The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
09:15am EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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Matthew 3:13-17  (NRSV)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

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.