Convocation Reimagined
Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency


12:15-12:30 pm (EDT) Zoom Overview

12:30-2:30 pm (EDT)  Session 1: Online

Welcome from hosts Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill, Rev. Nicole Diroff, and Kay Ahmed

Music & gathering ritual with Thew Elliott and Aram Mitchell

Presentation by Sherri Mitchell – Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset 

Interview with Ben Yosua-Davis

2:30-4:00 pm (EDT)  Session 2: Offline

Learning from eco-innovators Susan MacKenzie, Ph.D.  and Rev. Francis Kinyua 

Self-guided trailside spiritual practices

4:00-5:30 pm (EDT)  Session 3: Online

Greetings & blessings from Rev. Jane Field, Maine Council of Churches, and Rev. Jonna Jensen, Maine Conference UCC

Live conversation with eco-innovators: Susan MacKenzie, Ph.D. and Rev. Francis Kinyua spotlighted

5:30-7:00 pm (EDT) — Break

7:00-8:30 pm (EDT)  Session 4: Online

Music and art with Thew Elliott and Rob Shetterly

Small group conversations and community building 

Americans Who Tell the Truth poster giveaway


12:30-2:00 pm (EDT)  Session 5: Online

Rev. Daniel Wolpert on why spiritual practice matters for grounded leadership in an era of ecological emergency

Creation's Wisdom book giveaway 

Contemplative practice mini-retreats

2:00-3:30 pm (EDT)  Session 6: Offline

Learning from eco-innovators Jay O'Hara and Saarah Latif

2:15 - 2:50pm (EDT): Connecting with new friends through small group conversations (online)
Zoom information:
Passcode: 814900
Meeting ID: 819 1898 3091
Join by telephone: +1 (646) 558 8656

3:30-5:30 pm (EDT)  Session 7: Online

National Parks Pass and Natural Resources Council of Maine membership giveaways

Live conversation with eco-innovators: Jay O'Hara and Saarah Latif spotlighted

Closing blessing with Thew Elliott and Aram Mitchell 

5:30-7:00 pm (EDT) — Break

7:00-8:30 pm (EDT)  Session 8: Online

A powerful capstone gathering focused on healing and connecting within the context of a nightmare

Performance & learning from teaching artist Myles Bullen 

Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas on moving from addiction to action

Rooted & Rising book giveaway


Creation's Wisdom Book Retreat
with author Daniel Wolpert, offered by The BTS Center in collaboration with MICAH (Minnesota Institute of Contemplation & Healing)  – 5 sessions, beginning November 12. Click here to learn more and register.

Unlocking Possibility Speaker Series 
Every crisis can be an invitation to dream. Even in uncertain moments, we are called to imagine better futures together: for ourselves, for our communities, and for our planet. In this series, we’ll be talking with leading thinker-practitioners about the art and practice of imagination: both how to create wide-open spaces for possibilities that others find impossible and what it looks like when our dreams become reality. Speakers include Dominique Christina, Rob Hopkins, Bill McKibben and Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. Click here to learn more and register.

Unlocking Possibility Co-Learning Community
Truly, there has never been a more urgent time for us to imagine new possibilities for the future. Thankfully, imagination is not a gift given to a few, but a discipline that can be practiced by all of us. If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of an intentionally imaginative frame for life, join us as well for a small group, praxis-based learning experience. Click here to learn more and register.