Today is Earth Day, and along with millions of people around the world, I am praying for our blue-green planet, our common home. As part of Amherst Cinema’s “Science on Screen” film series, I recently gave a short talk before the screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film, Before The Flood. I and the other guest speaker, Professor Scott Jackson of Kestrel Land Trust, were asked to speak briefly about the roles that land conservation, faith communities, and individual action can play in fighting ...
"You gotta be there. I mean, you really gotta be there." —Rev. Nancy Taylor
"In the forming of a new conference in New England there is a chance to actually live the theology we stand for." — Kaeley McEvoy
"Achieving oneness is not as simple as it sounds..." — Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton
Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2, 2017, delivered by the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas at The Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA. John 11:1-45 What a blessing it is to be here this morning and to join your Lenten exploration of “Fierce Love”! Thank you, Rob (Rev. Robert J. Mark), for inviting me to preach, and thank you for your steadfast witness to God’s love for the Earth and for all its communities, human and other-than-human. I was arrested with you last spring at an interfaith ...
Although megachurches garner a great deal of attention, these supersized congregations comprise only a small fraction of all worshiping communities in the U.S. The current estimate is that only about 1,650 megachurches (worship attendance exceeds 2,000) dot the landscape out of a total 330,000 congregations across America. In fact, most churches are small: two out of three Protestant churches attract less than 100 worshipers in a typical week
Preserving God’s creation is perhaps the greatest theological madate of our time. As climate change worsens – as creation offers chaos in place of continuity - injustice in all its forms is multiplied. Together with our interfaith partners – as people of faith – as the church -- this is our calling. It is neither partisan nor political. The earth is our home. Our responsibility is at the center of our covenant with God. Two opportunities to witness will soon be upon us: Earth Day and ...
In 2012, I spent the month of June working with an organization called No Mas Muertes, No More Deaths. This ministry of the Unitarian Church of Tucson operates humanitarian aid stations in the desert between Nogales and Phoenix. By the time I arrived that summer 128 people had already died in this region, Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, trying to make the crossing into the United States.
This past Saturday over 700 people came together at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham. We worshiped together, sang together, learned together, shared conversations over lunch, visited with vendors. We were challenged, provoked and inspired by Brian McLaren’s message and 52 other workshops. Those who attended this Super Saturday may not have realized something different was going on behind the scenes. To them I say: Connecticut and Massachusetts Conference staff working the ...
"Like the early American colonists, together we can do amazing things." - John Hargrave