Pittsfield, MA Green Drinks

March 19, 2019

5:15 p.m.

J Allen's Clubhouse Grille

41 North Street

Pittsfield, MA


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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!"

Preaching, worship, & forum

April 7, 2019

10:00 a.m.

First Congregational Church

588 Exeter Road

Lebanon, CT 06249



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Margaret will preach at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning service at First Congregational Church in Lebanon, CT.

Following the service, she will lead a Forum about a faithful, prophetic response to climate change.

This congregation is blessed with an unusually active and creative Environmental Justice Committee (for more information, visit here).  Come join us for a lively morning of worship and conversation, learning and inspiration.

April 10, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Merrimack College Campus, Cascia Hall and Rogers Center for the Arts

315 Turnpike St.

North Andover, MA


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Religion, Science and Ecology: Shared Responsibility for the Future

A Conference in Support of the Coalition of Massachusetts Religious Leaders and Scientists

You are invited to join Margaret as one of the guests at this free, public event held at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, and sponsored by CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM RELATIONS.

In February 2018, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, convened an ecumenical and interfaith group of religious leaders in Massachusetts together with leading climate scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center, the University of Massachusetts and other institutions. Merrimack College, represented by its Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, joined Cardinal O’Malley in this effort.

Our conference supports the goal of the coalition to bring religious leaders and scientists into dialogue to amplify the urgent call for ecological responsibility.

For the list of stellar speakers, a schedule, and to RSVP, please click here.


“Table of Thanksgiving: How Eucharist Forms Us”

April 29, 2019 to May 1, 2019

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493


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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.

National Prayer Breakfast

May 6, 2019

Willard Intercontinental Hotel

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 628-9100


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Please join Margaret at the 20th annual National Prayer Breakfast, organized by National Religious Coalition on Creation Care.

Our theme this year is "The Role of Forests in Addressing Climate Change.” The breakfast will take place on Monday, May 6th, at the Willard Hotel's Main Ballroom in Washington, DC. You are invited to attend.

Dr. Chad Hanson, a world expert on forests, will be our keynote speaker.

Awards will be extended to Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe for their actions in advancing national awareness and action on climate change.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

TO DOWNLOAD A POSTER, click 2019 Prayer Breakfast.

Preaching & worship

May 19, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Haydenville Congregational Church

143 Main Street

Haydenville, MA



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Margaret will preach at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday morning at Haydenville Congregational Church, a UCC church just outside Northampton, MA.

This is a special place!

As their Website says, "Worship at Haydenville Congregational Church means being part of an enthusiastic, Spirit-filled, sometimes noisy community of believers who are collectively working to understand and embrace the radical lessons of Jesus Christ and live them in today’s world. It is a place to live out the Christian values and principles of peace, justice, compassion, generosity, inclusion and fairness in this broken but beautiful world."

Faith, Science, and the Climate Crisis

May 25, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

First Congregational Church of West Tisbury

1051 State Road

West Tisbury, MA 02575


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The interfaith climate movement is growing strong on Cape Cod and the Islands!

Margaret will one of the speakers at this interfaith event organized by the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, on Martha’s Vineyard. The congregation is a member of the Faith Communities Environmental Network, and is affiliated with the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, an initiative bringing legislators, scientists and faith leaders together.

Details to follow!

Preaching & worship

May 26, 2019

10:00 a.m.

First Congregational Church of West Tisbury

1051 State Road

West Tisbury, MA 02575

(508) 693-2842


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Margaret will preach at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning service at First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, on Martha's Vineyard.

Earth Care, Soul Care: Reflections from the Front Lines

May 29, 2019

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

35 Chestnut St.

Springfield, MA 01103

(413) 736-2742


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How can caring for the Earth become a spiritual practice that deepens our relationship with God? What role can faith communities play in the struggle to combat climate change? Margaret will reflect on the local and worldwide movement to address climate change and how working to heal the web of life can help to heal our soul.

Free and open to this public, this class at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, MA, is one of a 4-part series of classes on faith and caring for God’s Creation. Come and be inspired!

* May 15 -- Film screening: HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE (facilitated by Scott Jackson). Film trailer is here.

* May 22 -- Presentation and discussion led by Dr. Paul Barten, Professor of Forestry and Hydrology, UMass-Amherst

* May 29 -- Presentation and discussion led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care for Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ

*June 5 – Film screening: TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI (facilitated by Dr. Paul Barten). Film trailer is here.