Trees help restore the watershed, sequester carbon and heal God’s Creation. If you would like trees planted on your worship grounds, send a letter of support by NOV. 24th to firstname.lastname@example.org OR call Kolya Braun-Greiner at 516-776-6129.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake is compiling a list of congregations who wish to participate in their Trees for Sacred Places program for 2015. The FREE program offers native trees, a spiritual and environmental workshop AND technical support with a tree planting plan and support on tree planting day. Sending a letter of support will assist in securing funds while not “locking you in”.
A sample letter follows:
To: Kacey Wetzel
Senior Program Officer
Chesapeake Bay Trust
60 West Street, Suite 405
Annapolis, MD 21401
We are excited to learn about the Trees for Sacred Places Project from the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. Planting trees will be a way for our [ your Congregation’s name] to participate in care for God’s Creation and restoration of our Chesapeake Bay watershed.
[Optional Paragraph on Congregation’s existing care for creation ministry.]:
e.g. Our goals are to educate our church community about the necessity of nurturing and preserving God’s creation, develop practices to protect God’s creation and ensure a healthy environment for all people and serve our community with programs that support these goals.
Participating in this project will further our goals and provide a “hands on” action for our members to engage directly in earth stewardship and environmental protection at the local level. Some of the especially attractive aspects to this program are: professional guidance on developing our planting plan and selection of trees from the Alliance for the Chesapeake, the trees selected are all native trees, and there is an educational component on both spiritual and environmental benefits of trees. And all this is free!
We are eagerly looking forward to this opportunity to both beautify our grounds as well as do our part to contribute to a healing of the Chesapeake Bay through this tree planting.