“A cloak of loose, soft material, held to the Earth’s hard surface by gravity, is all that lies between life and lifelessness.”
—Wallace H. Fuller, PhD, soil scientist, 1975
Scientists tell us that soil is the top layer of the earth’s surface, consisting of rock and mineral particles, enriched with decayed organic matter, inhabited by living organisms, aerated with gases, having the capacity to retain water.
Over the course of two days we gathered for online sessions, and logged off for some intentional, self-guided, offline sessions, returning to digital space for continued learning and reflection. Incorporating music, the arts, and contemplative practice, Convocation 2021 inspired and challenged us to ground our spiritual leadership in the common good and in the sacredness of our planetary home. We enjoyed a blend of online and offline experiences, which weaved together to facilitate learning, nurture respite, and deepen community.
Held annually, continuously since 1905, Convocation is a legacy program of Bangor Theological Seminary, predecessor to The BTS Center. We were delighted to carry on this tradition, 116 years in the making, drawing upon the enduring wisdom of the generations of leaders who have come before us.
During this year’s Convocation, we prayed that God will till the soil — us —and plant seeds for a future that is not our own.
We mailed a BTS Box filled with useful materials and delightful surprises meant to enhance the Convocation experience to our participants!