December 3, 2020

9:30 a.m.

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“Building Emotional and Spiritual Resilience” Margaret will offer an online retreat for the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. How do we maintain courage and hope? What spiritual practices and perspectives sustain us? Through a mix of presentations and small group conversations, 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. If you like, please have nearby: a candle/matches, a small object that represents something you love, and a small object that represents something precious you’ve lost or fear losing.  

December 12, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

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Space for Jesus: An Advent Quiet Day (held online) December 12, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon Led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas In these tumultuous times, what better way to welcome Jesus than to set aside a quiet morning to make room for his birth in our hearts and minds?  During this Advent Quiet Day, we will step away from our daily tasks and concerns so that we can listen with full attention to the Spirit’s movement within us.  Our intention will be to awaken to the divine Presence being given to us, moment by moment, breath by breath. Our time together will include presentations and guided meditations, with options for solitary reflection (indoors or out) or small group conversation. Please bring a candle and matches, if you can. For the periods of free time, you may wish to have a journal or art supplies nearby, or a good warm coat so that you can head outside.  Together, let’s create a space for Jesus to be born again in our lives.  This online retreat is open to all, free of charge.   Registration details to follow. The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas serves as Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ. Her latest book (co-edited) is Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis.  Her collection of daily meditations for Advent and Christmas, Joy of Heaven, to Earth Come Down, calls us to a practice of prayer grounded in reverence for the earth and to intentional living in harmony with the natural world.  Her Website: RevivingCreation.org.