One Water Partnership

The One Water Partnership is a growing network of faith communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed coming together to care for the local waterways they share. Through the One Water Partnership, environmental organizations and government agencies support and equip local congregations with the skills and resources they need as they embark on a path of environmental stewardship and inspire others to heed the call to care for our natural world.

IPC and our partners are in the process of expanding The One Water Partnership to the following regions:

Baltimore City
Anne Arundel County
Harford County
Wicomico County
Note: Congregations who send 2-3 members to participate in IPC's Green Team Leadership Training being offered in fall 2019 through 2020 will receive seed money for new projects!

Click HERE to watch a 4 minute video about this GREAT work we successfully piloted in the Jones Falls Watershed 2017-2019. 
See the exciting events happening in the One Water Partnership below:


Storm Drain Stenciling Workshop at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church

Monday, July 29th at 5 PM

Come learn how to paint storm drains in your neighborhood so that people will understand where the water goes. Free One Water Partnership workshop led by program partner Blue Water Baltimore.

Parking is in the lot behind the church, on the street and in the parking lot across Reisterstown Road at Parks and People. Register HERE.

 

 

 


Congratulations to The Green Teams of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church & Beth Am Congregation for organizing the free movie screening and Panel Discussion. Thanks to the panelists:

  • Bruna Attila, Coastal Resources Planner,  Baltimore City Sustainability Program
  • Rona Kobell, Science Writer & Editor, Maryland SeaGrant UMD
  • Taylor Smith-Hams, Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator, Citizen’s Climate Lobby
  • Moderated by Jessie Hillman, Stormwater Manager, Blue Water Baltimore

They shared information about Baltimore City's Sustainability Plan, statewide environmental issues including climate change and water quality. With over 50 people in attendance there was good discussion about what individuals and congregations can do to help stem the tide of climate change and address flooding in our communities. 


Big News! The Work Continues...

IPC is so excited to announce that we have received additional grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to continue our work with the One Water Partnership. With this commitment to three more years of funding IPC and our partners will be able to nurture and grow the program in the Jones Falls AND expand into new areas to include congregations in the Gwynns Falls, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, Wicomico County and making our way to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Read the whole Media Release for all the details.

This means that more congregations will be able act out their call to care for creation like the following ones that recently learned that they will be receiving grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust:

Homewood Friends Meeting-install custom made bench cisterns and pollinator garden

St. Lukes Church on the Avenue-install rain barrels and conservation landscaping

Mount Lebanon Baptist Church-install cistern planters, plant trees. They will also install two rain gardens in partnership with CivicWorks funded by NFWF

 


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On Sept. 25th 2018 one hundred people gathered at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church for a very special evening with Doug Tallamy author of "Bringing Nature Home"  and one of the country’s leading experts on using native plants to restore our watersheds. Those present heard a message that reinforced the idea that it is incumbent upon all property owners, including houses of worship, to provide habitat for the smallest of God's creatures-meaning insects like caterpillars and spiders -- to help restore the foundations of the intricate web of life.  Two examples of congregations in our One Water Partnership in Jones Falls that have recently succeeded in doing just this are The Cathedral of Incarnation and The Kadampa Meditation Center. They each installed cisterns to capture stormwater runoff to provide water for surrounding native plantings. These projects were funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Mini-Grant program. All of these efforts were accomplished through Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake’s One Water Partnership.  For more information to see how you can begin to transform your congregational grounds contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or 443-799-0349.


Interfaith Youth Service and Tree Planting 

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On November 14th we held an Interfaith Youth Service and Tree planting. We started the day at The Shrine of the Sacred Heart for a service that began with song led by the church's Filipino Youth Choir. Father Bill Au, the parish priest, welcomed everyone with an opening prayer. Youth members recited readings and there were prayers and readings offered by Pastor Michele Ward, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Daniel Burg, Beth Am Congregation and Associate Pastor John Parker from Mount Lebanon Baptist Church (MLBC). Following the service about 35 people loaded on a bus and headed to a site in Cherry Hill where others met us to plant 75+ trees. It was  truly a great day.

But the story does not end there. Janell Belcher, a youth member from Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, participated in the service by reading Psalm 1:1-3 as well as leading a "Litany of Commitment for Creation Care" at the tree planting location. She had previously attended one of our "Inspirational Bus Tours" and on this day worked with her grandparents and other church members to plant trees at this event. Inspired by these experiences she has decided to focus her pursuit of a Girl Scout Gold Award on the upcoming rain garden, tree planting and cistern installation that will be happening at MLBC as part of the One Water Partnership program. She says, "I have learned how important clean water, trees and other native plants are and want to share this with others in the neighborhood." Once the projects are complete next Spring she plans to do outreach to other churches and the surrounding neighborhood associations to share her newfound knowledge. This is how we grow our future green leaders!

Questions? Contact Bonnie Sorak bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 443-799-0349

Commit Your Congregation to Take One Action and Join Today!

Congratulations to these 16 congregations who have joined the One Water Partnership and have OWP_Large_Group_1.jpgagreed 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.

In addition, these 17 congregations are participating by taking at least 1 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.

Click HERE to see if your congregation in the Jones Falls and join these 33 congregations in action. (Even if not, and if you're interested in participating, contact us since we are building interest lists for other regoins). Contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or call 410-609-6852 to get involved. 

Step 1: Complete a quick, online Congregation Interest Form Click HERE. To download the form Click HERE then complete and email the completed form back to bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org. 

Step 2: Once the interest form is 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.


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.


Click HERE to view more accomplishments from the Jones Falls One Water Partnerships.


Program Partners:

 

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Program Funded by:

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