TAKING ROOT: Movie & discussion
Edgartown Public Library
26 West Tisbury Road
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
First Congregational Church of West Tisbury
1051 State Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Earth Care, Soul Care: Reflections from the Front Lines
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
35 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01103
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
8:00, 10:00, & 11:15 a.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church
35 Park Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Preaching, worship, & forum
8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1500 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2514
Earth care, soul care: Reflections from the front lines
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
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
San Luis Obispo, CA
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
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd
301 Corral De Tierra Road
Salinas, CA 93908
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
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
St. Paul's/San Palo’s Episcopal Church
1071 Pajaro St.
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
8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church
20920 McClellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Springfield Marriott/Tower Square Hotel
2 Boland Way