Convocation 2019

BRAVE CHANGE: COURAGEOUS CHURCHES

Saturday, April 6, 2019 
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine
 
A collaboration of the Maine Conference UCCthe Maine Council of Churches, and The BTS Center
“God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
 
"Brave Change: Courageous Churches" was a one-day gathering for those who want to bravely lead change in their church with prayer and planning. 
 
We talked about grief, hope, and the reality that discerning a way forward often means needing to let go of some things that are holding us back. We heard from some exciting bright spots of change, thought about the ways in which our context needs to shift, and began to consider concrete steps for what might come next.

Overview of Convocation 2019

Please note: Video recordings of the morning and afternoon presentations, including Pecha Kuchas shared by several communities negotiating significant change, are available at https://vimeo.com/album/5963044. You may also access handouts for the morning session and afternoon sessions by clicking the links below.

Change & Human Systems Visual PDF
from morning session 

Obstacles to Brave Change PDF
from afternoon session

We hope that these recordings and documents will be useful for generating fresh (or re-freshed) thinking about change in your ministry setting. Please feel free to share them in your ministry context, or with colleagues who may benefit from viewing them.


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.


Announcements

  •  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. Read more …
  • With great joy, we are announcing the 15 recipients of Brave Change Planning Mini-Grants. Each of these $500 grants will help a community of faith or a faith-based organization to plan for a larger project, initiative, or transformation. We are excited about the array of projects, and we are grateful to partner with these faith communities and organizations by providing just a little bit of funding that may help to support and encourage their brave steps forward. Click here to view a brief description of the projects we are funding.
  • 4/29/19 — The BTS Center Board of Trustees announces the selection of The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill as our 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. Read more …

Twitter

The December issue of Bearings, the online magazine of The BTS Center, is our last. With this issue, we celebrate, we give thanks, we bid farewell, and we embrace the spiritual practice of letting go. #bearings #celebrate #farewell
https://t.co/aebf1vDhQ0

Here's the November issue of Bearings, the online magazine of The BTS Center, focusing on the theme of Brave Change. This month, our contributors explore the role of uncertainty, risk, discovery, and faith in moving life in new and unexpected directions.

https://t.co/BISp6xgKOV

Invitation to participate in a Book Study Group focusing on @JimAntal's #Climate #Church, Climate World: How People of #Faith Must Work for #Change. In-person group for people who live in #PortlandME and online group for anyone anywhere. Three sessions.
https://t.co/tHGQEVLZXI