Ecological conversion: Falling in love with Earth

October 2, 2021

9:30 a.m. - 12 Noon

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A Saturday morning retreat Saturday, October 2 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon • Zoom (free) Led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Ecological conversion means falling in love with earth as an inherently valuable, living community in which we participate, and bending every effort to be creatively faithful to its well-being, in tune with the living God who brought it into being and cherishes it with unconditional love.” – Elizabeth Johnson

As we approach the end of Creation Season and prepare for the feast day of St. Francis on October 4, what is our next step in eco-conversion? How does God want to meet us through the natural world? Our time together will include silence and guided meditation, presentations and small group conversation, and free time for solitary prayer and a contemplative walk outdoors.

Please bring a natural object to this retreat (e.g., a few autumn leaves, a rock, shell, feather, or house plant).

This retreat is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and is open to the public at no charge.

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Celebrating and preaching

October 3, 2021

9:00 a.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church

48 Elm Street

Northampton, MA 01060

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Margaret will serve as celebrant and preacher at the 9:00 a.m. service of Holy Communion at St. John's Episcopal Church, Northampton, MA. Join us on the last Sunday in Creation Season, a special day for honoring St. Francis, all eco-justice mystics and activists, and the Earth entrusted to our care. Everyone is welcome!

Buddhist-Christian Responses to Ecological Catastrophe and Climate Change

November 19, 2021

4:00-6:00 p.m.

San Antonio, TX

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The 2021 Annual Meetings, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature is the world's largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. This year the meetings will be held in San Antonio, Texas, November 20–23.

The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies will host an affiliated event:

Buddhist-Christian Responses to Ecological Catastrophe and Climate Change

Friday, November 19

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Ten of the warmest years globally have occurred since 1998, the arctic has lost 95% of its oldest ice, 6 of 10 of the largest wildfires in California occurred in 2020, and the march goes on. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, “It is therefore no longer a question of whether to mitigate climate change or to adapt to it. Both adaptation and mitigation are now essential.” This paper session explores Buddhist and Christian responses to climate change in terms of both adaptation and mitigation. What kinds of responses can be formulated in terms of religious thought, scientific understanding, environmental activism, and community building?

Presenters include:

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care (Episcopal Diocese of Western MA & Southern New England Conference, UCC) and Creation Care Advisor (Episcopal Diocese of MA)

Xiumei Pu, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Westminster College, a scholar of ecowomanist and ecofeminist thought incorporating Womanist and Buddhist influence

John Becker, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lyon College, working in Buddhist-Christian Studies, ecotheology, and process philosophy

Stephanie Kaza, Professor Emerita, Environmental Studies, Univ. of Vermont, author of A Wild Love for the World (Shambhala, 2020)

Kristin Largen, President, Wartburg Seminary, will introduce the speakers and serve as moderator

 

Worship & preaching

November 21, 2021

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

Church of Reconciliation

8900 Starcrest Drive

San Antonio, TX 78217

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Margaret will preach on the Feast Day of Christ the King at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services of Holy Communion at Church of Reconciliation in San Antonio, Texas.  If you're nearby, please join us!
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