Convocation Reimagined
Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency

 
Convocation Reimagined — the 2020 edition of The BTS Center's annual Convocation, for the first time ever in digital space, was on September 24-25.

Our theme this year was an important and timely one: "Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency." We gathered for online sessions, and logged off for some intentional, self-guided, offline sessions, returning to digital space for continued learning and reflection. This blend of online and offline experiences, weaved together to facilitate learning, nurture respite, and deepen community.

Summer Arts Series

During July and August, we invited everyone to join us for three delightful and meaningful online gatherings that drew upon various forms of artistic expression to expand our spiritual imagination as we envision an earth-honoring future.

Learn more about the Summer Arts Series.

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. Learn 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

  • Registration is now live for Convocation Reimagined! We look forward to two days together, blending online and offline experiences, which will weave together to facilitate learning, nurture respite, and deepen community. Register today! 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…

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/