Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus

In this time of social distancing, fear, and great uncertainty, faith communities are more important than ever, but let's be honest: this current Coronavirus crisis stresses and stretches faith leaders in unique ways. The BTS Center is teaming up with the podcast Reports from the Spiritual Frontier to release a podcast series, some online meet-ups, and other resources to support and equip faith leaders for this particular moment. Read more...

Registration is live for Convocation 2020!

For over a century, Convocation has provided opportunities for faith leaders — clergy and laity — to gather for education, inspiration, and connection. We're excited about this year's Convocation, coming up September 24-25 in Hallowell, Maine. Exploring the theme "Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency," this year’s Convocation will invite faith leaders and faith communities to be part of a transformative response to the current climate crisis. Read more...

Who we are

The BTS Center is a think tank and incubator for 21st-century ministry. We create and support educational events, projects, and research inquiries in the fields of religion, spirituality, practical theology, and ministry.

We are a non-profit charitable organization in Maine, carrying on the historic, chartered mission of Bangor Theological Seminary (est. 1814). We seek to be generous stewards of our legacy, re-framing our purpose of preparing faith leaders for ministry in a 21st-century, digitally-integrated, multi-faith world.

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What we do

  • We convene generative gatherings. 
  • We create and curate fresh thinking.
  • We fund selected projects as an active partner, investing in faith leaders and organizations prepared to apply innovative thinking to equip and support creative leadership for both familiar and emerging forms of ministry, and religious/spirituality-based leadership that resists traditional labels and forms. 
  • We collaborate with others who share our vision and values.

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Why we do it

There is a great need for innovative vocational development for faith leaders in a world evolving right before our eyes, in ways not always welcome and at a breathtaking pace.

We believe The BTS Center is uniquely positioned and equipped to be a progressive spiritual, intellectual, and practical partner with others to encourage, support, and empower individuals and their communities as agents of change who embody God's mercy, reconciliation, and justice for all people and all of creation.

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“Even in the first generation, your pioneering founders wanted to do it differently. These people looked for something new and distinctive to do in the field of theological education.”

— Robert Wood Lynn


Announcements

  • An Update on Convocation 2020: We are aware of the news and concerns around COVID-19, and know that many people are hesitant to make commitments during this time.  We want to assure you that we are committed to reimbursing Convocation registration fees should the decision be made to cancel / postpone the event, or should you find it unsafe to attend. Read more…
  • Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus. The BTS Center is teaming up with the podcast Reports from the Spiritual Frontier to release a podcast series, some online meet-ups, and other resources to support and equip faith leaders for this particular moment. Read more…
  • Registration is now live for Convocation 2020 – Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era Ecological Emergency. Click here to learn more or register.

Twitter

The December issue of Bearings, the online magazine of The BTS Center, is our last. With this issue, we celebrate, we give thanks, we bid farewell, and we embrace the spiritual practice of letting go. #bearings #celebrate #farewell
https://www.thebtscenter.org/bearings/issue/december-2019/

Here's the November issue of Bearings, the online magazine of The BTS Center, focusing on the theme of Brave Change. This month, our contributors explore the role of uncertainty, risk, discovery, and faith in moving life in new and unexpected directions.

https://www.thebtscenter.org/bearings/issue/november-2019/

Invitation to participate in a Book Study Group focusing on @JimAntal's #Climate #Church, Climate World: How People of #Faith Must Work for #Change. In-person group for people who live in #PortlandME and online group for anyone anywhere. Three sessions.
https://www.thebtscenter.org/book-study-group/