Rooted and Rising in Love: A One-Day Retreat

February 5, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

https://www.thebtscenter.org/rooted-and-rising-in-love-a-one-day-retreat/

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Rooted and Rising in Love: A One-Day Retreat with Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas Friday, February 5, 2021 10:00am - 3:00pm (Eastern) • via Zoom $25 Program Fee Scholarships are available by request. Contact Program Director, Rev. Nicole Diroff at nicole@thebtscenter.org.   The long, dark days of winter invite us to reflect deeply on our sources of courage and hope. In the face of converging social and ecological crises, what spiritual practices and perspectives will sustain us? As we struggle to protect the web of life and to create a more just society, where do we turn for meaning and strength?   This one-day retreat, held online, will include a mix of presentations, small group conversations, individual reflection, and free time for contemplative wandering and prayer. Together we will explore a framework for the heart to help us become compassionate, prophetic leaders who can take up the mantle of moral leadership that this decisive moment in history requires.   For complete information, visit here. To register, visit here.  

Preaching Gospel Hope in a Time of Climate Crisis

March 3, 2021 to March 3, 2021

TBD

online

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Preaching Gospel Hope in a Time of Climate Crisis Climate change is called the moral challenge of our time, yet many preachers avoid discussing it. Looking ahead to Easter and Pentecost, we will discuss the spiritual/moral imperative to preach about climate change, identify obstacles to climate preaching, and receive theological and homiletic resources.  Classes will include a mix of presentations, small group conversation, and whole group discussion. Wednesdays, March 3, 10 and 17, for 90-minute sessions.  Co-led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and the Rev. Stephanie Johnson. Sponsored by Bexley Seabury Seminary. Full information and registration to follow.

Lent and the Longing for God: A Morning Retreat

March 6, 2021
Lent and the Longing for God: A Morning Retreat with Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas Saturday, March 6, 2020 • via Zoom   What do you long for most? What is most precious to you? What do you want more than anything else?    These may sound like strange questions to ask during Lent, a season usually associated with self-denial, not desire.  But Lent calls us back to our deepest longing, our desire for closer union with the Love that created us and that longs to be set free among us.   This morning retreat, conducted online, will invite us to explore our own desires, as well as the desires of the One “to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid.” Our time together will include presentations and guided meditation, with options for solitary reflection or for small group conversation. Please bring a candle and matches, if you can.  For the periods of free time, you may wish to have a Bible, Prayer Book, journal and/or art supplies nearby, or a warm coat so that you can head outside. Complete information and registration to follow.

Building Emotional and Spiritual Resilience

April 17, 2021

10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

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Building Emotional and Spiritual Resilience: A Retreat for Pax Christi MA   In the face of converging social and ecological crises, 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?  Through a mix of presentations and small group conversations, this morning retreat will explore a framework for the heart to help us become compassionate, prophetic leaders who are willing and able to take up the mantle of moral leadership that this decisive moment in history requires. If possible, please bring • a candle and matches; • a small object that represents something you love; and • a small object that represents something precious you have lost or fear losing. The object can be as simple as a photo, leaf, shell, cross – whatever you like.  We hope that keeping something tangible and meaningful close by will help us to focus our prayer and to break through the disembodied quality of being on a screen.

Preaching, worship, & adult ed

April 25, 2021

10:00 a.m. (Eastern)

St. John's Episcopal Church

1419 Pine Street

Boulder, CO

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Margaret will preach live at the (virtual) 9:00 a.m. (Central)/10:00 a.m. (Eastern) Sunday morning worship service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado, on April 25, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, which is both Good Shepherd Sunday and Earth Sunday. The service will be recorded and shared on the church’s YouTube channel, with the link posted to its Facebook page after the service concludes.  After the Sunday service, Margaret will speak at the virtual coffee hour on Zoom.  

The Climate Emergency: Bringing Head, Hands, and Heart to the Struggle

May 8, 2021

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

online

https://truthschool.org/

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The Climate Emergency: Bringing Head, Hands, and Heart to the Struggle Saturday, May 8, 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM The U.N.’s IPCCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports that in order to avert climate catastrophe, we must transform our society and economy at a pace and scale that are historically unprecedented. The fight to accomplish this transformation will evoke inner and outer conflicts. In this workshop, two long-time climate justice activists will report on what they have learned along the way and invite participants to share their own insights. Rev. Mariama will discuss how she approaches the conflicts that inevitably arise within and between communities and interest groups as we fight for a just and sustainable future.  Rev. Margaret will discuss how she approaches the inner conflicts that the climate crisis can evoke (for instance, how to work with anxiety, grief, anger, and guilt). Trainers: Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas is Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ; co-editor, Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis. Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is a Speaker and Consultant; Fellow, Green Justice Coalition; Pastor, New Roots AME Church, in Dorchester, MA. She is the former Executive Director of Project HIP-HOP. The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership (also known as the “Truth School”) offers classes to individuals and groups with the goal of promoting and facilitating concrete movement-building.  The School seeks to teach the organizing skills necessary to equip people – young, middle-aged, and old – to be active, effective, and empowered. Every class is taught by a person of color, and some classes (such as this one) are taught by biracial pairs.  All Truth School classes meet on Zoom. Registered participants will receive the link the day before the class takes place. Pre-registration is required.  Register online at www.truthschool.org.   All Truth School classes are free.  The Truth School needs and welcomes your financial contributions.