2017 Innovation Incubator Awards Announced


The BTS Center’s Innovation Incubator Awards $70,000 to Support Transformative Projects in Religion, Spirituality, Practical Theology, and Ministry

Portland, Maine. May 25, 2017. The BTS Center has announced that it will offer Innovation Incubator Awards totaling $70,000 to five projects between July 2017 and June 2018.

The Center’s Innovation Incubator, which was launched in 2016, seeks to create, promote, and disseminate new practices, knowledge, and scholarship that can help individuals and organizations generate positive transformation in the fields of religion, spirituality, practical theology, and ministry. Funding priority is given to initiatives that focus upon New England and/or support collaborative inquiry.

During its 2017 – 2018 funding cycle, the Innovation Incubator will support the following projects and investigators:

  • “Come, Sit Down, and Hear Us Out” (Linda Gard)
  • “Young Adult Seekers Explore Faith and Activism” (Maria Anderson-Lippert and Kit Wang)
  • “Rescuing Jesus Podcast” (Deborah Jian Lee and Erin James-Brown)
  • “Training Interfaith Artists to be Grassroots Activists” (Callid Keefe-Perry and Erik W. Martinez)
  • “Call to Sanctuary” (Kim Erno)

Additional information about the projects and investigators is available on the 2017 Innovation Incubator Awards webpage.

More information about the Innovation Incubator and application process is available on the Innovation Incubator webpage.


The BTS Center is the mission successor to Bangor Theological Seminary and a related ministry of the United Church of Christ. Through thought leadership and vocational development initiatives in the fields of religion, spirituality, practical theology, and ministry, The BTS Center seeks to equip and support theologically grounded, effective leadership in 21st-century communities of faith and practice. http://www.thebtscenter.org.