Sister Miriam MacGillis
Miriam Therese MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she cofounded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation.
Miriam received her Masters in Art from the University of Notre Dame and has taught art at the high school and college levels. In 1973, she became coordinator of Peace and Justice Education for the Newark Archdiocese. In 1976 she joined the staff of Global Education Associates as program coordinator and art editor of their publication, “The Whole Earth Papers”.
Miriam describes Genesis Farm as a learning center where people of good will are welcome to search for more authentic ways to live in harmony with the natural world and each other. The farm practices Biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of Earth. It was one of the early pioneers in converting to Community-Supported Agriculture, (CSA), a movement which has expanded across the country. Presently, nearly 300 families from the region are shareholders in its economic base. Miriam also coordinates programs exploring the work of author and geologian, Thomas Berry, as he has interpreted the New Cosmology. An Earth Literacy program at Genesis Farm offers accreditation for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Miriam lectures extensively, and has conducted workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
In 2005, Miriam was presented with the Thomas Berry Award by the Center for Respect for Life and the Environment, and in 2007 was named among the planet’s top 15 green religious leaders by Grist magazine.