Convocation Reimagined

Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency

September 24-25, 2020

Welcome to Convocation Reimagined! Convocation grows from roots dating back more than 100 years, but this year, following public health guidance, we moved online. Over the course of two days in September, 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.
Convocation 2020 invited spiritual leaders, faith communities, and change-makers to embrace a transformative response to the current climate crisis. If anything, COVID-19 has revealed even more clearly the ways in which “business as usual” threatens the sustainability of the planet and the health and well-being of all life. This global pandemic and the broader challenges of global climate devastation call for spiritually grounded leaders who adopt an intentional, embodied practice of hope — leaders who dismiss the paths of denial and despair and choose to live in a state of active engagement. This kind of hope is deeper than passive optimism — it is a way of being in the world, rooted in faith, expressed in action, and sustained by contemplative practice.
A gifted line-up of presenters — ecological innovators, spiritual guides, and ministry practitioners — confronted the flawed values of Western culture that prioritize individualism, consumerism, and unrestrained growth, while calling us to just and sustainable practices that protect the common good and honor the sacredness of our planetary home. Incorporating music, the arts, and contemplative practice, Convocation Reimagined led participants to a deeper, more spiritually grounded engagement with God’s Creation.

Registration and Event Overview

Registration has closed for this event. 
Note that in lieu of a conference packet, all registrants were mailed a BTS Box filled with supplies and surprises to enrich the Convocation experience.

The Convocation Reimagined agenda was intended to offer participants opportunities for respite, learning and community - balancing time spent online and offline, and offering both direction and choice.

Convocation 2020 Presenters and Mini-Retreat Leaders

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Convocation is an annual gathering sponsored by The BTS Center, the missional successor to the former Bangor Theological Seminary.  With roots dating back to 1814, The BTS Center exists today to catalyze spiritual imagination with enduring wisdom for transformative faith leadership.

This event is offered in partnership with the Maine Council of Churches, the Maine Conference United Church of Christ, and Renewal in the Wilderness.

View more information about past convocations:

Convocation 2019

Convocation 2018

Convocation 2017

Convocation 2016

Convocation 2015