Contributor: Robert Grove-Markwood

The Reverend Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood is the Executive Director of The BTS Center. Previously he was the final president of Bangor Theological Seminary during its historic closure and re-invention. Bob also served as the pastor of the Presque Isle UCC in northern Maine for 25 years. Connect with Bob on Twitter @rgrovemarkwood.

Border Crossings: Barriers or Points of Access?

From 1988 to 2012, I served as the pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in the small city of Presque Isle, which is located in Aroostook County in northern Maine—just a few miles from the Canadian border. In the spring of 2001, I had been a member of the local Rotary Club for over a dozen years, and I was about to begin a term as club president. So... Read more

Putting a Comma at the End of a Bearings Year of Calling Out the Beautiful, the Bodacious, and the B*llsh*t

Gertrude and Lloyd were members of a church I served for 25 years. They were both in their 80s, and though they made it to Sunday worship once in a while, they were part of that catch-all category of “shut-ins” who received pastoral visits from time to time. During one of those afternoon visits, Gertrude was very generous in thanking me for my visits and, to my... Read more

Here’s to a Second Year

Ushering in a New Season of Navigation for Bearings

As I anticipate the kickoff of the second season of Bearings: Navigating Life-As-Ministry, I want to thank the award-winning blog’s co-editors, Elizabeth Drescher and Alyssa Lodewick, for their work on convening the diverse community of voices that contributed to a successful inaugural year. I am also deeply grateful to all of our bloggers, who offered such insightful... Read more