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Province III Opioid Task Force commissioned

p3 opioid task forceThe Rt. Rev. William “Mike” Klusmeyer (WV), President of Province III, has commissioned a task force to consider how the church in the Mid-Atlantic can respond to the opioid pandemic.  The Rev. Dina van Klavern serves as chair of the task force.  She has gathered a group of clergy and laity who have a heart for those most affected by the opioid pandemic or have expertise to share. Members now are prayerfully discerning action going forward that may include law enforcement, healthcare, public policy, and engagement of local congregations.   


One of the 2016 UTO grants, in Province III at St. Luke’s Annapolis in the Diocese of Maryland:
St. Luke's Restoration of Nature: A Comprehensive Watershed Restoration Project

Watershed restorationIn August 2017, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD (Diocese of Maryland) began construction on a comprehensive watershed restoration initiative on Back Creek. The project follows Chesapeake Bay Program guidelines and uses nature’s own technology to clean and filter 28 acres of urban stormwater runoff that currently flows directly into the creek through a municipal pipe system. Components of the project include curb cuts, native trees and plants, a regenerative stream channel, wetlands, tidal marsh, and a living shoreline, all of which will aid in restoring the health of the Bay. The final result will be a restored ecosystem that reduces pollution and sediment entering the creek, provides abundant food and shelter for wildlife, and creates quality green space for the community, including an environmental education campus for teaching stewardship of creation. Click here to read about this project.

 

Community Garden at St. Mary Magdalene in Silver Spring, MD