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In the Earth, In My Body - Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas’ relationship with Earth Ministry started with a chance meeting with Carla Pryne in 1998 on the steps of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington. But Margaret’s passion for creation care started with her personal experience of having an eating disorder.

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas’ relationship with Earth Ministry started with a chance meeting with Carla Pryne in 1998 on the steps of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.  They had much in common: both Episcopal priests, both pregnant, and both with a passion for creation care.  But Margaret’s passion for creation care started with her personal experience of having an eating disorder.  “As I worked to restore my relationship with my body in 1982, I rediscovered God.  This experience led me to long for peace with the “body” of the Earth…God is in the Earth as much as in my body,” said Margaret. 

Today, Margaret is a priest associate at Grace Church in Amherst, Mass.  She is also on the leadership council of  the Religious Witness for the Earth and the steering committee of the Genesis Covenant, a faith-based response to climate change.  Though she lives in Massachusetts, Margaret continues to financially support the work of Earth Ministry.  “Even though I don’t get the benefits of local, hands-on work, it’s good to know that Earth Ministry is doing that work…and acting as a model for other regions.  Earth Ministry is a pioneer in giving a moral voice to caring for the earth.” 

During April, Margaret was in Seattle for the Healing Our Planet Earth (HOPE) conference.  When asked what excites her about the Genesis Covenant, she responded, “Many people are looking for these kinds of answers.  We don’t know if we’ll be successful, if we’ll be able to act quickly enough.  But we can live a life of hope - a faithful life, a Christ-like life.  People can respond by saying, ‘I’m going to do something today, something as simple as starting a compost bin or changing a light bulb.’”

Thank you, Margaret, for your dedication to caring for God’s creation.

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