2 August 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, Diocesan Staff, and Diocesan Convention Delegates

Similar to last year, all diocesan convention-related news and updates
are highlighted in yellow.
Updates and Announcements
15th Lambeth Conference Continues

Bishop Brown joins bishops from across New England in creating videos on the topics the Lambeth Conference is covering. Bishop Brown's video was posted this morning and you can view that above. To watch all the videos day-by-day, you can find them here.

Bishop Brown has been mentioned or quoted in the following Lambeth-related news stories:

We will continue to share updates from the Lambeth Conference here in this newsletter, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Diocesan Convention
Three Ways YOU Can Help Direct the Future of the Diocese!

Fill one of the six open seats on Diocesan Council
Leading up to the 203rd Convention of the Diocese of Maine in October, six new lay representatives, one from each of the six diocesan areas, will be elected to the Diocesan Council to serve a three-year term. As a representative, you take part in the major work and decisions of the church. Click here to learn more about Council.
Please use the nomination form to nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) by September 16. The form will ask for a photo. Please have a headshot of the nominee ready to submit.

Nominate yourself for a leadership position
Consider whether you may be called to serve in any one of the open leadership positions listed below. Click here to learn more about each position.
  • Treasurer (1-year term)
  • Secretary (1-year term)
  • Disciplinary Board - Lay (2-year term)
  • Standing Committee - Clergy (3-year term)
  • Standing Committee - Lay (3-year term)
  • General Convention Deputation (four clergy, four lay to serve at GC 2024)
  • Provincial Conference Clerical Deputy (2-year term)
Nominate yourself or nominate someone else (check with them first, please!) by completing this form by September 16th.
Propose a change by submitting a resolution
Resolutions to be considered by 203rd Diocesan Convention in October may be submitted until September 16th using this form. If you have any questions about resolutions, please contact Marge Kilkelly.
Find all these forms and more information on the convention page of our website.
Upcoming Events
If you or your church has not yet participated in Sacred Ground, here is an upcoming opportunity! Join others from around the Episcopal Dioceses of Northern New England in discussing race and racism in our nation. Sacred Ground dialogue circles will start in Fall '22. The intro meeting will be held in early September. Email Franci Farnsworth of Vermont if you are interested in joining in these Zoom conversations. Representatives from each Diocese are Franci Farnsworth of Vermont, Betty Lane of New Hampshire, and the Rev. Katie Holicky of Maine.
Register Now for Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life
The Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine invites you to practice the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life with a retreat beginning in early October 2022 and running through June 2023. It's for people who live in or near Maine, and there are options that would permit someone to be fully remote.

In this retreat, pray imaginatively with scripture and explore spiritual resources for decision making, growing closer in authentic friendship with Jesus and finding a greater awareness of God working in your life. Meetings will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month online, and they also offer individual or group spiritual direction monthly (online or in person). It requires you to set aside 3/4 hour for prayer and reflection each day, which is the crux of the retreat.

Find out more and apply at IgnatianME.org or contact Jane Hartwell or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. Space often fills up, so apply soon.
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.
From The Episcopal Church
Discerning Missional Leadership Virtual Retreat
12 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Mondays: Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3

Are you discerning a call or seeking seed grant funding to start a new Episcopal community?
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Church Planting is offering an online retreat for those desiring reflection and feedback on whether their gifts align with the unique call to start a new Episcopal community. Learn more.

Registration deadline: Aug. 15

Questions? Email the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers

The Rev. Michael Barlowe, secretary of the General Convention, invites Episcopalians from across the church to apply for appointment to the various interim bodies created by General Convention. These committees, commissions, and task forces carry out the work of The Episcopal Church between conventions.
Applications are due Aug. 12, and initial appointments will be made in September by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Julia Ayala Harris. The appointment process for task forces may continue through the fall as additional committees are formed.
During the two-year term leading up to the 81st General Convention in 2024, interim bodies will be focused on the priorities defined by General Convention. Joint Standing Commission appointments traditionally last two triennia (shortened by one year due to the delay in the 80th General Convention), while other appointments — including those to interim bodies — often last a single triennium.
The application form allows applicants to select areas of interest and identify relevant skills and experience.
Please contact the General Convention Office with questions.
Priests and Deacons: Serve on the Anglican Consultative Council as a Clergy Representative
The Episcopal Church is seeking nominations for a clergy member to serve a three-meeting, nine-year term on the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). The representative will be elected at the church’s Executive Council meeting in October. The next ACC meeting is scheduled for February 2023 in Accra, Ghana.   

Requirements: Episcopal Church priest or deacon in good standing; thorough knowledge of the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church

What to include: Nominee’s permission to stand for election; one-page explanation of qualifications; digital photo

Where to send nominations: The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, executive officer of the General Convention.

Deadline to apply: 5 p.m. ET, Sept. 1
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, August 4th from 11 am - 12 pm.

Click on the "Register Here" button below if you'd like to attend.
Job Openings
St. George’s, York Harbor is hiring a part-time communications-focused Administrative Assistant. Use your creative gifts to help them connect people and build community through print and digital media.They are excited to work with someone creative and curious about how to build greater connections in the community and tell their story through digital engagement. Click here for a full job description. 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.

26 July - 8 Aug Lambeth Conference
26-28 Summer Finale Weekend

16 Nominations and Resolutions Due
27 Clergy Day with the Bishop, Christ Church Gardiner
27 Town Hall: Intro to Convention / Area Caucus

4 Town Hall: Budget, Rules of Order, Resolutions
11Town Hall: Resolutions, Consent Calendar
18 Town Hall: Pre-Convention
19 Diocesan Convention Registration Deadline
22 Diocesan Convention
25 Town Hall: Convention Debrief and Thanksgivings for the Town Hall Program