Craigville Tabernacle
Craigville Tabernacle

For nearly 40 years, the Craigville Theological Colloquy has met at the Craigville Retreat Center in Centerville, MASS on Cape Cod. This is a beautiful area to visit and to spend a week! See other pages for more details about the Colloquy and the area.

2024 Craigville Theological Colloquy

July 8-12, 2024

Registration Opens April 20, 2024

Ecotheology: Christian Responses To The Global Climate Crisis

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Allen Ewing-Merrill

Executive Director of The BTS Center

Biblical Reflector and Presenter

Tallessyn Z. Grenfell-Lee, MDiv, PhD

Founder of Climate Resilience Leadership, LLC


During the 2024 Colloquy, our time together will consider
one of the most pressing global issues — the climate.

Looking through the lenses of Christian faith experiences, spirituality in various forms, theology, biblical interpretation, science, activism, and more, we will seek to engage with the climate crisis in ways that will be helpful for clergy & laypeople, congregations & communities, people of many backgrounds, other living creatures, the habitats and eco-systems that we share and the Earth itself.

Using the word “crisis” intentionally acknowledges what many are declaring: that our only home, the Earth, has troubles and we must identify and implement ways to make positive and tangible impacts. As people of faith, this crisis also is a spiritual matter and imperative for us to address.

The Rev. Dr. Allen Ewing-Merrill, our keynote speaker, is the executive director of The BTS Center, located in Portland, Maine. In his years with The BTS Center, Allen and his colleagues have focused on creating and offering ecumenical and interfaith programs and experiences for clergy, laypeople, and others to develop ways of engaging in “Spiritual Leadership for a Climate-Changed World.” Allen also has extensive experience with pastoral ministry and has served non-profit organizations with a focus on social justice and faith-based organizing.  Allen will be delivering two keynote presentations and will also share some of the results and ideas from his D.Min. dissertation, which is entitled “Vocation, Formation, Imagination, and Transformation: Spiritual Leadership for a Climate-Changed World.”

To learn more about Allen and The BTS Center,
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Tallessyn Z. Grenfell-Lee, MDiv, PhD, who will be delivering three biblical reflections and another presentation, studied molecular biology at MIT and Harvard before moving into the field of Climate Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology. She has spent the last few decades studying the intersections of permaculture, ecofeminism, environmental justice, nature connection, and climate psychology. In 2021, she founded Climate Resilience Leadership, LLC, which offers tools and resources for climate and sustainability leaders who are looking to build resilient morale, engagement, and impact in your organization, no matter what happens. This Climate Moment calls for new kinds of leadership; Grenfell-Lee directly addresses the most daunting challenges of our time – climate burnout, frustration, overwhelm, and despair – and helps you build Climate-Proof Leadership and Unshakeable Hope. Find out more at

During the Colloquy week, we will also hear from other speakers, including people from Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light and the Cape Cod-based Faith Communities Environmental Network (FCEN), and we will continue to meet in small groups for more discussion opportunities beyond the plenary sessions. 

We will have many varied worship experiences throughout the week, as well as opportunities to be outdoors for reflection, nature walks, time at the beach, travels around Cape Cod, and simply relaxing and having fellowship time together. We invite you to join with us again or for the first time.

Registration for the Colloquy will open by April 20, 2024