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.
3/9/20 - 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.
1/23/20 - We are pleased to welcome Nicole Diroff and Ben Yosua-Davis to The BTS Center Team. Serving in the roles of Program Coordinator and Program Advisor, respectively, Nicole and Ben are working with our Executive Director, Allen Ewing-Merrill, to help design and coordinate Convocation 2020, as well as to envision and plan for future programming. We look forward to sharing more details soon!
1/23/20 - We are pleased to partner with Ben Yosua-Davis, Host of the podcast "Reports From the Spiritual Frontier" as a Sponsor for their 2020 season. Now in its fifth season, Reports provides an in-depth look at the day to day lives of innovative spiritual practitioners, as they cultivate new forms of community on the religious margins of our country.
11/18/19 - As we shared in the November issue of Bearings, Elizabeth Drescher, friend and consulting scholar with The BTS Center from its earliest days, has recently put down her editor’s pen, wrapping up this project which has been her labor of love for the past five-plus years. We can’t let this moment pass without offering words of deep gratitude and praise for her skillful and spirited work as the primary steward of this publication, month after month, season after season.
4/29/19 - The BTS Center Board of Trustees announces the selection of The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill as its new Executive Director, following a national search. He will begin his work with the Center on July 1, succeeding The Rev. Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood who will retire at the end of June.
11/13/18 — The Board of Trustees of The BTS Center announces the retirement of our Executive Director, The Reverend Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood, effective June 2019, which will conclude eight years of leading Bangor Seminary and its transition to The BTS Center. The Board will more fully celebrate Bob’s leadership closer to his retirement date. For now, we are extremely grateful to him for his dedication to and passion for the work of The BTS Center.
10/29/18 — After four years on the staff of The BTS Center as Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Pamela Shellberg is leaving at the end of November for a new position in Madison, Wisconsin. Pam is looking ahead to being the Director of Life-Long Faith Formation at Bethel Lutheran Church – as well as looking forward to a return to Madison which was her home in the 1980s and 90s.
The Center has entered into a strategic partnership with ARC – Arts|Religion|Culture, to explore the mutual benefits of a strategic partnership in which both organizations, as ARC Executive Director Callid Keefe-Perry expresses it, “are grappling with the same question: How does a 20th-century institution reinvent itself for the 21st-century?”