Announcement from the Communications Office
Rooted and rising in love: A summer solstice retreat
In-Person with the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Tuesday, June 21 • $80 (includes lunch) financial assistance available
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(registration and coffee begin at 9:00; program starts at 9:30 a.m.) 
Led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

As we celebrate the beginning of summer and the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day of the year, let’s reflect together on our sources of courage and hope. In the face of converging social and ecological crises, what spiritual practices and perspectives can sustain us? As we struggle to protect the web of life and to create a more just society, where do we turn for meaning and strength?
This one-day retreat, held in the beautiful landscape of the Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center in North Andover, will include a mix of presentations, small group conversations, individual reflection, and free time for contemplative wandering and prayer. Together 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. 

During the pandemic, Rev. Margaret presented this retreat online in several venues. Even if you’ve reflected on this material before, our June retreat will give us a chance to absorb the same material in each other’s embodied presence and in the company of a lake, woods, hiking trails, and an outdoor labyrinth and chapel.  
Retreatants are welcome to stay overnight for an extra charge, by making arrangements with Guest Services Director, Lee O'Brien (

To request financial assistance from Diocese of Western MA, contact Kim Foster ( 

Registration is open until June 10. 
The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas serves as Missioner for Creation Care (Diocese of Western Massachusetts & Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ) and as Creation Care Advisor (Diocese of Massachusetts). Website:
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