We are an interfaith organization, engaging people of faith and congregations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
We envision a time when faith communities throughout the Chesapeake region will have a deep appreciation of the sanctity of Earth. This appreciation will be reflected in their life, worship and theological reflection. Their children will be taught to love and cherish natural things. Communities of faith will be mindful of the importance of conservation in everything they do. Their houses of worship will be models of energy efficiency. People of faith will protect the waters from pollution and seek ways to live in harmony with God’s Creation.
IPC works through communities of faith to bring about this transformation. We are actively seeking opportunities to reach further and involve more people and communities in this mission. Will you join us? You are invited to get in touch with Dottie Yunger, Executive Director, to learn how you can become involved--or add your name to our mailing list at right.
Opportunity: Free Trees -- For Our Bay, Our Forested Streams, Our Children’s Future
Want to plant more trees on your congregation's property? We are looking for congregations to partner with in the Maryland Stream Restoration Challenge - a challenge to establish 1,000 acres of stream-side forests by 2015. details
IPC is recruiting a part-time Program Coordinator to guide our increasing number of outreach programs to congregations. We are seeking an energetic, committed and creative person to fill this position. Here are the details
An Essay by IPC Board Chair Nina Beth Cardin, distributed by the Bay News Service, published in the Baltimore Sun
On Tuesday, April 16, the Worldwatch Institute will release the latest edition of its annual flagship publication, State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, in Washington, D.C.
The event will feature some of the book's key contributors, who will share their expertise and ideas on the three main themes of the book, discussing how the term "sustainability" should be measured, how we can attain it, and how we can prepare if we fall short. A reception with food and refreshments will follow the event.
For those of you who are unable to make it in person for the launch, we invite you sign up now and participate via free live webstream on the Worldwatch website on the day of the symposium.
Speakers will include (Download the full program here):
as well as contributing authors...
The waters of the Chesapeake Bay have a special place in the hearts of people who live on the land connected to it. We are proud to claim it as the largest estuary in the United States. We wring our hands as we read in the news that efforts to clean up the Bay have fallen so far short of the goals set 25 and 30 years ago.
The good news is that we have the opportunity now to tell our elected officials that clean water is important to us and to have a say in that clean up process. The jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay
Watershed are inviting the public to submit comments on their draft clean water plans (aka Watershed Implementation Plans). These plans will serve as blueprints for reducing pollution in our waterways.
Your comments will be used by state officials to strengthen the plans and tailor them to local communities. The plans will be the "how to" for the Bay Pollution Diet (aka the Bay TMDL) that the EPA has set for the Chesapeake Bay.
The more comments, the clearer our commitment to clean water, the stronger the final clean water plan will be. Clean water is not a political issue, it is a spiritual one. As people of faith, we can make the spiritual need for clean water be heard.
BE INFORMED. Learn more about the clean water plans.
We encourage you to contact your elected officials - especially your local councilmember - to ensure that plans are strong. You can copy all or part of our SAMPLE LETTER, or better still, use your own words. Let us know if you do and if you get a response!
Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice (IYCJ) is a program for high school students active in local congregations. It is an interfaith learning community through which students gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need to be leaders for climate justice. Students engage in hands-on exploration of environmental issues, learn the environmental teachings of different faith traditions, participate in community service, plan and implement action projects and receive support in finding summer internships. MORE