Announcement from the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher
Honoring the Leadership of the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
An Invitation to All the Faithful of Our Diocese
June 30, 2024

Friends,

Many of you know that Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, our Missioner for Creation Care, will begin her retirement on July 1st. While this is her last day in that prophetic role, the work she has begun in our hearts and in our congregations will have lasting effect.

Margaret was the first Missioner for Creation Care in our diocese and, perhaps, in The Episcopal Church. Her vision to make the voice of faith front and center in the battle to stem climate change was clearly the work of the Spirit. With ecumenical and interfaith partners, Margaret has inspired and mobilized. Her love for the Creator and the creation is manifest in what she wrote, what she preached and in peaceful public actions that shed light on the impact of fossil fuels. Well-known internationally, Margaret has been generous with her wisdom, attending global gatherings that connect spirituality and theology with creation care.

In our diocese, and in partnership with Episcopal, UCC and Methodist leaders across the Commonwealth, the work of faith-based climate justice has flourished. Clergy have been encouraged and equipped to preach on the immediacy of the crisis. Congregations have formed "Green Teams," and honored the earth annually with a Season of Creation since 2015. In prayer, preaching, writing and calls to action, Margaret has formed us to work tirelessly to protect and reverence God's creation. We have been changed, activated and inspired.
It is with all this in mind that I invite you to celebrate the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas. We will gather at Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst for a luncheon in Margaret's honor on Friday, November 8th from 12 noon to 2:00pm.
I asked Margaret how we might honor her decade of ministry and she asked that we create a funding stream for An Episcopal Path to Climate Justice - the innovative guide to congregational leadership and creation care in this time of crisis.
We often wonder what difference one person can make. Margaret's ministry is a sign for us that we each have a role to play in the coming of God's reign. We need only say, "yes."
Faithfully in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher
Bishop of Western MA
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