12 July 2022
This newsletter sent to Churches, Priests and Deacons (active), Diocesan Council, Standing Committee and Chancellor, Wardens, Treasurers, Parish Administrators, Jubilee Center and Camp Leadership, Trustees, Summer Chapel Leadership, and Diocesan Staff

Similar to last year, all diocesan convention-related news and updates
will be highlighted in yellow.
Call to Convention
Call to Convention

OFFICIAL NOTICE is hereby given, in accordance with Canon Six, Section I, of the Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, that the 203rd Annual Convention will assemble, God willing, via electronic means for an online convention, on or about Saturday, 22 October 2022.

Barbara Martin
Canon for Administration and Registrar
12 July 2022

For more information, contact Canon Barbara Martin via email or at 207.772.1953 x 125.
Certification of Lay Delegates - Deadline Upcoming

Lay delegates elected to serve at convention must be certified using the form below by July 31, 2022. This certificate must be prepared and signed by the Rector, Vicar or Priest in Charge, if there is one, or a Warden or Clerk of the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee when there is no Rector, Vicar or Priest in Charge. Once a congregation has submitted their certificate, the church will no longer appear in the dropdown list on the form.

Important Dates

July 31: Certificate of Delegates Due

September 16: Nominations and Resolutions Due

September 27: Intro to Convention / Area Caucus

October 4: Budget, Rules of Order, Resolutions

October 11: Resolutions, Consent Calendar

October 18: on hold as business demands

October 19: Registration Deadline

October 22: Day of Convention

October 25 Convention Debrief and Thanksgivings for the Town Hall program
 
All information about the 2022 Convention on the Episcopal Maine website as it becomes available.
Updates and Announcements
General Convention Wraps Up

The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church concluded yesterday.

  • Watch videos and read stories from our Maine deputation to General Convention on our blog.
  • You can watch all the recorded sermons and other video highlights from The Episcopal Church on the GC80 Media Hub.


Some General Convention Actions of Note:

The General Convention acted on 414 resolutions during four days of business in Baltimore, including:

  • The bishops adopted a statement on climate emergency, you can read more on that in the below section.  

  • Several racial equity resolutions were adopted including one establishing a voluntary Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice. Read more here and here.

  • The convention took action toward defining The Book of Common Prayer to provide for authorized liturgies that are not proposed revisions to the physical book, and designated www.episcopalcommonprayer.org as the church's official liturgical website. Read more here.

  • The $100.5-million budget for 2023-2034 was approved, along with a new standing budget committee to consolidate and streamline the budget process. Read more here.

  • Resolutions from the Committee on the State of the Church call for task forces and evaluation on technology and tools for church governance work, indicators of 21st-century congregational vitality, revision of the Parochial Report's financial page and re-evaluation of membership counting methods to better reflect a range of contexts and ways of gathering. Read more here.

Youngest, most diverse slate to date: The House of Deputies on July 9 elected Diocese of Oklahoma deputy Julia Ayala Harris as its new president, succeeding the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, who completed her third and final term at this convention. Ayala Harris was elected on the third ballot from the youngest, most diverse slate of presidential candidates ever to come before the House of Deputies. Read more from Episcopal News Service here and watch a video clip here.

On July 10 the House of Deputies went on to elect the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton as its new vice president. Taber-Hamilton, who is Shackan First Nation, joins Harris, who is Latina, to become the first people of color serving together as president and vice president, and the first time two women will lead the house. Read more on Taber-Hamilton's election from Episcopal News Service here.

Finally, we give thanks and praise to our Maine deputation (pictured below) - we can't wait to hear more as they begin to debrief the event. Thank you, deputies!

The 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in July 2024.
Bishops close convention with climate emergency statement ahead of Lambeth

[Episcopal News Service – Baltimore, Maryland] The House of Bishops issued a statement during the final day of the 80th General Convention naming the climate crisis as the overarching issue that affects all the other issues of social justice that the convention has considered.

Lambeth Conference 2022 begins July 26

Convened by The Archbishop of Canterbury in 2022, the Lambeth Conference is a gathering of bishops from across the Anglican Communion for prayer and reflection, fellowship, and dialogue on church and world affairs.

With the theme of ‘God’s Church for God’s World - walking, listening, and witnessing together,’ the conference will explore what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a 21st Century world.

As the conference draws closer, join us as we pray for the Lambeth Conference and the impact it can have on the life of the Anglican Communion in the decade ahead.

Download the short prayer guide, and learn more about Lambeth on the Conference website. Watch this space and our social media channels for news, information, and updates about the Lambeth Conference in the coming weeks.
Upcoming Events
Project Resource - Happening this Fall! Register Now...
5 consecutive Sundays, September 11 to October 9, 2022
5:00 to 7:00 pm ET, via Zoom

Congregations, program groups, ministries, and committees of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine are invited to participate in "Project Resource" a vibrant new method for transformation in all areas of stewardship. Cohort groups are also encouraged to consider this program.

"Project Resource teaches culture and systems change around financial development in the worldwide Episcopal Church. Project Resource provides teaching, focus, and adaptable resources to equip clergy and lay leaders to develop their year-round annual stewardship campaigns and to plan, ask for, and receive major gifts."  

To find out more, or to register, please click here.

In order to make this worthwhile program accessible to interested groups, educational grants are available through the Wolf and Loring Funds, to cover all but the first $100 of the cost of participation. For more information about obtaining funding to participate (1 clergy person and 2 lay leaders, minimum per team), please email Canon Barbara Martin.
Resources
Copyright for Churches Workshop

You may remember at a Town Hall a year or so ago, Canon Barbara Martin provided an overview of the copyright ins-and-outs for churches. Recently, Canon Martin was a guest speaker for the diocese of New Hampshire and reprised that presentation. We recorded that meeting and provide it to you here as a refresher! Click here or on the image below to view the video.
Communications Office Hours

Are you interested in a working session regarding technology, social media, or how to communicate your message?

These are all topics for discussion at CommsChat - aka Communications Office Hours. The discussion each week is guided by the questions of those who attend. This is a non-mandatory, come-if-you'd-like open discussion session.

This week's CommsChat is on Thursday, July 14th from 11 am - 12 pm.

Click on the "Register Here" button below if you'd like to attend.
Job Openings
St. George’s in York Harbor is hiring a part-time Parish Administrator. The weekly schedule will be developed with the minister. This position is partly office administration, and strong candidates will manage lots of details effectively. Above all, though, the role is about engaging people. Our Parish Administrator (PA) is often the first person contacted when needs arise. And, the PA will also have significant responsibility for congregational communications. We’re excited to work with someone creative and curious about how we can connect people and tell our story through digital engagement. Read the full job description here. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to the Rev. Ryan Mails.

St. David's in Kennebunk is seeking an experienced, technically-minded individual to contract to run their audio and video system to livestream and prerecord their worship services and other events. For more information, and to apply, please email Rev. Andrew D'Angio White.


Christ Church, Gardiner, is seeking a part-time Music Director (pianist/choirmaster) or (pianist/organist/choirmaster). They are seeking a skilled, dynamic, and enthusiastic music director to support their 10:00 AM principal Sunday services and to provide music on other Holy Days and special occasions. Organ skills are optional. The church has an organist willing to continue playing at services if a qualified music director who does not play the organ is found. Read the full job description and instructions on applying here.

Trinity Church, Castine is seeking a part-time Administrator/Bookkeeper. This position requires a good working knowledge of QuickBooks for non-profits and Office programs such as Publisher, Word and Excel. If you have an interest or know of someone who would be interested, please contact Trinity's Treasurer, Kate Noel.

Is your church hiring? Would you like us to share out the job description in the CLL (this email), the Dio Log, and/or the diocesan LinkedIn page? If so, let us know!

As a reminder, churches that are in the search process for a new clergyperson are listed on the diocesan website here.
Diocesan Event Calendar
Save these dates below! For the full events calendar, click here.

JULY
26 – 8 August The Lambeth Conference
31 Pool Party & Farewell to Grads

AUGUST
26-28 Summer Finale Weekend

SEPTEMBER
27 Clergy Day with the Bishop, Christ Church Gardiner
27 Town Hall