The Dio Log 
news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine 
since 1999

Volume 20, Number 7 ~  April 13 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

for the family of the Rev. Joan Preble, deacon at St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth, early this morning. Service details to follow.

the family of the Rev. Constance Chandler-Ward, 82, of Tenants Harbor, who died in an automobile accident on April 2. Her obituary may be found here. A service will be held on April 21, at 11 a.m. at the Thomaston Baptist Church.

the family of Merton Henry, 92, of Scarborough, prominent Mainer and long-time member of Trinity Church, Portland, who held many leadership roles in the Diocese of Maine over the years, upon his death on April 6. His obituary may be found here and a profile in the Press Herald  here. A service will be held on April 14 at 11 a.m. at Trinity.

Congratulations to ...

Congratulations are in order for members of our diocese exercising leadership in The Episcopal Church beyond the Diocese of Maine.

Archdeacon Aaron Perkins, of St. George's, York Harbor, who was elected at last week's Province 1 Synod to a six-year term on the Executive Council, as the clergy representative of the seven dioceses of New England. Aaron has been a leader in the provincial Deacons Network and the Association of Episcopal Deacons.

John Hennessy, director of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice and deputy to General Convention, who has been appointed to the Standing Commission on Program, Budget, and Finance of The Episcopal Church.

the Rev. Kit Wang, who begins a three-year term as President of Province 1, succeeding Bishop Lane, who is finishing his term. Kit has served for three years as Vice-President.

Barbara Martin, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, who is completing a two-year term as President of Bishops Executive Secretaries Together (B.E.S.T), an church-wide organization of assistants to Bishops Diocesan. 

And, finally, congratulations the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice upon being awarded a grant from The Episcopal Church to develop a model state-wide public policy network. The $10,000 grant marks the final grant of a three-year cycle.

Voices among us ...

The April edition of Vestry Papers, an online publication of the Episcopal Church Foundation, features an article about the Diocese of Maine's efforts to achieve economic justice for lay employees in "Maine puts its money where its mouth is." 

Maine blogger  Averyl Hill interviews retired football coach and member of St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, John Wolfgram, about spiritual lessons he learned as a coach. Read it here.

Around the Diocese...

Profile, Nomination, and Application timeline announced

More than 800 people took the diocesan survey. This wordcloud reflects the most common answers to the question: 
"To where is God calling the Episcopal Diocese of Maine?"
The Discernment Committee has completed its final draft of the diocesan profile, and it will be under design for much of April.
We intend to have the profile available in early May. We will receive nominations for the Tenth Bishop of Maine through the end of May.
Please prayerfully consider if there is an Episcopal priest you know whom you would like to nominate. We will have information on how to nominate at the end of April.
The diocesan profile, a nomination form, and application forms, will be published at  on May 3.
Nominations for the 10th Bishop of Maine will be open from May 3 to May 30. (Self-nomination is welcomed.)
The Discernment Committee will accept applications from May 3 to June 4.
Please check the Bishop Quest website for news and updates at .
-- The Rev. John Balicki, St. Mark's, Waterville
Chair of the Discernment Committee

St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center featured in the latest episode of our new podcast  Faith in Maine , stories of life and faith across the Diocese

Listen to Episode 2: The Toilet Paper Pantry at Also available is  Episode 1:  Mudseason. 

Don't miss an episode! Subscribe to the podcast at the iTunes store or at Google Play Music.

St. Paul's, Brunswick, seeks a full-time assistant priest

We are seeking a full-time energetic and innovative organizer priest who will:
  • Develop meaningful relationships with our children, youth, their parents, and their extended families, leading them into a deeper relationship with God, one another, and into service in the world.
  • Build programs to integrate children and youth into the ministries of St. Paul's, educating and empowering them for discipleship.
  • Recruit and train adult leaders to form our children and youth in our faith tradition, grounded in the Baptismal Covenant.
  • Experienced with digital tools and use existing and emerging technologies to connect with youth, their families, the wider parish, the Episcopal Church, and the greater Brunswick community.
  • Collaborate with the rector, celebrate the Family Worship Eucharist and develop innovative liturgy that will be accessible to all worshipers.
St. Paul's is excited to be living into a radical welcome for all and looks to reimagine our engagement with children and youth.

Applications are welcomed through June 1. A full position description and how to apply may be found here or at 

St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center seeks an executive director

St. Elizabeth's is a ministry of eight greater Portland Episcopal congregations that offers essentials to its neighbors every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 in the undercroft of St. Luke's Cathedral.

The newly-formed Board of Directors seeks someone to take on the role of Executive Director, a position that will require about 15 hours a week. 

Anyone interested should review the full position description located here and send a resume (references to be made available on request) to Board Chair Martha Parshley at

Does your church use Realm? 

Realm, a pledge management software program, is used by some congregations in the Diocese of Maine. There is interest in starting a Maine-based customer support users group to share information and tips, but we need to know which churches use the program to approach the company.

If you use Realm, or would like to learn more, please contact Canon Terry Reimer at

Involved (or interested) in environmental stewardship at the local church level?

The Eco-Justice/Creation Care Team at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland would like to connect with our counterparts around the Diocese. 

Please contact Sarah Braik at  or 415-6556 to tell us what you've been up to and hear about our activities. We can learn from each other and perhaps find ways to collaborate.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

St. Peter's, Rockland, co-hosting screening of Behold the Earth on April 22

In celebration of Earth Day, on April 22nd at 1 p.m., Rockland's Strand Theatre will screen  Behold the Earth, a documentary film that considers the possibility of  charting a course to a brighter future. The film also asks the question, "Could a journey into Creation determine the future of the church?"

This screening is co-sponsored by The Strand Theatre and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Manette Pottle, a member of St. Peter's and co-producer of the film, will be joined for a post-screening discussion by the Rev. Peter Panagore. Panagore  served for 15 years as host of  Daily Devotions, at the First Radio Parish of America. Several local conservation leaders will also join the panel discussion.

For more information about the screening, contact Marty Rogers at 236-8922 or the Strand Theatre at 594-0070. Learn more about the film at

Spring Training: Diocesan Education Day on Saturday, April 28 is coming right up! 

Please share the word with your congregation

On Saturday, April 28, join Bishop Lane and people from across the Diocese of Maine for a day of sharing and learning. 

Spring Training will be held at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta. Coffee and conversation begin at 8:30 a.m.  Workshops are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

And it's free!
Hear great ideas from other churches. Worship together and hear a from Bishop Lane. 
Workshops include:
  • New Liturgical Expressions 
  • New Ideas for the Church of the Future
  • Christian Formation for Kids
  • Pray Yin: Christian Yoga
  • In Their Shoes: Refugee Experience
  • Getting to Know your Community
  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Living Local: Joining God
  • Everyday Theology
  • Spirituality of Self Care
  • Loving All Our Neighbors
  • Low Cost Communication 
  • Church Finances 101
  • Wisdom for Vestries. 
  • Ministry for Lay People
  • Theological Reflection
  • Songs for the World that is Coming
  •  Eucharistic Visitor Training
  • Our Story in God's Story.
Check out details, workshop summaries, and register here

Please hare this flyer and bulletin insert with your church.

Two Roads Diverge: Choose Life - an afternoon conversation about Ignatian Discernment

The Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine invites all to this presentation on "how to make good, spiritually-based decisions" on Sunday, May 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  at St. Pius Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland,  (across from Payson Park). Ample parking is available. A free-will offering will be taken to support future Partnership Programs. This event is sponsored by an ecumenical group whose members include the Rev. Ellen Shaver and Alan Shaver of St. Paul's, Brunswick; the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy; Jane Hartwell; andthe  Rev. Gail Chandler.

Summer is coming...and so is the annual diocesan Adult Retreat at Camp Bishopwood

Where Do You Find God?, 
a diocesan retreat - June 15-17

Join us for a weekend on beautiful Lake Megunticook, at Bishopswood near Camden, Maine.  The annual retreat is an opportunity to step away from the busyness of everyday life and be refreshed.

This year, we'll use Celtic and Ignatian resources to help us connect with Christ in nature, scripture, community, and the depths of our hearts. We'll seek to deepen our awareness of Jesus and open ourselves in generosity and compassion.  We'll also enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, the out-of-doors, campfires and the lake.  

Check out the details, see what people are saying about past retreats, and register on the webpage

For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at   Click here for a flyer .

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