TAKING ROOT: Movie & discussion

May 25, 2019

2:30 p.m.

Edgartown Public Library

26 West Tisbury Road

Edgartown, MA

508-627-4221

edgartownlibrary.org/

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Taking Root tells the story of the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees bloomed into a movement to safeguard the environment and protect human rights.

Dr. Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was born and raised in a rural village in Kenya during a time of strife and conflict. Educated in mission school then in the U.S. and Germany, she left a prestigious faculty position at the University of Nairobi to found The Greenbelt Movement, empowering women to plant trees (3 billion and counting) to restore ecosystems and revitalize communities. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her remarkable work at the nexus of environmental stewardship, democracy, and peace. Her vision, life, and legacy demonstrate what faith and action can accomplish in the face of adversity and seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Please join us for a screening of this outstanding film. After the screening, Directors/Producers Alan Dater and Lisa Merton will speak about Maathai’s Green Belt Movement. Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas will share the faith community’s response to the climate crisis.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Edgartown Library co-sponsors this free program with the Green Team of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, the Federated Church, Grace Church, and the Polly Hill Arboretum. All are welcome.

To download a flier, click here: Taking Root May 2019

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

https://www.wtcongregationalchurch.org/

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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

https://christchurchcathedralma.org/

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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 the third in a 4-part series of classes on faith and caring for God’s Creation. Come and be inspired!

To download a flier, click here: Creation Care Flier

*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.

Preaching, worship, & forum

July 14, 2019

8:00, 10:00, & 11:15 a.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church

35 Park Street

Williamstown, MA 01267

saintjohnswilliamstown.org/

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Margaret will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services of Holy Communion at St. John's Episcopal Church in Williamstown, MA.  This is a beautiful time of year to visit western Massachusetts! After the service, please join us for a special introduction to Sustain Island Home, the new initiative being unrolled across The Episcopal Church to help every household make smart, well-informed choices about energy. If all Americans changed their energy habits in five areas of daily life, we would cut our country's carbon emissions by 40%! Come learn how you can be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Preaching, worship, & forum

September 8, 2019

8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church

1500 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2514

(805) 965-7419

https://trinitysb.ladiocese.org/

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Margaret is traveling to California.  In the Diocese of Los Angeles, she will preach at the 8:00 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist and at the 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist at Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara.  After the services, she will lead a Forum discussion of Gospel hope, a Christian response to the climate crisis.

Earth care, soul care: Reflections from the front lines

September 10, 2019

Templeton, CA

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In the Diocese of El Camino Real, Margaret will speak at a Brown Bag Lunch hosted by People of Faith for Justice.

How can caring for the Earth become a spiritual practice that deepens our relationship with the Sacred? 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 restore the web of life can help to heal our soul.

As the Website for People of Faith for Justice explains, "We are an interfaith alliance in San Luis Obispo County, California, promoting peace and justice for all.  We believe that God's inclusive love is the basis for promoting compassion, generosity, non-violence, and respect for diversity.  We seek to influence public discourse and to enhance the quality of life through ongoing  education and strategic advocacy."

Details to come.

Healing the Earth, healing ourselves

September 11, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

San Luis Obispo, CA

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In the Diocese of El Camino, Margaret will lead a program for People of Faith for Justice.

The ecological challenges of our time, including species extinction and climate change, cry out for decisive 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? What obstacles get in the way of our becoming bold advocates for environmental justice and Creation care? What might set us free? Our gathering will include guided meditation, presentations, individual reflection, and small group sharing.

Stay tuned for more information!

Prophetic leadership in a time of climate crisis: A clergy retreat

September 13, 2019

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

Church of the Good Shepherd

301 Corral De Tierra Road

Salinas, CA 93908

831-484-2153

https://www.goodshepherdcorral.org/

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Margaret will lead a day-long retreat for clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. Below is a description of the retreat.

Climate change is upon us and many of the things we take for granted – from reliable seasons and moderate weather to clean air, clean water, and healthy food – are at risk. Indeed, the latest reports from climate science show that civilization itself is at risk. As ordained leaders, how will we respond? Parishioners turn to us for pastoral guidance and wisdom, and they hope to find in us a safe, calm presence in which to find their faith renewed. Our communities, and the world at large, also look to us for inspiration to take bold, prophetic action.

In the face of ecological crisis, how do we ourselves 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 compassionate, prophetic leaders who are willing and able to take up the mantle of moral leadership that this decisive moment in history requires.

Our time together will include presentations, guided meditation, group sharing, and space for solitary reflection and prayer.

To download a flyer, click here: Sept13RetreatFlyer

An opportunity for which the Church was born: A conference for the Diocese of El Camino

September 14, 2019

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

St. Paul's/San Palo’s Episcopal Church

1071 Pajaro St.

Salinas, CA

831-424-7331

www.stpauls-salinas.org/

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Margaret will address the theological and spiritual dimensions of climate change at a conference for the Diocese of El Camino. The other speakers are Paul Deis (Educator, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, The Climate Reality Project), who will present an overview of climate change science and solutions, and Lisa Altieri (Founder and CEO of Climate Solutions Net, who will speak about the significant steps that we can take to reduce our carbon footprint, with assistance from sustainislandhome.org. The Rev. Caro Hall (Rector, St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, Los Osos).

Please join us for an informative conference on the stewardship of Creation at a time of climate change. How can we best respond to the crisis facing life on the planet—our island home?

Participants will receive information on the latest scientific understandings of the causes and effects of global warming, will explore how caring for the Earth is an integral part of living as the Jesus Movement, and will leave with practical tools to put their care into action. Together, we can do more as a body than any of us can do alone.

The conference is sponsored by Earth Care Committee (St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, Los Osos, CA).

To download a flyer, click here: Sept14ConfFlyer

Preaching, worship, & forum

September 15, 2019

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

St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church

20920 McClellan Rd.

Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 252-4166

saintjudes.org/

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At her last event in California, Margaret will preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services of Holy Communion at St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church in Cupertino. After the services, she will lead a Forum discussion on Gospel hope and our Christian call to respond to the climate crisis.

Preaching

November 9, 2019

Springfield Marriott/Tower Square Hotel

2 Boland Way

Springfield, MA

413/781-7111

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Margaret will preach at the Diocesan Convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Details to follow.
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