Earthkeeping Global Mission Conference

April 22, 2021 to April 24, 2021

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Earthkeeping Global Mission Conference: April 22-24 on Zoom!
Registration is open for the 2021 Global Mission Conference sponsored by the Global Episcopal Mission Network. This year’s conference will address the urgent question of how Christians can respond to the climate crisis and what we can learn from our mission companions around the world.
Margaret will be the first plenary speaker on Friday, April 23, addressing the topic “Earth Care, Soul Care: Growing in Spiritual Resilience.” 
This year’s conference will be held online via Zoom on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) & the following Friday & Saturday, April 23 & 24. Each day will have one 3-hour session: 1-4pm Eastern (10 am-1 pm Pacific = 4-7 pm UK = 7-10 pm South Africa). Other plenary speakers include:
  • Canon Dr. Rachel Mash of Green Anglicans in South Africa and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, who will speak on forming mission companionship for climate justice.
  • The Rev. Leon Sampson of Navajoland, who will share how Native American spirituality can inform missional creation care.
  • Bishop Orlando Gomez of Costa Rica, who will share from the experience of his diocese in caring for the creation and promoting climate justice in Latin America.
  • The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care for the Episcopal Church, who will relate creation care to racial justice and global mission.
Workshops in breakout rooms on Saturday, April 24, include:
  • “Repairing the Earth through a Carbon-Offset Partnership,” led by the Rev. Jeff Gill of Olympia, who will present how Olympia and Southern Philippines are collaborating in the Carbon Offset Cooperative Mission.
  • “Creation Care in Haiti: What Does That Mean?” led by Janet and the Rev. Donnel O’Flynn, who will discuss opportunities and obstacles from their work as Episcopal Volunteers in Mission in Haiti. – awaiting confirmation
  • “Call Waiting? Discerning a Missionary Vocation,” led by Elizabeth Boe, mission personnel officer in the Office of Global Partnerships of the Episcopal Church.
  • “Best Practices for Mission Teams,” led by Bill Kunkle, executive director of the Dominican Development Group, who has led over 500 short-term mission trips.
Full schedule is here.  You can register here.

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.  

“It’s Not Too Late: An Oratorio on the Subject of Climate Change” 

April 25, 2021

4:30-6:00 p.m., 7:30-9:00 p.m.

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Geoffrey Hudson’s stunning choral-orchestral work, "A Passion for the Planet," is an hour-long oratorio on the subject of planetary crisis. Blending scientific prose, poetry, and sacred texts from many faiths, the libretto traces an arc from beauty and gratitude into darkness and out again into hope.
This two-part event shares "A Passion for the Planet" in “an interactive, multimedia experience that delivers a potent blend of science, activism, and art – a microcosm of the coalition converging to change course at this dramatic moment in planetary history.” The afternoon panel will be followed by a fresh presentation of "A Passion for the Planet."
“Prelude: A Conversation on Earth Optimism” 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join "A Passion for the Planet" composer Geoffrey Hudson, climate scientist Michael E. Mann, activist Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, and others as they discuss the climate emergency and explore just solutions. There is a lot of work to be done, and we are capable of doing it. There is still time to create a better future. And that work is underway all around us. What gives you hope?
“A Passion for the Planet” 7:30 p.m.
The show begins with composer Geoffrey Hudson teaching the audience to sing a simple tune. Next is the viewing of "A Passion for a Planet," with director’s-cut-style annotations by Hudson and climate scientist Michael E. Mann. The eco-oratorio ends with audience members and performers joining to sing the tune learned at the top of the program.
You can register for one or both parts of the event (cost is free, or pay what you wish).
A press release with more information is here. To join the conversation, follow the hashtag campaign on Instagram and Twitter #WhatGivesMeHope.

American Climate Leadership Summit

April 27, 2021 to April 29, 2021

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Join Margaret at the American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2021). "2021 is our year to forge a path forward to necessary climate solutions with ambitious American leadership. At the 10th annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2021) we will build on the the international climate summit the week before and prepare for the UNFCCC COP 27 later in the year in Glasgow. At ACLS 2021 you will connect with 1,000+ climate leaders from the local to international scale — and across sectors of society — to help move America along the solutions path faster." Register now! Whatever your role in society, wherever you live, climate change is increasingly threatening all that we care about. At the same time, solutions have never been more effective and accessible. Learn how to amplify and accelerate climate solutions at ACLS 2021. For more information and to register, click here.  Please note that the National Faith and Climate Forum will be held on Tuesday afternoon, April 27. Please join me there!  

Good News Gardens: “Tending the Garden, Tending the Soul”

April 27, 2021

5:00-6:00 p.m.

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The Good News Gardens movement has come to Massachusetts! The Good News Gardens program practices the love of Christ and will equip Episcopal churches across Massachusetts to 1) grow and give healthy food; 2) reflect on connections between scripture, faith, food and gardening; and 3) learn about and influence food systems and policies that affect society as a whole. We will collaborate with area partners to spread the good news through gardening.

Join the Movement - Plant! Pray! Proclaim!

Margaret will lead this month’s Good News Gardens webinar. How can tending a Good News Garden become a form of spiritual practice? How does experiencing a more embodied spirituality affect our perception of the Divine? Is it possible that growing a handful of tomato plants – or a big vegetable garden – can actually heal our souls? Join the conversation! The event is free and open to all. Register here.  

“Emotional and spiritual resilience in the climate crisis”

May 4, 2021
Margaret will teach a class for Professor Mark's Silk's course at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) on RELIGION AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

Climate Emergency Declaration Webinars

May 5, 2021 to May 5, 2021

7:00-8:15 p.m.

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The bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and western Massachusetts issued a declaration of climate emergency, with suggested resources and actions. Four Wednesdays in May (May 5, 12, 19, 26)
7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Registration is open for four webinars, held every Wednesday in May, to support the Climate Emergency Declaration recently issued by the Bishops of the Diocese of Massachusetts and Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Each 75-minute webinar will focus on a plank of the declaration: PRAY (May 5), LEARN (May 12), ACT (May 19) and ADVOCATE (May 26.) These interactive webinars, hosted by the Creation Care Justice Network of the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, will include presentations, discussion and suggested actions. If you can't attend all four webinars, recordings will be made available.  Please join us.

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

May 8, 2021

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

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The Truth School

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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 The Truth School.

All Truth School classes are free. The Truth School needs and welcomes your financial contributions.

Alive in the Spirit: A Morning Retreat

June 12, 2021

9:30 a.m. - !2 Noon

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Saturday, June 12, 2021 • via Zoom  9:30 a.m.-12 Noon Jesus calls us to fullness of life (John 10:10), yet many of us feel anything but fully alive – instead, we may feel melancholy, distracted, anxious, or numb. In this morning retreat we will explore ways of prayer that make us available to the healing and enlivening power of the Spirit.  The first part of the retreat will focus on our inner lives; the second part will focus on how our outer lives can create the conditions for experiencing what Joseph Campbell called “the rapture of being alive.” Our time together will include presentations and guided meditation, with options for solitary reflection and small group conversation.  If possible, please bring a candle, Bible, and Book of Common Prayer. This retreat is sponsored by the Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts. The retreat is free. Everyone is welcome.  To register, sign up here.

Preaching & worship

June 20, 2021

10:30 a.m.

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Margaret will preach at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning service of Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, MA, as part of a sermon series on “turning toward the more-than-human.”  The service will be broadcast on Facebook Live at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church FB page (a direct link is on the splash page of its website, oldcambridgebaptist.org).
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