LET MY PEOPLE GO! Exodus from Fossil Fuel: An Interfaith Witness for Climate Action

March 26, 2018

12 Noon-2 p.m.

Boston State House

24 Beacon Street

Boston, MA

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Please join us at "LET MY PEOPLE GO! Exodus from Fossil Fuels: An Interfaith Witness for Climate Action." To download the flyer, visit here. At 12 Noon on Monday, March 26, people from all faith traditions will gather on the steps of the State House in downtown Boston to witness to climate injustice in our state and to speak truth to Governor Baker.
12:00 pm - Lively outdoor worship service representing a diversity of faiths.
1:00 pm - Head inside to ask the Governor to meet with faith leaders to discuss our opposition to the construction of all new fossil fuel infrastructure in Massachusetts.
1:30 pm - Visit your legislators to let them know about current legislation to address climate change (information will be provided). Legislators don’t often hear why people of faith care about climate change, so it is particularly important that they hear from you!
March 26th was chosen because it is during Holy Week and right before Passover and Easter celebrations. While this date is significant for those in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the event will speak from the heart of our diverse faiths, calling upon the Governor to stop cooperating with fossil fuel interests and do everything in his power to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth. We will confront the governor, as Moses confronted Pharaoh, with the realities of climate change and the very real "plagues" that climate change brings and will continue to bring – until we break free from fossil fuels and begin to repair our climate for future generations. Will you help us spread the word through your networks and contacts?
Please consider bringing a banner from your congregation or organization, or make signs to bring to our witness.
Training for Non-Violent Civil Disobedience, March 26, 9:00 to 11:00 am
To prepare for future actions, we are also holding a non-violent civil disobedience training from 9:00 to 11:00 am, in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street, Boston, opposite the Park Street stop on the MBTA). Click here to register.
Trial for Pipeline Protesters, Tuesday, March 27, Jamaica Plain
The 12 defendants who attempted to block construction of the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline are slated for trial starting Tuesday, March 27, at West Roxbury District Court, 445 Arborway, Jamaica Plain. Climate champions and experts, including Bill McKibbenand Dr. James Hansen, plan to testify in support of the case that the climate crisis is an emergency that justifies extreme measures in order to prevent a greater harm. We invite you to attend for one or more days, in support and solidarity. Click here for more information.
We look forward to seeing you as we unite in witness to our vision of a beloved and life-sustaining community of equality and dignity for all life.
Thank you for spreading the word about these events!

Easter Vigil

March 31, 2018

7:00 p.m.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

335 Longmeadow St.

Longmeadow, MA 01106

(413) 567-5901


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At St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Longmeadow, MA, Margaret will preach at the 7:00 p.m. Greater Springfield Ecumenical Easter Vigil service. This annual celebration unites Christians of several denominations in a shared worship service. • the lighting and blessing of the New Fire (lighting the Paschal/Resurrection Candle) • a dramatic telling of God's life-giving acts throughout the story of salvation • the renewal of Baptismal Vows • the celebration of the Holy Communion • area congregations • festive music, including St. Andrew's choir and guest trumpeter • a dessert and champagne reception following worship

Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves

April 11, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Westfield State University

577 Western Avenue

Westfield, MA 01086


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Margaret will be the keynote speaker at the annual Interfaith Breakfast sponsored by the Interfaith Center and the Westfield State Foundation. This event, held every spring, brings together community members, faculty, staff, and students of Westfield State University. In addition to breakfast, the event will also include special recognition of a graduating student and a performance by the Westfield State Choral.

Caring for the Earth: Human Calling, Urgent Task

April 14, 2018

1:30 pm - 3:00 p.m.

Federated Church of Orleans

162 Main Street

East Orleans, MA 02643

​(508) 255-3060


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Come join me on Cape Cod for an afternoon event convened by the Nauset Interfaith Association and the newly-formed Faith Communities Environmental Network. The conference will include my keynote address, questions, discussion, and more. Together we will address the religious foundations for ecological action and provide some practical tools and solutions.

Third Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Federated Church of Orleans

162 Main Street

East Orleans, MA 02643


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Please join me on Cape Cod!  Margaret will preach at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning service at Federated Church of Orleans (162 Main Street, East Orleans, MA).

Earth Stewardship: Healing Earth, Healing Ourselves

April 19, 2018

7:00 p.m -9:00 p.m.

Treehouse Community Room

1 Treehouse Circle

Easthampton, MA

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Margaret is offering this evening workshop/retreat through the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, please click here. Workshop description: The ecological challenges of our time, including species extinction and climate change, call out for bold action. They also call for deep inner work, as we explore how to sustain our energy and hope, and as we look deeply into what it means to be human. What evolution in consciousness is taking place in the human community, and how might we encourage it in ourselves and in each other? Just in time for Earth Day, our evening workshop will include guided meditation, presentations, individual reflection, and small group sharing.

A Green Attica for a Sustainable Climate

June 5, 2018 to June 8, 2018

Athens, Greece

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Margaret accepted an invitation to participate in the international ecological symposium that will be held in Athens, Greece in June: A GREEN ATTICA FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT: Preserving the Planet and Protecting Its People. The Ecumenical Patriarchate is organizing this symposium in association with the Region of Attica to explore the pressing environmental problems of the region and its islands, examining the connections between ecology and economy, particularly in the context of pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. A particular focus of the symposium will be climate migrants/refugees.

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

July 1, 2018

10:00 a.m.

The Chapel at West Parish

210 Lowell Street

Andover, MA


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Margaret will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service of Holy Communion at West Parish Church in Andover, Mass.  The service will be held in The Chapel at West Parish, which is described as a unique, tranquil setting: an antique English-style stone chapel that is rich in history and beauty.

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 2, 2018

8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

690 Burrard St.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



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Margaret will preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services of Holy Communion at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Contemplative Ecology: Landscapes of the Soul

September 3, 2018 to September 6, 2018

Rivendell Retreat Centre

600 Rivendell Drive

Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada


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The ecological crisis calls out for prayer.  It calls out for a growing awareness that we belong to the Earth and that the totality of the web of life is holy.  How does God speak to us through the natural world?  What gives us energy and hope as we struggle to protect God's creation?  How do we move through denial and despair into the joy of resurrected living? Held in a beautiful natural setting, the retreat will explore a theological framework for “holding” our concern for Earth, its creatures and people.  The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, small and large group conversation, singing, worship, and plenty of free time.   Margaret will lead this retreat for members of the Rivendell Retreat Community. The retreat center is located on Bowen Island in British Columbia.