Photo credit: Robert A. Jonas

The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., is an author, retreat leader, and Episcopal priest.  In a pioneering ecumenical partnership, she serves as Missioner for Creation Care for both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ. A long-time climate activist, she believes that the ecological crisis – from climate change to the extinction of species – calls us to claim our kinship with all creation, to look deeply into our sources of hope, and to work together to build a just and sustainable future.

This Website is a base camp, giving people a place to rest and reflect, to learn and find encouragement. Some viewers may be burned-out activists, looking for spiritual sustenance. Some may be seekers, wondering how faith and ecology connect. Some may be looking for a bit of insight, a flash of humor, or an idea for what to do next in their ongoing quest to be agents of healing, hope, and justice in the world. The planet needs everybody’s gifts and everyone has a part to play. Thank you for participating in the great work to protect life on Earth. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment, and we’re glad you’re here. To contact Margaret: mbj (at) revivingcreation.org. If you’d like to support her work as Missioner for Creation Care, please donate here.
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latest book

Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, co-edited by Margaret and Leah D. Schade, was released in November 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield. It features 21 essays by a wide range of individuals–scientists, scholars, faith leaders, and activists–who write about their sources of strength, wisdom, and hope as they grapple with the climate crisis. The book includes study questions and spiritual practices, making it an excellent choice not only for individual reflection, but also for study groups, classes, and interfaith conversations. (Use this code for a 30% off discount from the publisher: RLFANDF30.)

“In the face of an absolute emergency, the voices in Rooted and Rising represent an important source of inspiration and challenge. There is no time left for delay or half-heartedness in our response to the climate crisis, and these authors call on all of us to do everything we can for the sake of our precious planet.” — Fletcher Harper, executive director, GreenFaith

“This book put new steel in my spine and fired up my resolve. You need this book, and the Earth needs you to take its message and resources to heart.”

— Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist

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creation care blog

6 lessons coronavirus can teach us about climate change  

Earth Day 2020 comes at a tumultuous time. COVID-19 has upended our lives. The number of infections keeps soaring world-wide and entire countries are sheltering in place.

Out of caution, many are keeping physical distance from each other. But out of compassion, many are helping any way they can — staying connected by phone or internet with those who are lonely; sewing masks for desperate health care workers; making donations to groups that help migrants and the homeless; pushing for policies that protect the lowest-earning members of society.

If there was ever a...

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articles & talks

A devotional prayer in a time of pandemic

At the request of Chautauqua Institution, I wrote a devotional prayer for a time of pandemic.

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Jesus, you are my friend and Savior.  You know me through and through, and you are with me in every part of my life: in my sadness, anger, and fear, and in my gratefulness and joy.   Gracious Jesus, on the day of your resurrection you came to your frightened disciples and breathed the Holy Spirit into them.  Breathe into me, as you breathed into them, the same creative wind and energy that moved across the face of the deep at the very beginning of creation.   As I breathe in, I breathe in your courage and strength.  As I breathe out, I breathe...

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upcoming

Building Emotional and Spiritual Resilience: A Morning Retreat

December 3, 2020

9:30 a.m.


Building Emotional and Spiritual Resilience Margaret will offer an online retreat for the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. How do we maintain courage and hope? What spiritual practices and perspectives sustain us? Through a mix of presentations and small group conversations, we will explore a framework for the h…

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news

As the first chaplain-in-residence for the 2020 CHQ Assembly, Margaret was interviewed for the article, “Bullitt-Jonas to preach on Faith for the Earth for Week One” (June 27, 2020).

With Leah Schade, Margaret co-wrote an article, “Earth Day turns 50: ‘The Earth is where all of us are sheltering in place,‘” published by Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA), April 20, 2020.

Margaret was interviewed for an article by reporter Steve Pfarrer, “Confronting climate change: Facing down the emotional and psychological costs of environmental chaos” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Dec. 24, 2019).

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latest multimedia

“Praying With Our Bodies”: A brief meditation (videotaped for American Climate Leadership Summit 2020, hosted by ecoAmerica) to ground us in love. Videography and background shakuhachi music by Robert A. Jonas. Filmed in Ashfield, MA.

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Header image: "Down Into Summer (Amethyst Brook)," by Christine Labich

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