Convocation 2019


A collaboration of the Maine Conference UCC, the Maine Council of Churches, and The BTS Center


Brave Change: Courageous Churches is a one-day gathering for those who want to bravely lead change in their church with prayerful planning. Whether it is grappling with helping our communities make sense of the large-scale reality of shifts in the global climate, the challenges of the opioid epidemic, or navigating the everyday ups and downs of contemporary congregational life, as leaders in ministry we intimately know that we are serving in moments of powerful, disruptive transformation.

When we do not know how to best proceed, uncertainty can make us fearful. Sometimes we feel stuck and unsure of ourselves. And yet, we also remember Paul’s words to Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

We will spend the morning working with a model that can (1) help us to more clearly see and name moments of transition that require bravery and discernment and (2) learn what our own tendencies are in situations of change and transformation. We will talk about grief, hope, and the reality that discerning a way forward often means needing to let go of some things that are holding you back. 

In the afternoon, we’ll hear from some exciting bright spots of change, think about the ways in which our context needs to shift, and begin to consider concrete steps for what might come next. This day will inspire, encourage and enable you and your community to build upon the insights, faith and wisdom you’ll hear from the stories of your neighboring brave and courageous churches.  There will be time to productively reflect and plan for your own context.


By the time the day is done participants will consider:

  • How to lead with the courage to take the risks you know you need to take.
  • How to begin to make plans that lead to change in your organization.
  • Tools, resources, and models that can help you with that transformation.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: Registration opens at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast; our gathering begins at 9:00 am, and ends at 5:00 pm.

Location: Harraseeket Inn, 162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032 - View on Google Maps  


Registration Fee:   

  • $70.00 early registration; $80.00 after March 15, 2019.
  • $35.00 student registration (includes seminary & non-degree lay schools).

The Convocation registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and beverages through out the day. You will be asked to note any dietary needs or restrictions during registration. Parking is complimentary at the Harraseeket Inn.

The registration fee also covers future access to digital recordings of presentations, and other resources, which will be made available after the event.

To register: click on the button below and complete the registration form online. If you have questions or need assistance please contact us via phone 207-774-5212 or email

Scholarship aid is available. To apply for a 50% discounted, or fully waived registration fee, please print and complete the scholarship aid form before registering, then scan and return it via email to If approved, a discount code will be sent to you for use in registering.

Live Stream Access: FREE

For those unable to attend in person, we will live stream several key presentations during the event - including PechaKuchas by several "brave churches" - and record for future access. We will make downloadable documents available for guided reflection and exercises used by on-site participants. 

To register: click on the button below and complete the very simple registration form online. We will send you instructions on how to access the live streaming separately.

Lodging options

If you are traveling from a distance and wish to stay overnight, there are plenty of hotel options in the Freeport area.  

Convocation 2019 attendees are eligible for a discounted rate of $150/night at the Harraseeket Inn*. If you would like to stay at the event venue, rooms are available at this discounted rate until fully booked, so call early to guarantee your room. Call the hotel directly at 207-865-9377 and mention that you are part of The BTS Center's group.

For a listing of additional options for lodging in Freeport with different price ranges, please click here.

*Harraseeket Inn have a 72 hour cancellation policy. Your card will be charged at the time of booking. However, if at least three days notice of cancellation is given you will receive a full refund. For more information please contact the hotel directly at 207-865-9377.

Meet Our Facilitators

Callid Keefe-Perry

Rev. Jenn Macy

Callid Keefe-Perry is a traveling minister within The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). He is an organizational consultant, retreat leader, and teacher of discernment deeply influenced by both Quakerism and Ignatian spirituality. He is the author of Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer, numerous articles on trauma-informed care in religious life, and was the co-founder of a community theater in Rochester, NY.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of ARC: Arts | Religion | Culture, an organization committed to supporting individuals and organizations whose work is at the intersection of spiritual and creative practices, especially as those practices are done for community-building and work towards justice. Academically, he work at the intersection of public theology and education. Organizationally, he focuses on helping groups clarify their goals and make sure that their commitments to justice and equity become more than just aspirations and good intentions.

Rev. Jenn Macy is a member and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. She has served as an urban community minister, small church solo pastor, and in a new church start. Currently, Jenn serves as a consultant for Christian Education and Safe Church policy and is the vice-moderator of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. In addition to church ministry, Jenn is also a foster parent and works for justice alongside those who have experienced foster care. 

Thank you to our Partners!

Thank you to our organizational partners for their role in planning and implementing Convocation 2019 -- Brave Change: Courageous Churches. And thank you to the planning team: Deborah Blood, Jane Field, AbbyLynn Haskell, Annette Mott, Jeff MacDonald, Pam Shellberg, Kay Ahmed, Jenn Macy, Callid Keefe-Perry, and Bob Grove-Markwood.