Convocation 2020

Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency

In light of the ongoing concerns about in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to move Convocation to an online event for everyone's well-being and safety. We are grateful for your patience and flexibility as we modify our plans. We will update this page with additional information as the details come together, so please check back. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our Office Manager, Kay Ahmed at


This year’s Convocation will invite faith leaders and faith communities to be part of a transformative response to the current climate crisis. These times require spiritually grounded leaders who embrace an active, embodied practice of hope — leaders who dismiss the paths of denial and despair and choose to live in a state of engagement. This kind of hope is different from passive optimism — it is a way of being in the world, rooted in faith, expressed in action, and sustained by contemplative practice.

Presenters will confront 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. The gathering will incorporate worship, music, poetry, and contemplative practices, all designed to lead participants to a deeper, more spiritually grounded engagement with God’s Creation.

Click here to learn more about the theme of Convocation 2020.

Event Overview and Registration

Featuring an interview, short talks by a panel of eco-innovators, contemplative mini-retreats, and generative small group conversations. Registration is required by September 14, 2020. 

Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 2020

A limited number of half-scholarships are available.  Please contact Program Coordinator, Rev. Nicole Diroff at with your scholarship request.

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