The Cathedral will be open from 9:00-3:00 on Friday
for those who wish to come in and pray
From the Dean

I have often been told that politics and religion do not mix.
I wonder if those who say this truly understand religion or politics... or the first amendment of the constitution itself.
I admit that I come at this from a biased perspective. I have served at the American Cathedral in Paris and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, both of which had pseudo-establishment and proudly patriotic roles. I have led funerals at Arlington Cemetery, taught preaching to military chaplains, and played the Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever more times than I can count. In my ministry, I have lived overseas twice,  traveled extensively, and in every case have been treated not just as a representative of the church but of the United States as well. As divided and different as we seem to ourselves, it's hard to believe that the rest of the world sees us all as pretty much the same... and understands better than we do that particularly for Americans the separation between sacred and secular is a false divide. Religion should not be partisan and no church should support one particular candidate. We need to remember, however, that "church" is not so much an institution as it is a people: a people who have promised to live out their beliefs in their lives not just one hour on Sunday, but 24/7, in their places of work and play, in their families, in their homes, and in the world where they live. As people of faith, our beliefs and values define how we structure our lives, make our decisions, and interact with others each. To not speak with the voice of faith is to deny who we are and the one in whose image we were made, and cede that voice and that faith to others.
This has come up this week in the controversy within the Episcopal Church over the role of the National Cathedral in providing a prayer service the morning after the Inauguration and the National Cathedral Choir singing at the Inauguration itself. The Presiding Bishop and Bishop of Washington have written eloquently on this subject and the debate - carried on the Episcopal Cafe - continues with strong feelings on all sides. With biblical mandates to pray for our leaders (1 Tim 2.2), to pray for our enemies and those who persecute us (Matt 5:44), it is hard to justify not having the prayer service (or praying for the president during our own services) regardless of what perspective one might hold. But is the singing of the Cathedral Choir at the Inauguration an act of supporting positions and behaviors that are contrary to the baptismal covenant and basic Christian beliefs? Is it a betrayal of the neediest among us... or is it a chance to stay at the table so their voices will heard? Could it be an opportunity to rise above politics and bring a moment of prayer, of beauty, and of true spirituality to an event where those things will be hard to find? Could it be a chance to ask God to be with our nation at a time it needs God the most? These are challenging questions for challenging times. While our answers might differ, what is clear from all this is that what the church does matters, perhaps more than we thought.  
In its essence, Christianity is not a private but a public religion, meant to be lived both in community and in the wider community of the public square. Jesus did not come to create one more spiritual option from which people could choose. He came to usher in the Kingdom of God that would transform the world itself. He was killed because he spoke and lived a truth that  threatened the political and religious power structures of his day. He was raised to show that the Kingdom he proclaimed would last forever - long after those others were gone.
People say that religion and politics don't mix. I'm not sure Jesus would agree.
Dean Shambaugh
Women's Walk Portland this Saturday
Early Music in the Chapel
Saturday, January 21 at 7pm 
  • English music for broken consort:  One of the more lively forms of music popular ca 1600 in England was the broken consort. Unlike a consort of viols or recorders, where all instruments were of the same family, albeit of various sizes, a broken consort consists of instruments of various types, lutes, viols, violins, etc.
  • This  program features music by William Lawes, Matthew Locke, Peter Phillips, Thomas Morley, and Christopher Simpson, among others. Rounding out the program of ensemble works are unaccompanied solo pieces for gamba, lute, and violin.
  • Featured artists are: Kathryn Sytsma and Todd Borgerding, viola da gamba; Seth Warner, lute; Michael Albert, violin and recorder; Timothy Burris, lute.
    Tickets are available at the door: $15, and $10 for seniors (students 17 and under,  free)

    Rossini Club Concert
    The January concert of the Rossini  Club will be held at St. Luke's on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3pm.
    Featured performers include Rossini Club's  2016 Rand Instrumental Scholarship winner  Melody Hasbrouck, on flute, Shaunna Lucas, soprano, with Scott Wheatley, piano performing arias by  Moore, Puccini, and Mozart and
      Molly Harmon, Seth Blank, and Mark Braun  performing Arnold Cooke's 
    Nocturnes for Soprano, Horn and Piano 
    Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (students are admitted free of charge)

    Twilight in the Chapel

    Aban Zirikly is an internationally known violinist and conductor now living in Cape Elizabeth.  A native of Syria, he plays from the heart with improvisations that are mesmerizing.  He will be playing throughout the 5:15pm service this Sunday, January 22. A small reception will follow.
    Mandala Journaling, January 28
    The First Mandala Journaling Group will meet Saturday, January 28 instead of the 21st to allow participation in marches on the 21st.   There is a $5 materials donation. Contact Linda Carleton for more information.
    Nominations for election
    at Annual Meeting on January 29 
    Nominations for election at the annual meeting on January 29 at 11:30 am: For Senior warden (a second two-year term): George Cooper; For Vestry (a three-year term): Georgia Bancroft, Michael Brennan, Michael Courts; For Delegate to the Diocesan Convention in October (first five are delegates, the others are alternates. Note that in previous years, most alternates have served): Sam Allen, Lisle Blind, Donna Bolden, George Cooper, Fred Fowler, Carter Jedry-Irvin, Misha Pride, Jack Swanton
    As always, additional nominations may be made from the floor.

    Statements from the Presiding Bishop and the National Cathedral about Prayers and Participation in the Inauguration
    Interested in the Episcopal Church's participation in the Inauguration? Click for statements from the Presiding Bishop, the Dean of the National Cathedral and the Bishop of Washington.
    January 19, 2017
    Weekly Child Care:
    Our nursery (adjacent to the Upper Parish Hall) is available for children 4 years old and under from 9:45 am to 11:45am on Sundays.

    Sunday School for pre-K-5th grade is from 9:45 to 10:30 (with the children rejoining their parents at the Peace). Swing by any time after 9:45.

    Youth Group for middle and high schoolers is from 11:30-12:30 every week. .  All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.

    Worship Schedule
    07:30 am (Chapel) 
    10:00 am (Nave)
     4:00 pm (Nave) - Evensong on 1st Sundays
     5:15 pm (Chapel)

    Our  Sunday 10 am services are livestreamed on our website.

    Remember, the office is closed on Mondays.

    12:10 pm: Worship (Chapel)

    Wednesdays: 5:45 pm: Taize or 
    Contemplative Prayer
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    Spiritual Formation 
     for Adults

    The Explorers
    Explore with the Sunday am book group Donna Hick's "Dignity", a little book with a major message on conflict resolution and enriching human relationships.  
    Join us to find out more about how these reconciling concepts might work in your life.   We meet from 8:45 to 9:45 in the Chapter Room.
    Heart of the Matter
    will be exploring religious belief through the work of Joseph Campbell each week.  A great place for those seeking new ways of understanding their relationship with their faith.
    Dwelling on the Word is on  winter break.
    The Tuesday Bible Study and brown bag lunch continues each week after the 12:10 service. Please note there will be NO 12:10 service or bible study on Tuesday, 12/27.

    The Thursday Night Theological Reflection Group are reviewing their studies of Natural Theology's relationships with the current developments in quantum mechanics; the behaviors of subatomic particles.  A study paper by Dr. Hanson is available.  Discover some of the many ways one can enrich one's faith by understanding the very sources of our existence.  We meet in the Chapter Room from 7 'til 9 pm.

    Parish Meetings in January
    January 22  Town Meeting on the Budget with year end and year to come financial information

    January 29  Annual Meeting including an Appreciative Inquiry/Visioning process
    Stewardship Update
    If you lost your pledge card or need stewardship information, click here! We need to have the information in as soon as possible in order to prepare our 2017 budget. Thank you!
    Financial Peace University is Back!
    Learn to take control of your financial life in a manner consistent with your values. This program will meet Sunday's from 9-9:45 beginning 02/05. Nursery care will be provided for young children. Registration information to follow.

    Prayer Shawl Blessing
    On January 29th there will be a blessing of the prayer shawls.  Please let Helen Smith (772-7057) know if you have made one.  Your gift of time, love and prayers needs to be acknowledged.  Thank you.
    Potluck at Annual Meeting
    Preceding our Annual Meeting, we will have a pot-luck lunch set up in Emmanuel Chapel. We are asking for contributions of sandwiches, quiches, salads, sweets, etc. Please leave your items in the chapel prior to the 10:00 service.
    Faith in Action: Maine Advocacy Days
    Discover how voices of faith can make a difference in the public square. Mark your calendars for March 27 & 28.