Preaching & worship

November 24, 2019

8:00 a.m.

The Episcopal Church of the Atonement

36 Court Street

Westfield, MA

(413) 562-5461

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Margaret will preach at the 8:00 a.m. service of Holy Communion at Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Westfield, MA

Preaching & worship

November 24, 2019

10:00 a.m.

First Congregational Church

18 Broad St.

Westfield, MA 01085

(413) 568-2833

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Margaret will preach at 10:00 a.m. at a special ecumenical service to celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday. Our shared worship service will be held at First Congregational Church in Westfield, MA, and will include Episcopal, Congregational and American Baptist congregations from at least four local churches.   Come join us for a lively and meaningful service of thanks for God's Creation and for the Spirit-led power to bless, heal, and protect it.

Presentations at Trinity College, Hartford

December 3, 2019

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

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Margaret will speak to students at Trinity College about "Faith-Based Local Activism in America" in a course taught by Professor Mark Silk on religion and climate change. She will also speak about her new book, Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, at a monthly faculty luncheon held at The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.    

Climate Change, the Land, and Spirituality: Making the Connections

December 5, 2019

7:00-8:00 p.m.

The Red Barn at Hampshire College

West Street

Amherst, MA 01002

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Are you worried about the climate crisis? Do you wonder how to make sense of it and how to respond to a challenge that can feel overwhelming? Spiritual practices and perspectives can provide us with wisdom and solace, helping us to take effective action.


Join us on December 5th at 7:00 pm for a moderated discussion with two local spiritual leaders and authors whose important work connects the land, climate change, and spiritual practice. The evening’s conversation will feature each of their new books, revealing the intersection of the outer and inner landscapes of our lives.

  Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, co-edited by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Leah D. Schade, features 21 essays by a wide range of individuals–scientists, scholars, faith leaders, and activists–who write about their sources of strength, wisdom, and hope as they grapple with the climate crisis. The book includes study questions and spiritual practices, making it an excellent choice not only for individual reflection, but also for study groups and classes.   Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas is an author, Episcopal priest, and climate activist. She serves as Missioner for Creation Care for both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.   The Promise of the Land: A Passover Haggadah by Ellen Bernstein is a guidebook that weaves together scholarship and a poetic sensibility. Bernstein maintains that the Jewish origin story is deeply rooted in the land, and that freedom is only possible when we have a relationship with a land—the land that we belong to, wherever we live. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, people around the world will be honoring and celebrating the earth. Be part of the great turning. Let The Promise of the Land help guide you on a rich environmental journey.   Rabbi Ellen Bernstein founded the first national Jewish environmental organization, Shomrei Adamah, Keepers of the Earth, in 1988, and has been thinking and writing about the ecological dimensions of the Bible and Judaism ever since. Her books include Ecology & the Jewish SpiritThe Splendor of Creation, and The New Year for the Trees. She is rabbi and spiritual advisor at Hampshire College.   Together, their wise voices and words welcome readers and listeners of all backgrounds. The discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Benjamin Weiner, Jewish Community of Amherst. A portion of book sales at this event will be donated to Kestrel Land Trust.   This event is co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and Spiritual Life at Hampshire. Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated to help us alert you in the event of weather-related cancellation. Click here to register.    

Rooted & Rising: Book Event

December 11, 2019

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church

14 Boltwood Ave.

Amherst, MA 01002


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Margaret will speak about her new book, Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, on the Town Common. Book sales will be handled by Amherst Bookstore.   Rooted and Rising, co-edited by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Leah D. Schade, features 21 essays by a wide range of individuals – scientists, scholars, faith leaders, and activists – who write about their sources of strength, wisdom, and hope as they grapple with the climate crisis. The book includes study questions and spiritual practices, making it an excellent choice not only for individual reflection but also for study groups and classes.

Reverence and Resilience: Spiritual Leadership in a Time of Climate Crisis (Episcopal Church in Colorado)

January 10, 2020 to January 11, 2020

The Center at Cathedral Ridge

1364 CR 75

Woodland Park, CO 80863


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The Episcopal Church in Colorado has named climate change one of four “Realities of Today” — realities we are called to lean into as part of our baptismal covenant.   Margaret will lead an intensive weekend retreat at the beautiful Center at Cathedral Ridge in Woodland, Colorado.   “Reverence and Resilience: Spiritual Leadership in a Time of Climate Crisis” is a weekend intensive for people who care about God and God’s Creation. In the face of ecological crisis, what is God calling faith communities to do and be? What spiritual practices and perspectives sustain us as we struggle to protect the web of life and create a more just society? This weekend intensive — part retreat, part workshop — will explore a “framework for the heart” to help us become compassionate, prophetic communities of faith, equipped to take up the mantle of leadership that this decisive moment in history requires. Our time together will include presentations, guided meditation, space for solitary prayer, and group discussion.   Participants 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 than any of us can do alone. We encourage clergy and lay leaders from congregations to attend together.   Cost: $150 per person + $75 for optional Saturday overnight   To register, visit   

Preaching and worship

February 23, 2020

7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church

2331 East Adams St.

Tucson, AZ 85719


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Margaret will preach at the 7:45 a.m. (Rite II) and 10:00 a.m. (Rite II or an authorized rite) services of Holy Communion at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona.  It is in this church that I have experienced some of the most creative, progressive, and uplifting liturgies I have ever known. 

Please join us, if you are anywhere nearby!

Healing ourselves, healing our planet

April 28, 2020 to April 29, 2020

Miramar Retreat Center

121 Parks St.

Duxbury, MA 02331


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With the New England Women in Ministry Association, Margaret is planning a public talk and a day-long retreat for women in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.   The retreat will be held at Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, MA.   Watch this space for more information!

Chaplain of the Week: “Faith to Save the Earth,” Chautauqua Institution

June 27, 2020 to July 4, 2020

Chautauqua Institution

One Ames Ave.

Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722


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Margaret will serve as Chaplain of the Week for the first week of the summer program of Chautauqua Institution, preaching on Sunday morning, June 27, at 10:45 a.m., speaking at the 5:00 p.m. Sunday night Vespers service, and preaching at the 9:15 a.m. service every weekday morning.   Climate Change: Prioritizing Our Global and Local Response How we talk about climate change is rapidly shifting. But amid the ongoing political debates, how are we — and should we be — responding?   What does prioritizing a response to climate change mean, and how do we collectively determine the overall benefits and costs of such investments? How do we balance proactive work aimed at reversing climate change with strategies for adapting to the realities of its worst effects? We examine case studies of solutions being sought at a global and local scale, from the work of small U.S. towns to foreign countries, and from corporate investments to military strategies.   Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Faith to Save the Earth Climate change is often called a scientific or political issue, but is there an imperative that comes from a position of faith? In this week, we explore what role various faith traditions play in response to the care of the earth and how those different world views might be harnessed to prioritize our global and local response.   For complete information, visit the Chautauqua Institution Website here.   __________________________________________________________________________________________________   Are you new to Chautauqua Institution?  Here is a description:   Chautauqua Institution is the famous and esteemed 145 year old institution located on our lovely Lake Chautauqua in western New York.  It is an ecumenical and interfaith community founded in 1874, whose mission it remains to promote the development of the best in human culture and values through the presentation of programming of excellence during our nine week summer Season in the areas of our four pillars:  Arts, Education, Religion, and Recreation.  It was at Chautauqua that a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to life-long learning was first given shape and meaning in our country, and throughout its illustrious history Chautauqua has drawn together well over twenty million life-long learners to engage in meaningful exchange of ideas on the important issues of the day.  It is at Chautauqua also that nine U.S. presidents have spoken, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, who delivered his "I Hate War" speech from our Amphitheater stage in 1936.  It is at Chautauqua that the most significant voices over the decades have spoken on matters that have shaped our world.  Chautauqua Institution thus offers one of the oldest and most prestigious lecture platforms in American history.  As President James Garfield said when he addressed the Assembly in 1880, "It has been the struggle of the world to get more leisure, but it was left for Chautauqua to show how to use it."  And as the great historian, David McCullough, said, “There is no place like Chautauqua, not anywhere else in the country, or anywhere in the world…”