eco-Reformation Day - October 21
- Join Us Oct. 13 for a Second Sacred Grounds Workshop for Montgomery County Congregations
- Prince George's Congregations Needed to Plant Trees
- Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program
- Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer & In-Kind Needs
St. Francis - Caring for the Whole Family of Creation
Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis, marks the culmination of the Season of Creation celebrated by Christians around the world. Many churches observe the Feast of St. Francis as an opportunity to renew their commitment to care for what Francis of Assisi called "our dear Sister Mother Earth." On this occasion, some congregations celebrate a "Blessing of the Animals" when people bring their pets to receive a blessing, thereby honoring creatures in the way of Francis. He held the animals with such deep respect that "Francis called all creatures, no matter how small, since he knew they had the same source as himself" (Bonaventure) - Sister Bird, Brother Wolf for example. He preached to the animals and even wanted the emperor to ask all citizens to scatter grain along the roads on Christmas Day so that the birds and other animals would have plenty to eat.
The native trees planted by congregations through the Trees for Sacred Placesprogram is another way that people of faith are supporting the web of life so that wildlife have plenty to eat. Only native trees host the native insects, whose larvae become the caterpillars that feed baby birds. It takes about 6,000 caterpillars to feed just one nest of baby Chickadees until they fly! Let us know if your congregation is interested in planting trees next year (firstname.lastname@example.org) and share this flyer to promote the idea as a way to start or expand your Creation Care or Green Ministry. And the 500 Trees project, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, is planting trees too, such as those at Carroll Lutheran Village, putting their faith into action planting 60 native trees, celebrated with a blessing from Bishop Gohl. (See story below)
Saint Francis, known as the Patron Saint "of those who promote ecology" (declared by Pope John Paul II), lived in a largely pre-literate society, so the common human experience of the world was not yet mediated through words, but rather through direct experience. There wasn't then the deep rift we have inherited, a kind of dualism - humans vs. nature. And Pope Francis, who took his name from St. Francis, expressed these connections in the encyclical, Laudato Si, Our Common Home, which is a wonderful book study for people of any faith. The encyclical articulates how we heal our wounded relationship with Creation:
Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth. (92)
So, during this Season of Creation - and beyond!, we invite you to take a few moments to turn to Creation for a time of reverent mediation as Francis did to restore your souls, to mend our relationship with earth, and to strengthen you for the healing work of restoration. May this prayer from Francis offer a start:
Our hands imbibe like roots, so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.
And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens light.
Kolya Braun-Greiner, MDiv
IPC Religious Educator
Hands Across the Potomac
In a show of defense of clean water and equitable distribution of natural resources, you can participate in a public resistance against a pipeline that is proposed under the Potomac River. Join "Hands Across the Potomac," an event organized by Chesapeake Climate Action Network. For event details and to RSVP, click HERE. This event will take place Saturday October 14, 2017 at 12 noon, in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Lutheran 500 Trees Project - Celebration at Carroll Lutheran VillageDuring 2017 congregations throughout the DE-MD Lutheran Synod (and around the world) are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The DE-MD Lutheran Creation Care Team, in collaboration with Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners (MEEP) is recruiting congregations to celebrate by planting trees through its 500 Trees Project. For more information or to sign up for tree planting next year, contact Deacon Laura Heller, email@example.com. Carroll Lutheran Village was motivated to participate by the enthusiasm of Jean Hauk, member of the Exterior Care & Grounds Committee along with Carl Martens (both are pictured left in the middle with Bishop Gohl), who helped design a planting plan with a wide variety of native trees. They were inspired to participate in 500 Trees by attending a Workshop led by IPC at Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center. They successfully organized the planting of 60 native trees at Carroll Lutheran Village. On September 13, a gala celebration was officiated by Bishop William Gohl who blessed all the trees and the volunteers during a beautiful ceremony. Read more about this story in the Carroll County Times.
One Water Partnership Fills Cohort of Covenant Congregations
Still Openings for More Congregations to get Involved by doing One or Two Actions
We have reached and exceeded our goal of 15 "covenant" congregations joining the One Water Partnership. Congratulations to all these congregations who, in addition to forming or supporting their congregational Green Teams and signing a commitment, will also take at least 4 actions to improve their shared Jones Falls watershed 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.
Thanks to these 14 congregations that are participating by taking at least one action: Ark Church, Baltimore Ethical Society, Corpus Christi Church, First Unitarian, Grace Lutheran Church, Homestead United Methodist Church, 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
Check out what you might do at your congregation by Clicking HERE for our full Menu of Actions. Email Bonnie Sorak or call her at 443-799-0349 for the details. Fill out this brief interest form and we'll follow up to schedule a conversation on your congregation's interests and capacity.
Let's add your congregation to this list!
Silver Spring UMC Installs Stormwater and Habitat Features
Check out this article on Silver Spring United Methodist Church - one of our "superstar churches"! If they can do it with their congregation, you can too. Thanks to Rob Horn a wonderful faithful steward. Contact Bonnie Sorak at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how to get started.
Calling All Baltimore City Faith Leaders
The Baltimore City Council will soon vote on a zoning ordinance to ban crude oil train terminals and our friends at Interfaith Power & Light have written a letter in support of the ban. If you are a faith leader living and/or working in Baltimore City, please prayerfully consider adding your name to the growing list of those who are standing together in defense of Creation. You can read the letter HERE.
Eco-Reformation Day - October 21
Please join in the celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation by planting trees and learning about how to be good stewards of God’s bountiful creation at at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave, Baltimore, MD. At 2:00 PM, planting of Maryland native trees and fruit trees will begin. Following the planting, there will be information shared by the Delaware-Maryland Synod Creation Care Ministry on energy conservation, clean energy, clean water, community gardens, and other creation stewardship topics. Free plants and garden seeds as well as pumpkins and gourds will be available for participants to take with them. The day’s events will conclude with a joyful worship service beginning at 5:00 PM. For additional information please contact Deacon Laura Heller, email@example.com, 443-791-0248.
Join Us October 15 for a Second Sacred GroundsWorkshop for Montgomery County Congregations
IPC supports the National Wildlife Federation and others to offer Montgomery County congregations a Sacred Grounds webinar and in-person workshops to learn how your community can receive up to $10,000 to beautify your grounds, conserve water and create habitat for wildlife. The first workshop was held on June 18th and a second workshop will be offered Sunday, October 15, 2:30-6PM at the Imaam Center, Silver Spring, MD. Join us! Click HERE to listen to a recording of the webinar.
Attention Prince Georges County Congregations: Hurry for the last spots in our FREE Tree Planting Program
Fall planting dates are filling up fast. If you would like to beautify the grounds at your congregation and leave a legacy for future generations of your faith community please contact us NOW. This is a great way to engage youth and adults in a community building and healing activity that expresses your care for God's Creation. Even if your congregation does not have room for 30 trees a Youth Group, Men's Ministry, Social Justice Committee, etc. can help plant trees on an off-site location. Don't wait until it is too late. Go to our Trees for Sacred Places webpage
You can learn more about the program HERE. Interested? Contact Bonnie Sorak.
View and download Prince George's Flyer HERE.
Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program
Interested in learning more about how your congregation can save money through the Prince George's County Alternative Compliance Program? IPC staff are offering free one-on-one support to help you achieve reductions in your congregation’s Clean Water fee. This support is paid for by a grant from the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, but is open to only 20 congregations. Questions? Contact Anna Awimbo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-609-6852.
Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities
- October 3 Trees for Sacred Places Workshop, 10-11AM at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City.
- October 6 Film "Racing Extinction" 7PM. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville. More info HERE.
- October 7 Trees for Sacred Places Workshop and Tree Planting Day, 8AM-Noon at LIFEPoint Church, Waldorf.
- October 8 "Green Day" at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Baltimore - Speakers on solar power, home energy savings and stormwater management. Screening of "We are All Smith Islanders". Click HERE for detailed flyer. A One Water Partnership event.
- October 14 Trees for Sacred Places tree planting day, 9-11AM at Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City.
- October 14 Anacostia River Festival - 11AM-4PM View flyer in English or Spanish. IPC could use some help tabling at this event especially if you can speak Spanish. Please contact Bonnie Sorak at email@example.com if you can help.
- October 14 Workshop: "Seed Saving in Your Garden" presented by UME Master Gardners, 9-10AM. Parks & People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore. Click HERE for more info.
- October 14 Plant & Seed Swap, 10AM-12PM Parks & People Foundation, 2100 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore. Click HERE for more info.
- October 15 Sacred Grounds Workshop, 2:30-6PM at the Imaam Center, Silver Spring.
- October 21 Trees for Sacred Places Workshop and Tree Planting at Union Bethel AME, Brandywine.
- October 21 Our Executive Director, Jodi Rose, will be speaking at the Catholic Call To Action East Coast Conference in Baltimore.
- October 21 Eco-Reformation Day, 2PM with oyful worship at 5PM, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave, Baltimore.
- October 25 BES Community Open House. Informal gathering hosted by Parks & People Foundation to share the research of Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). Free and open to all. 5:30PM. Click HERE for details.
- October 29 Tree Planting Day and Workshop, (Time TBA) at Central Baptist Church, Temple Hills.
- November 5 Film "Merchants of Doubt" followed by a panel discussion, 3PM, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. Click HEREfor more info. A One Water Partnership event.
- November 13 "Your Voice, Your Earth Take Action!" Learn from elected officials on how to impact state and national environmental issues in the year ahead. 6-8PM Van Gogh Cafe (300 S. Ann St., Baltimore). Registration is free and required. Click HERE for more info.
- November 16 11th Annual Trash Summit at Nationals Park in Washington DC. This year's theme is Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water and Healthy Lives. Early bird registration is now open.
Volunteer and In-Kind Needs
- Are you willing to help us coordinate volunteers? We can use your help!
- Do you like photography? Vidoegraphy? We are always looking for help taking photos at our events, and putting them together in slide shows.
- Are you willing to make 5-10 phone calls each week for us to help us follow up with engaged congregations?
Maryland State Senators
Not sure who your State Senator is? Visit www.mdelect.net and enter your address to search for your representatives.
**Denotes Senators who are potential supporters, but have not confirmed yet. They need to hear your support of Senate Bill 610.
Title Last Name First Name District Phone Number Email Address Senator Astle John 30
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3578
(410) 841-3578, (301) 858-3578
John.Astle@senate.state.md.us Senator Bates Gail 9 (301) 858-3671 Gail.Bates@senate.state.md.us Senator Benson Joanne 24
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3148
(410) 841-3148, (301) 858-3148
Joanne.Benson@senate.state.md.us Senator Brochin James 42
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3648
(410) 841-3648, (301) 858-3648
Jim.Brochin@senate.state.md.us Senator Cassilly Robert 34
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3158
(410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158
Bob.Cassilly@senate.state.md.us Senator Conway Joan 43
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3145
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3127
(301) 858-3127, (410) 841-3127
Ulysses.Currie@senate.state.md.us Senator DeGrange** James E 32
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3593
(410) 841-3593, (301) 858-3593
James.DeGrange@senate.state.md.us Senator Eckardt** Adelaide 37
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3590
(410) 841-3590, (301) 858-3590
Adelaide.Eckardt@senate.state.md.us Senator Edwards George 1
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3565
(410) 841-3565, (301) 858-3565
George.Edwards@senate.state.md.us Senator Feldman Brian 15
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3169
(410) 841-3169, (301) 858-3169
Brian.Feldman@senate.state.md.us Senator Ferguson Bill 46
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3600
(410) 841-3600, (301) 858-3600
Bill.Ferguson@senate.state.md.us Senator Guzzone Guy 13
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3572
(410) 841-3572, (301) 858-3572
Guy.Guzzone@senate.state.md.us Senator Hershey Stephen S 36
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3639
(410) 841-3639, (301) 858-3639
Steve.Hershey@senate.state.md.us Senator Hough Michael 4
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3704
(410) 841-3704, (301) 858-3704
Michael.Hough@senate.state.md.us Senator Jennings JB 7
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3706
(410) 841-3706, (301) 858-3706
JB.Jennings@senate.state.md.us Senator Kagan** Cheryl 17
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3134
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134
Cheryl.Kagan@senate.state.md.us Senator Kasemeyer** Edward 12
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3653
(410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653
Edward.Kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us Senator Kelley Delores 10
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3606
(410) 841-3606, (301) 858-3606
Delores.Kelley@senate.state.md.us Senator King Nancy 39
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3686
(410) 841-3686, (301) 858-3686
Nancy.King@senate.state.md.us Senator Klausmeier** Katherine 8
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3620
(410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
Katherine.Klausmeier@senate.state.md.us Senator Lee Susan 16
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3124
(410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124
Susan.Lee@senate.state.md.us Senator Madaleno Richard S 18
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3137
(410) 841-3137, (301) 858-3137
Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us Senator Manno Roger 19
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3151
(410) 841-3151, (301) 858-3151
Roger.Manno@senate.state.md.us Senator Mathias James N 38
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3645
(410) 841-3645, (301) 858-3645
James.Mathias@senate.state.md.us Senator McFadden Nathaniel 45
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3165
(410) 841-3165, (301) 858-3165
Nathaniel.McFadden@senate.state.md.us Senator Middleton** Thomas 28
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3616
(410) 841-3616, (301) 858-3616
Thomas.Mclain.Middleton@senate.state.md.us Senate President Miller Thomas V. Mike 27
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3700
(410) 841-3700, (301) 858-3700
firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Muse Anthony 26
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3092
(410) 841-3092, (301) 858-3092
Anthony.Muse@senate.state.md.us Senator Nathan-Pulliam Shirley 44
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3612
(410) 841-3612, (301) 858-3612
Shirley.Nathan.Pulliam@senate.state.md.us Senator Oaks Nathaniel 41
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3697
(410) 841-3697, (301) 858-3697
Nathaniel.Oaks@senate.state.md.us Senator Peters** Douglas J 23
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3631
(410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631
Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us Senator Pinsky Paul 22
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3155
(410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155
Paul.Pinsky@senate.state.md.us Senator Ramirez Victor 47
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3745
(410) 841-3745, (301) 858-3745
Victor.Ramirez@senate.state.md.us Senator Ready Justin 5
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3683
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683
Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us Senator Reilly Edward 33
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3568
(410) 841-3568, (301) 858-3568
Edward.Reilly@senate.state.md.us Senator Robinson Barbara 40
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3656
(410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656
Barbara.Robinson@senate.state.md.us Senator Rosapepe Jim 21
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
Jim.Rosapepe@senate.state.md.us Senator Salling Johnny 6
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3587
(410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587
JohnnyRay.Salling@senate.state.md.us Senator Serafini Andrew 2
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3903
(410) 841-3903, (301) 858-3903
Andrew.Serafini@senate.state.md.us Senator Simonaire Bryan 31
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3658
(410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658
Bryan.Simonaire@senate.state.md.us Senator Smith William 20
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634
(410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634
Will.Smith@senate.state.md.us Senator Waugh Steve 29
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3673
(410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673
Steve.Waugh@senate.state.md.us Senator Young Ronald 3
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3575
(410) 841-3575, (301) 858-3575
Ronald.Young@senate.state.md.us Senator Zirkin** Bobby 11
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3131
(410) 841-3131, (301) 858-3131
Bobby.Zirkin@senate.state.md.us Senator Zucker Craig 14
1-800-492-7122 ext. 3625
(410) 841-3625, (301) 858-3625
Acting from our faith convictions, we join our voices with others in the region who call for responsible public policies that promote healthy watersheds.
Public policies are needed to bring about major change and to undo the harm that has been done to our environment, specifically the watersheds of the Chesapeake region.
Citizens and organizations have a moral obligation to engage in the political process in ways that align with our values.
What Can You Do?
- Sign up to receive legislative action alerts and to be an Advocacy Leader. Gear up for the 2020 Maryland Legislative Session by making sure you're signed up for our Advocacy Leader newsletters and get ready to mobilize your community.
- Make sure you know who your state representatives are before the 2020 legislative session begins. Click here to enter your home address and see who represents you.
- Join us on Facebook or Twitter and be vocal about state legislation, or respond when we post important news.
- Help us track legislation in other Chesapeake states or in the District of Columbia. Email email@example.com if you can volunteer in this way.
- Join us on January 29, 2020, 4-6pm in Annapolis for the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit. For more details and to register Click Here.
Denominational Advocacy Days:
- Maryland Episcopal Advocacy Day: Wed 2/12/20, 8:30 am-2 pm. Register here.
- Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day with Pearlstone Center: Tues 2/18/20, 4:30-7:30 pm.
- United Methodist Advocacy Day, Thurs 3/5/20, 8:30 am-2 pm. More info here.
2020 Maryland Legislative Session
The Bills IPC Will Be Tracking...
Environmental Justice Caucus
IPC was asked by the Choose Clean Water Coalition to speak out in support of the newly formed Environmental Justice Caucus. We gathered 160 signatures to encourage our Senators to join the caucus! Read about this effort here.
Do you live in Virginia or the District of Columbia? Help us track legislation in other regions! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Contact Your Legislator
Do you know how to contact your legislator and ensure your voice is heard? The links below will connect you to websites for each of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed states where you can find your legislator and obtain their contact information.
Join the movement!
Be a GIVER on Giving Tuesday, November 29th!
We need your help to change more hearts and restore more sacred waters!
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Jodi Rose commented on Menu For Action 2015-04-06 08:26:41 -0400Yes, Chris, we’re so excited to see those projects come to life! I see an AA County House of Worship driving tour event in the future! We need to start planning something like that…
Jodi Rose answered 2015-03-19 09:10:54 -0400Q: Are you confident that your congregation will begin to form a green ministry?
This brief survey (23 questions) will help us understand your level of familiarity with the topics to be discussed at the workshop so that we can prepare properly. They are Yes-No questions, and it should take you about 5 minutes to complete. There is one question per page. Thank you for your time!Take the survey
Jodi Rose answered 2014-11-17 14:18:26 -0500Q: Would you be interested in serving on a planning committee for such a gathering?
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake wants to serve you well. Please tell us what you think about our providing gatherings for people of faith interested in working on improving watershed health.Take the survey
Jodi Rose answered yes 2014-07-24 14:34:21 -0400Q: Would you be willing to volunteer to help coordinate this experience for your congregation or in your region?
IPC is considering developing an outdoor educational experience with a spiritual context as a means of helping faith advocates develop a greater sense of place within their watershed community. Such an experience might take place on the congregation's property, nearby natural areas, local streams or waterways, and could include hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking, boating or even fishing.
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Jodi Rose commented on On Stormwater Fees 2014-03-27 17:14:25 -0400Absolutely, Ann! One of the things we talk about when we go out to congregations and faith leaders is that we live together in a “watershed community.” Watersheds know no city boundaries, no legislative districts, no church boundaries. Watersheds follow the contours of the land and answer only to their Creator. We are in this together and we are connected to each other through our watershed communities. If we could see each other as fellow brothers and sisters in a shared watershed, we might stop fighting over politics and start working together for solutions that reflect love to our Creator and to each other.