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 The BTS Center Welcomes New Communications Manager, Rev. Ash Temin
 
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.

Allen Ewing-Merrill talks with Jennifer Hutchins of the Maine Association of Nonprofits

9/10/21 - On Friday, September 10, our Executive Director, Allen Ewing-Merrill, was interviewed on MANP Connects, a bi-weekly Friday morning program featuring special guests from Maine’s nonprofit sector and beyond who share their insights and perspectives in conversation with MANP Executive Director Jennifer Hutchins. Their 45-minute conversation explored topics related to religious nonprofits in Maine, the work of The BTS Center at the intersection of spiritual leadership and the climate crisis, and the possibilities for transformation when nonprofits live deeply into their values and prioritize the common good.

From What Is to What If Micro-Grants Awarded!

8/12/21 - With great joy, we are announcing the six recipients of From What Is to What If Micro-Grants. Each of these grants (up to $5,000) will help a community of faith try something new, lay the groundwork for further innovation, and help to fire the imaginations of others. We are excited about the array of projects in development, and we are grateful to partner with these faith communities by providing just a little bit of funding to help support and encourage their steps forward.
 

Announcing Convocation 2021

7/30/21 - We are so excited to invite you to the 2021 edition of The BTS Center's annual Convocation, again this year an online gathering, coming up Thursday, September 30 – Friday, October 1.
 
Our theme this year invites deep reflection: "We Are God's Soil: Spiritual Leadership in a Climate-Changed World." We are happy today to introduce you to our keynote speaker, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, and we look forward to sharing details about other speakers, conversationalists, artists, and musicians in the coming weeks.
 
 
 

Kay Ahmed steps into a new role as Operations Manager

7/22/21 - With great attention to detail, with efficiency and care, and with consistent appreciation for doing things well, Kay Ahmed manages a million behind-the-scenes details that help to ensure the effectiveness of The BTS Center’s programs and day-to-day operations.
 

A message to alumni of Bangor Theological Seminary

7/12/21 - The BTS Center's Executive Director Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill writes a letter to alumni of the Bangor Theological Seminary on the occasion of the United Church of Christ General Synod 33:
 
"Hello and welcome to this Special Virtual General Synod 33. It is our honor to serve as a sponsor for this gathering. Whether in times of worship, in workshops and special events, or in sessions for conducting the business of this denomination, we pray that the Spirit will draw us together across time and space — that in this time together we might be Rooted in Love. 
 

Introducing our new LEADERSHIP COMMONS

4/27/21 - 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.
 

One Year Later

by Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill, Executive Director
 
3/12/21 - Over the past several days, we’ve been reliving our “one-year-ago” anniversaries: the day the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic, the day the schools closed, the last day at the office, the last gathering with cherished friends or beloved family, the last in-person worship service. Each of these one-year markers holds significance. Each evokes images, feelings, questions. Marking these anniversaries feels important — significant.
 

Rabbi Erica Asch named president-elect of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

1/1/21 - We celebrate with Rabbi Erica Asch, a member of our Board of Trustees, who has been named president-elect of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). She will become the fourth woman and the youngest person ever to lead the 130-year-old professional organization of over 2200 Reform rabbis who serve more than 2 million Jews worldwide.

Congratulations, Rabbi Asch! This is a well deserved honor, and it signals great things for the CCAR.!
 

Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus

3/16/20 - In this time of social distancing, fear, and great uncertainty, faith communities are more important than ever, but let's be honest: this current Coronavirus crisis stresses and stretches faith leaders in unique ways. The BTS Center is teaming up with the podcast Reports from the Spiritual Frontier to release a podcast series, some online meet-ups, and other resources to support and equip faith leaders for this particular moment.

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Nicole Diroff and Ben Yosua-Davis Join The BTS Center Team

1/23/20 - We are pleased to welcome Nicole Diroff and Ben Yosua-Davis to The BTS Center Team. Serving in the roles of Program Coordinator and Program Advisor, respectively, Nicole and Ben are working with our Executive Director, Allen Ewing-Merrill, to help design and coordinate Convocation 2020, as well as to envision and plan for future programming. We look forward to sharing more details soon!

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The BTS Center Sponsors the 2020 Season of "Reports From the Spiritual Frontier" podcast

1/23/20 - We are pleased to partner with Ben Yosua-Davis, Host of the podcast "Reports From the Spiritual Frontier" as a Sponsor for their 2020 season. Now in its fifth season, Reports provides an in-depth look at the day to day lives of innovative spiritual practitioners, as they cultivate new forms of community on the religious margins of our country.

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Gratitude for Elizabeth Drescher

11/18/19 - 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.

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The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill to become next Executive Director

4/29/19 - The BTS Center Board of Trustees announces the selection of The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill as its 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.

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The Rev. Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood is retiring June 2019

11/13/18 — The Board of Trustees of The BTS Center announces the retirement of our Executive Director, The Reverend Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood, effective June 2019, which will conclude eight years of leading Bangor Seminary and its transition to The BTS Center. The Board will more fully celebrate Bob’s leadership closer to his retirement date. For now, we are extremely grateful to him for his dedication to and passion for the work of The BTS Center.

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Dr. Pamela Shellberg is moving to new role in Wisconsin

10/29/18 — After four years on the staff of The BTS Center as Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Pamela Shellberg is leaving at the end of November for a new position in Madison, Wisconsin. Pam is looking ahead to being the Director of Life-Long Faith Formation at Bethel Lutheran Church – as well as looking forward to a return to Madison which was her home in the 1980s and 90s.

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