Climate Changed

A Podcast from The BTS Center

The BTS Center's new podcast, Climate Changed offers intimate interviews and conversations around some of the most pressing questions about faith, life, and climate change. Hosted by Ben Yosua-Davis, Director of Applied Research, and Nicole Diroff, Program Director, and produced by Peterson Toscano, the podcast features acclaimed guests such as Corina Newsome, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, poet Criag Santos Perez, and many more, all exploring what spiritual leadership looks and feels like in a climate-changed world. New episodes will premier monthly. You can click here to find Climate Changed on your favorite listening platformsubscribe now so you can listen to new episodes as soon as they are available!

 

Summer Arts Series 2022

Listening to the World’s Edge

Exploring the tides of climate change through music, art, and the call to adapt

$20 for the concert (July 28), including an invitation to the pre-concert panel conversation
$10 for the online panel conversation only (July 26)

During this two-part Summer Arts Series hosted by The BTS Center, we will engage the music of the Halcyon String Quartet and the artwork of Jill Pelto to surface questions — and ultimately our own embodied responses — about what it means to live an adaptable life in a climate-changed world.

Join us as we engage with art as a companion in exploring the edgy places. As a result, may our imaginations swell and our commitments buoy the future of our world.

Everyone who registers for the concert will automatically receive access to the online Pre-Concert Panel Discussion. For those who are not local, registration for the online Pre-Concert Panel Discussion only is also available.

 

Report to the Community 2022

With gratitude for all the ways you support, encourage, and enliven the work of The BTS Center, we are pleased to share with you a PDF version of our Report to the Community — our first ever publication like this, at least in recent memory, and a true labor of love. We hope you will take some time to flip through its pages, to scan its colorful images, to read its stories, and to find your place within the ever-expanding community that we are convening.

 

Research Collaborative

The BTS Center Research Collaborative will convene a cross-sector group of leaders from organizations across northern New England to explore the question, “How would organizations act differently today if they embodied an ecological imagination?
We believe that climate devastation is not merely a problem for scientists and activists, but a symptom of the foundational cultural and spiritual structures of our society. If systems like consumer capitalism, industrial modernity, and colonial domination are the root causes of our current crisis,  then every organization has something important to offer in this moment. We are gathering organizational partners who share our hope for a new way of embodying the best version of ourselves in response to our planet’s deep need and who reflect the earth’s wisdom in their day-to-day life and work.
 

Introducing our new LEADERSHIP COMMONS

Welcome to The BTS Center's new Leadership Commons, a space where we are developing new content, and gathering materials adapted from past programs, to help equip faith leaders in the work of guiding communities of spiritual practice through the uncertainties of life on a changing planet. Our Director of Partnerships & Formation, Aram Mitchell, invites you to share your feedback, learnings, and success stories along the way.
 

 

Would you believe me if I told you we were the forerunners a great spiritual renewal? What if I said this renewal would change our global culture at the end of this century? That it will see the emergence of a new mysticism in contrast to technology and a strong social conscience of sustainability and justice. We are at the very beginning of this movement. We will not all live to see its first moments of birth, but we will have the joy of knowing that we were the shoulders on which others stood to make it a reality. History will show that what we did today to lift up an open-minded spirituality, welcoming to all people, made a difference. Our choice to stand together, to advocate for justice, and to heal this planet will be recognized as the breakthrough. Because we did not give up, they excelled. Would you believe me if I told you that?
 
— Bishop Steven Charleston, retired Bishop of the Episcopal
Diocese of Alaska and elder in the Choctaw Nation

 


Announcements

 
  • Introducing The BTS Center’s new podcast, Climate Changed. New episodes will premier monthly. Click here to learn more and to find Climate Changed on your favorite listening platform.
  • The BTS Center publishes its 2022 Report to the Community, celebrating a few highlights from the more than thirty different programs we’ve developed and hosted over this past year and looking ahead with hope and anticipation. View the Report here.
  • The BTS Center is pleased to welcome Rev. Ash Temin to its staff team, serving in the role of Communications Manager. Ash has been collaborating with The BTS Center over the past several weeks as a program consultant, assisting with some fall programming, and she officially assumes this new role effective October 25. Learn more …
  • If you attended Convocation 2021, you’ll remember some really sacred moments as our Convocation music leader, Pax Ressler, shared their original song, “The Soil,” commissioned by The BTS Center especially for this year’s Convocation — “We Are God’s Soil: Spiritual Leadership in a Climate-Changed World.”
    Several of you have asked for sheet music, and with special thanks to Pax, now it’s available — and not only sheet music, but a lead sheet, a lyrics sheet, and an mp3 recording — all free for download here.
  • We are delighted to announce the six recipients of From What Is to What If Micro-Grants. Each of these grants will help a community of faith try something new, lay the groundwork for further innovation, and help to fire the imaginations of others. Learn more …
  • Learn more about our Research Collaborative program!
  • Introducing our new LEADERSHIP COMMONS: Welcome to The BTS Center’s new Leadership Commons, a space where we are developing new content, and gathering materials adapted from past programs, to help equip faith leaders in the work of guiding communities of spiritual practice through the uncertainties of life on a changing planet.

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On March 24th, in collaboration with Maine Council of Churches, we'll host an online screening of the powerful film Truth Tellers, followed by a live Q&A with some of the artists and activists featured. Please join us! For more info and to register: https://thebtscenter.org/truth-tellers-online-film-screening-and-live-qa/