Preaching & worship

January 13, 2019

10:15 a.m.

Townsend Congregational Church, UCC

3 Brookline Street

Townsend, MA

(978) 597-8925

www.tccucc.org/

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Margaret will preach at the 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning service at Townsend Congregational Church - UCC, in Townsend, Massachusetts. Join us for a morning of celebration and commitment as we praise God and renew our dedication to care for this good Earth.

Spiritual resilience and leadership in a time of climate crisis

January 26, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological

3041 Broadway at Reinhold Niebuhr Place

New York, NY

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Margaret will lead a day-long retreat for students at Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological.

In the face of ecological crisis, how do we maintain courage and hope? What spiritual practices and perspectives sustain us as we struggle to protect the web of life and to create a more just society? This retreat will explore a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope. Our time together will include presentations, guided meditation, group sharing, and space for solitary reflection and prayer.

Preaching, worship, & a forum

March 3, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

867 North Pleasant St.

Amherst, MA

413/549-0322

https://immanuel-amherst.org

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Margaret will lead an Adult Forum at 9:00 a.m. and preach at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, Massachusetts. Join us for a morning of celebration and commitment as we praise God and renew our dedication to care for this good Earth.

Pittsfield, MA Green Drinks

March 19, 2019

5:15 p.m.

J Allen's Clubhouse Grille

41 North Street

Pittsfield, MA

413-230-7321

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Margaret will speak on March 19 at Pittsfield Green Drinks, a monthly gathering that is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille, 41 North St., Pittsfield, MA. People will gather at 5:15 p.m. and Margaret will speak at about 6 p.m. For more information, please contact team@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321.

Please join the many people who gather each month to discuss interesting ideas, such as solar, wind, clean water, wildlife conservation, green building and waste prevention.

What is "Green Drinks"?

Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "Are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way to catch up with people you know and also to make new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.

Pittsfield Green Drinks is hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) . Email team@thebeatnews.org for more information.

Preaching & worship

March 31, 2019

10:00 a.m.

West Parish

129 Reservation Road

Andover, MA 01810

(978) 475-3528

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Margaret will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday morning at West Parish Church, a UCC congregation in Andover, MA. As their Website puts it, "We are a progressive and open faith community – so no matter what you believe, or what your family looks like, or where you're from, you are invited to journey with us as we seek the holy and build a more just and peaceful world.  Come join us, and see how vibrant, authentic and relevant church can be!"

“Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us”

April 29, 2019 to May 1, 2019

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493

https://www.valpo.edu/institute-of-liturgical-studies/

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The Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University will hold an ecumenical conference on liturgical renewal for the church today. During the conference, Margaret will lead two 60-minute workshops on connections between the Eucharist, eating disorders, and Earth care.

Charles Arand, Paul Bradshaw, M. Shawn Copeland and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Plenary Presenters

“For the Sacrament of Holy Communion has no blessing and significance unless love grows daily and so changes a person that they are made one with all others.” --Martin Luther, 1519

At altars across the world, the gathering of the faithful around a table of thanksgiving has been shaped by the scriptural narratives of feasts and fasts:

• Relying on manna and quail in a desert time of wilderness famine

• Offering hospitality to sacred strangers near the Oaks of Mamre

• Hungering for prophetic visions of wisdom’s feast and sustenance for all

• Celebrating a Caananite wedding banquet with abundant wine

• Remembering how Jesus met disciples before and after the cross at shared dinners

• Receiving the surprise on the road of broken bread and scriptural revelation

• Claiming the marriage supper of the Lamb as a blessing for the future

How are we being made one, today, by this table of thanksgiving we call the Eucharist in spite of diverse administration and intention? When much is broken in the world, how might the mutual recognition of the promise of Christ’s presence at the table promote healing? When hungering for food security overwhelms and shared bread is scarce supply, how might the mystery and meaning in the meal assuage our common needs? Are there shared understandings of the ethics of embodiment? And what of the claims of the sacramentality of all tables? How do reciprocal relationships between preaching and eating, and praying and singing shape a community of faith? Do we still hear Elijah and the widow’s generosity, the Psalmists pleas, theology from above and below?

At Institute 2019, these questions and many others will provide food for thought as we consider how the Eucharist, today, is instrumental in formation. Guided by leading practitioners, thoughtful scholars, and skilled musicians and artists, we invite you to join others in interrogating assumptions about the Eucharist by engaging in inquiry with history, theology, fine arts, and practice. As we consider what it means to give thanks at table, we again will examine how the means of grace change communities of faith.

For more information, please consult the Website here.

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