It was exciting to see hundreds of faithful leaders and supporters gathered on Monday, February 19th at the "Faith & Waters Restoration Summit" in Annapolis, MD.

More than 200 green team members came together to represent their congregations and hear insightful panel discussions, share green team success stories, and learn strategies for impactful environmental advocacy.

Keynote speakers, Rev. William (Bill) Gohl Jr., Bishop, MD-DE Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and Hilary Harp Falk, President and CEO, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, challenged participants to forge ahead in their environmental stewardship efforts and to help engage others in this work.

Amidst the Summit's excitement, we shared bittersweet news: our beloved Executive Director, Jodi Rose, will be stepping down after nearly 11 years of dedicated service to Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. During the Summit, Jodi was honored with IPC's inaugural "Founder & Vision Award," recognizing her outstanding contributions in shaping IPC's mission. This award celebrates visionaries who embody the faithful calling to restore Creation, making Jodi the perfect first recipient.

"The Summit inspired me and gave practical tools for our faith community to implement. The workshops were highly informative. I also appreciated seeing what others are doing and the spirit of comrade from learning together in this common cause."

~ Rev. Arthur Stewart, North Baltimore Mennonite Church

Following the Summit, more than 50 participants marched to the state capitol to meet with legislators on a number of key environmental bills that are currently under consideration. Please join us by signing on with IPC to support the Whole Watersheds Act HERE and the Impact of Environmental Permits and State Agency Actions bill HERE

If you would like copies of the presentations from the Summit they are available HERE.