Convocation is a legacy program of The BTS Center, and before that of our predecessor, Bangor Theological Seminary, with roots dating back to 1905. We are happy to continue this annual gathering, which draws together leading thinkers and practitioners for deep engagement with current issues and trends related to 21st Century ministry and the practice of faith.
Convocation 2020 — an online gathering for the first time ever, due to public health guidelines related to Covid-19 — has come and gone, and we are still celebrating what a rich and meaningful experience it was for all who attended. The participants' page is still live, for all who attended, with recordings of each day's gatherings and an abundance of resources related to this year's theme, "Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency."
Soon we will turn our attention to Convocation 2021, and we look forward to announcing dates and details in the coming months.

Convocation Reimagined

Engaged Hope: Grounded Leadership in an Era of Ecological Emergency
September 24-25, 2020

Welcome to Convocation Reimagined! Convocation grows from roots dating back more than 100 years, but this year, following public health guidance, we moved online. Over the course of two days in September, we gathered for online sessions, and logged off for some intentional, self-guided, offline sessions, returning to digital space for continued learning and reflection. This blend of online and offline experiences, weaved together to facilitate learning, nurture respite, and deepen community.
Convocation 2020 invited spiritual leaders, faith communities, and change-makers to embrace a transformative response to the current climate crisis. If anything, COVID-19 has revealed even more clearly the ways in which “business as usual” threatens the sustainability of the planet and the health and well-being of all life. This global pandemic and the broader challenges of global climate devastation call for spiritually grounded leaders who adopt an intentional, embodied practice of hope — leaders who dismiss the paths of denial and despair and choose to live in a state of active engagement. This kind of hope is deeper than passive optimism — it is a way of being in the world, rooted in faith, expressed in action, and sustained by contemplative practice.
A gifted line-up of presenters — ecological innovators, spiritual guides, and ministry practitioners — confronted 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. Incorporating music, the arts, and contemplative practice, Convocation Reimagined led participants to a deeper, more spiritually grounded engagement with God’s Creation.

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.