Putting Faith into Action
Six congregations in the Baltimore region put their faith into action for earth stewardship through the Covenantal Partners Program (CPP) over the past two years. Each congregation signed a covenant to articulate their role in caring for Creation as a reflection of their relationship with their Creator, and IPC helped them respond through action. A covenant is a promise; in the Abrahamic traditions, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant or promise to Noah, "to all future generations, and every living creature with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth... to never again destroy the all life on earth by the waters of a flood."(Genesis 9:8-11)
This is just one of the examples of the outcomes of these six congregations committing to walk the hard journey toward stewardship. All of the projects are featured in this video - enjoy witnessing the enthusiasm and community engagement that these communities generated.
And now for more good news - CPP continues! Our new program will cultivate faith congregations from the Jones Falls watershed who embody Creation Care stewardship values, as demonstrated by visible actions and community leadership. Funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, IPC, Blue Water Baltimore, Interfaith Power and Light and Maryland Sea Grant are teaming up to deeply engage 15 congregations to green ministries and install best management practices on their properties. If you are a member of a congregation in the Jones Falls area of Baltimore
We look forward to witnessing how God works through these new congregations to manifest their vision and covenant to put faith into action to restore Creation! Are you doing this too? We'd love to hear from you!
Grant Funding Available
Outreach and Restoration Grant offered by Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) to provide grants for local watershed projects through the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. This grant program funds projects in partner areas - Howard County, Baltimore City, Gaithersberg, and Charles County - as well as throughout Maryland. CBT brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the grant process. Applicants are encouraged to contact CBT to discuss grant ideas before applying. Please contact them soon if you are interested. Non-profit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more are eligible. Grant awards range from $5,000-$75,000. The grant is currently open. Contact Abbi Huntzinger at [email protected] or 410-974-2941 x106 with questions. Application Deadline: September 28, 2016.
The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant program, offered by the Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), is also now accepting proposals to support watershed restoration and outreach throughout Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program encourages on-the-ground restoration including RainScapes practices as well as outreach and engagement activities that reduce stormflow and pollutants and engage Montgomery County residents in the restoration and protection of the local rivers and streams of Montgomery County. Please note that this funding opportunity is available for projects throughout Montgomery County for grant awards of up to $100,000. The municipalities of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park are not eligible for funding in this program; however they are eligible in the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program that is also open now. Deadline: October 6th, 2016 at 5 pm. For questions contact Grant Manager Jeffrey Popp at [email protected] or 410-974-2941, ext. 103.
New Round of Grant Funding for Tree-Planting
We will be applying for more funding to continue the Trees for Sacred Places program in 2017. Our next round of funding may be open to congregations who can plant as few as 20 trees on their property. If your congregation has not been able to participate in the tree-planting program before due to the minimum number of trees to be planted, but could participate if the minimum number is as few as 20 trees, please reach out to Bonnie to put your name on our waiting list at [email protected] or 410-609-6852.
Free Cisterns for Congregations in Prince George's County
These cisterns will store rainfall for non-potable water uses, or facilitate slow release after the storm. The project is no cost to the church and can alleviate flooding problems as well as reduce your property’s contribution of polluted runoff.
If your congregation has a roof at least 500 square feet in size and you're interested to learn more, please contact us. Already six congregations in the DC Metro Area have installed cisterns. What better way to draw your members into a deeper conversation about our responsibility to minimize negative impacts on shared water resources. For more information, contact Bonnie Sorak at [email protected]or 410-609-6852.
Annual Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forum
Hurry to Get a Free Water Audit for Your Congregation! Time is Running Short
If your congregation is located in Baltimore City or County and it hasn't yet had a FREE water audit NOW is the time to sign up. Learn more HERE. To schedule your water audit and register for Blue Water Congregations Click HERE.
The water audits are offered free of charge through Blue Water Congregations, a program of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Blue Water Baltimore and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Contact Bonnie at [email protected] or 410-609-6852 with questions.
Building Greater Partnerships
We work hard to inspire people of faith to care for the Earth and broker the resources they need to take action, such as grant funding, technical support, and organizational support. We have ideas for how to achieve even more together, but we need to know more about you to continue building on our partnership. By knowing where you live and worship, we can connect you to other people of faith in your region who are working on similar things. Please fill our out Stay Connected form so that we can provide more customized support to you and your congregation.
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