Clergy & Congregations

Clergy Retreats in Maine

Saturday July 20, 2019: Pleasant Mountain

(day-hike to the summit of Pleasant Mountain, near Denmark ME)

Saturday September 7, 2019: Gulf Hagas

(day-hike through Gulf Hagas alongside Pleasant River, near Greenville ME, with optional overnight camping Friday into Saturday)

Saturday October 26, 2019: Pleasant Pond

(canoeing to Pleasant Pond on the Saco River, near Fryeburg ME)

Cost, itinerary, travel plans, and more information pending. But know this: Thanks to the generous support of The BTS Center partial and full scholarships will be available!

Bring Renewal to your Congregation

Aram Mitchell, Executive Director of Renewal in the Wilderness, is available to preach at your weekly gathering and to facilitate an adult-education workshop that explores the confluence of wilderness and spirituality. 

Aram Mitchell is a Registered Maine Guide and Wilderness First Responder with an MA in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to Maine in 2015 he worked as a minister for children (and the child-like) at Claremont UCC in southern California. During seminary he worked as an advocate and shelter coordinator for LGBTQ identified youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. He has backpacked across Scotland, walked a pilgrimage in Spain, practiced yoga in Costa Rica, and guided wilderness trips for over 15 years. Now Aram spends his days devising ways to bring the wisdom of wilderness and regular rhythms of renewal into the lives of care providers, justice workers, and faith leaders.

Read Aram’s reflections about the practice of wildness on the Renewal blog.