Creation Care Network E-news
October 2022
Message from Margaret...
Dear friends,

It’s been a joy to learn that many congregations marked Season of Creation this year with special sermons, prayers, and activities. Trinity Church, Milford, sponsored a series of ecumenical and parish-wide events. St. Stephen’s, Pittsfield, displayed the season’s message on a banner outside the church. A number of churches worshipped outdoors and many churches tried out new Creation-centered prayers. And that’s just a glimpse. Thank you, everyone!
Banner outside St. Stephen's, Pittsfield, MA. Photo: submitted
Breaking news! As we round out Creation Season, I’m happy to announce that our two dioceses in MA will fund a short-term project manager/webmaster to shepherd "An Episcopal Path to Creation Justice," starting today, October 1. Please join us in welcoming the Rev. John Elliott Lein, a priest in the Diocese of Western MA, as our new Project Manager. You’ll hear more about “An Episcopal Path to Creation Justice” in the weeks ahead, but – in a nutshell – it’s a four-level program to help congregations amplify and accelerate their response to the climate emergency. We can’t wait to launch it! We’ll hold our next online planning meetings on Oct. 5 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. If you’d like to join us, please email
Banner outside Trinity Church, Milford, MA. Photo: submitted
• The Spiritual Resilience Working Group - October 6 Circle
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Online (free)
Sponsored by Spiritual Resilience, a working group of the Creation Care Task Force, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, these monthly Circles provide safe space for the acknowledgement of feelings by both clergy and laity about the climate crisis -- and ways to find support and hope. You are invited to come for an hour led by the Rev. Mary Kay Brown, as participants talk, pray, and look forward to the future together. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at the same Zoom link. Check the calendar for updates.
Sunday, October 16
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | First Unitarian Church of Worcester (90 Main Street), & online
  • 2 pm: Please join me at a celebratory multi-faith service, with prayer, song, and reflection from diverse faith traditions. Sermon by Rev. Vernon K. Walker, Executive Director of CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather)
  • 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.: Choose from workshops to help you build skills and engagement for climate action and resilience.

Download a flyer here. Click here to register. The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is one of the many sponsors of this special event. Please join me in person or attend online.
What makes a sermon about climate change “pastoral” or “prophetic”? How should preachers address climate grief? Why should we preach about voting, and what’s the difference between partisan and political activity? We addressed these and other questions in a climate preaching webinar on September 15, 2022, co-sponsored by the two Episcopal dioceses in Massachusetts and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ. Links to the text and video are here.

• Join us for ecoAmerica’s Webcast Series: LET’S TALK CLIMATE
In the series, “Let’s Talk Climate,” ecoAmerica hosts fast-paced discussions with leaders in climate change on a wide range of topics. In the latest episode, Season of Creation, I discuss the history and meaning of the season, the many resources available, and how clergy and lay leaders can get involved. My remarks end with a shoutout to GreenFaith’s upcoming campaign, Faiths4ClimateJustice (Oct. 2-Nov. 6). Watch the full recording here.
#LetsTalkClimate #ClimateLeaders #ClimateSolutions #SeasonOfCreation #SOC2022
Thursday & Friday, October 6 - 7 |Online ($50, with discount available if 3 or more people register together)
In my humble opinion, everything offered by the BTS Center is first-rate. Their annual Convocation is not to be missed. Its focus this year: “As we hear daily news of traumatic change, suffering, and crisis, we long for a world that holds justice and peace for all people and all beings. But how do we co-create such a world – one in which thriving is the right of all? …Inspired by a group of thoughtful presenters, artists, and leaders, we’ll explore what it means to nourish our imaginations toward a world of joyful possibility and embodied hope, while also holding space for the difficult realities we are facing.” 

Learn more here about the program and presenters, which include activist theologian Ched Meyers; author, and creator of Black Liturgies Cole Arthur Riley; activist, author, cofounder of Transition Network, Rob Hopkins; preacher, teacher, scholar Veronice Miles, and more. Get ready to hear inspired preaching, compelling keynotes, and enlivening music. Register here. I hope to see you there!
Five Tuesdays, October 18 - November 15
5:00 - 6:15 p.m. • Online ($35, scholarships available)
In The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People and Planet, author Leah Thomas explores the ways in which climate change affects different groups disproportionately and offers ideas and actions toward a more inclusive vision of ecological justice. The BTS Center is sponsoring a book study to delve into the important questions, challenges, and opportunities of an intersectional ecological lens. To inquire about scholarships, please contact
Thursday, October 20
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Across our country and around the world, communities of color are impacted first and worst by pollution and climate-driven disasters and are among the strongest advocates for change. Environmental Justice is the intersection of Creation Justice and Racial Justice. Learn how your faith community can stand with them.
Please join me as we hear a panel of leaders on the front lines of environmental justice, featuring: 

Dr. Robert Bullard, "The Father of Environmental Justice,” Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University, author of 18 books, and co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium;

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Founding Pastor of New Roots AME church in Boston, and nationally recognized environmental justice advocate;

Rev. Dr. Deborah Conrad, formerly Pastor of People's Church in Flint, MI (ABC/Alliance), during the lead poisoning crisis; currently Pastor to Parkview Church, United Church of Christ, Aurora, CO;

Rev. Betsy Sowers (Moderator), Co-chair of the Alliance of Baptists Creation Justice Community, and Minister for Earth Justice at Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Cambridge, MA.
November 2022 - November 2023
Third Thursdays, once a month, 1:00 - 2:15 pm • Online (variable fees)
The BTS Center has partnered with Creation Justice Ministries to offer a year-long cohort intended to support, educate, and engage preachers as they integrate climate consciousness into their preaching. This cohort will offer monthly meetings to help preachers understand climate change and other environmental justice issues more deeply as spiritual crises that requires creative, faith-rooted action. Facilitated by Rev. Nicole Diroff of The BTS Center and Avery Davis Lamb of Creation Justice Ministries, with collaborators Rev. Dr. Leah Schade and Dr. Rebecca Kneale Gould, this cohort will offer an expansive opportunity for connection, creativity, and grounded responses to climate change through the art of preaching. Visit here for more information and to register.

Our friends in the Diocese of Southern Ohio have created “Good News to All Creation,” a set of devotionals designed to help vestries begin their meetings with a brief time of reflection and prayer. Now available for download, it was developed by the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Creation Care and Environmental Task Force in partnership with the newly formed Center for Deep Green Faith (Sewanee, TN). The devotionals begin in September with the Season of Creation and follow the liturgical seasons from Advent through Easter. 
October 5
Who knew? There’s a day named “Energy Efficiency Day”! The website gives 10 ways to reduce energy waste at home and at work. Seems like a perfect way to extend Creation Season right after we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi on October 4.
Second Thursdays of the month
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Online (free)
This free program, endorsed by The Episcopal Church and many other denominations, identifies actions we can take right now, at church and at home. The Fall Program has just begun – the next session, on October 13, will focus on “Eating: Theology of Food.” Future sessions will cover living simply, reframing water and energy, planting gardens, regenerating soil, and more. If you miss a monthly meeting, you can hear a recording. For more information and to register, click here.
Organized by GreenFaith, communities of faith around the world will hold climate justice rallies, prayer vigils, sit-ins, and processions between October 2 and November 6, the eve of the next U.N. climate summit. Please join or organize an event in your own community and be sure to register it so that it can be counted among the hundreds of events that will be held worldwide. The Faiths4ClimateJustice website provides everything you need to organize an event, including an action guide to download.

I am helping to organize and lead two Multifaith Prayer Vigils for Climate Justice. In these prayer vigils organized and led by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women religious leaders in the Connecticut River Valley, people of many faiths will gather in front of Bank of America to pray, sing, and speak for climate justice and to demand an end to fossil fuel financing.

Please join one of our vigils, consider bringing a church banner or a homemade sign, and help us bring our faith into the streets and urge Bank of America to quit funding fossil fuel projects. Bishop Doug Fisher will offer a closing prayer at the Northampton event.       

As of this writing, you can also RSVP to other Faiths4ClimateJustice events organized by congregations in Episcopal Diocese of Western MA.  St. David’s, Agawam, registered its special weekly Prayers of the People. At 11:00 a.m. on October 23, St. John’s, Ashfield, will partner with First Congregational, UCC for Ashfield Churches Together: Ecumenical Prayer for the Earth, held on the Town Common. I hope to see you there!

Do you or your congregation want to create your own Faiths4ClimateJustice event? Register it here. Let’s make our voices heard and our witness known! If I can answer questions or offer support, please be in touch (

In the meantime, I wish you a joyful and meaningful Feast Day of St. Francis on October 4.

(The Rev. Dr.) Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Missioner for Creation Care (Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. & Southern New England Conference, UCC)

Creation Care Advisor (Episcopal Diocese of Mass.)
Fringed Gentian. Photo: Robert A. Jonas
Opportunities for engagement
Multifaith Prayer Vigils for Climate Justice

Please join one of our vigils, consider bringing a church banner or a homemade sign, and help us bring our faith into the streets and urge Bank of America to quit funding fossil fuel projects. Bishop Doug Fisher will offer a closing prayer at the Northampton event.  

Interfaith Resources
Environmental Justice Is Racial Justice

Oct 20, 1:30pm ET, Online - Environmental Justice is the intersection of Creation Justice and Racial Justice. Learn how your faith community can stand with them. Join a panel of leaders on the front lines of environmental justice featur...

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Deep Green Faith

Grounded in both theology and contemplative practice, the Center cultivates the growth of deeper green faith for individuals and their faith communities.  Our offerings blend eco-theology with eco-spirituality, combining biblical studies and...

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