The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Location Amphitheater

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The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas is an Episcopal priest, author, retreat leader, and climate activist.  Her new book, Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, is an anthology of essays co-edited with Leah Schade. She serves as Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ.

A graduate of Stanford (BA, Russian Literature, 1974), Harvard (PhD., Comparative Literature, 1984), and Episcopal Divinity School (M.Div., Pastoral Theology, 1988), she was a parish priest for 25 years. She has been a lead organizer of many Christian and interfaith events about care for Earth, and she leads spiritual retreats in the U.S.A. and Canada on spiritual resilience and resistance in the midst of the climate crisis.  

One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, Margaret was arrested in 2001 with 21 other religious activists outside the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. Since then she has participated in other interfaith acts of civil disobedience to stop construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Her earlier books include Joy of Heaven, to Earth Come Down; Christ’s Passion, Our Passions; and Holy Hunger: A Woman’s Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment. Her Website,, includes blog posts, sermons, and articles. She lives with her husband in Northampton.