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

Volume 20, Number 8 ~  April 27 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

the family of the Rev. Joan Preble, long-time deacon at St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth, who died on April 13.  A liturgy of remembrance and celebration will be held at St. Dunstan's on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Clergy are invited to process. White stoles, please. 

Joan's obituary is here.  A lovely tribute in the Ellsworth American may be found here.

All those who will attend the Diocesan Education Day, Spring Training, in Augusta on Saturday.

Congratulations to ...

Sherri Dietrich, of St. Andrew's, Newcastle, who, beginning in July, will serve as President on the United Thank Offering Board of Directors.

Bishop Steve Lane , writer, and  Heidi Shott , editor, who received a Polly Bond Award for Excellence in the category of editorial/commentary from Episcopal Communicators for the November 2017 op-ed, " Despair should serve as a wake-up call,"  published in the
Maine Sunday Telegram. 

Heidi also received an honorable mention award for her essay, "Called to Dinner, Together," published in the BTS Center blog, Bearings.

Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, upon receiving a $10,000 grant from The Episcopal Church Office of Social Justice and Advocacy. This marks the third and final grant, for a total of $60,000 since late 2015, to support the work of the MENJ. Learn more on the MENJ web page, join the MENJ Facebook group,  or contact MENJ Director John Hennessy at

Arise Portland, a Portland-based ministry for young adults led by the Rev. Kit Wang, upon receiving a Young Adult and Campus Ministry grant for $5,000 from The Episcopal Church.

In the news ...

Laundry Love, a ministry of St. David's, Kennebunk, and Seeds of Hope Jubilee Center, Biddeford, that received a 2018 New Initiative Fund grant from the Diocese of Maine, was profiled this week in the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier. Great work!

Around the Diocese...

Can't make it to Spring Training tomorrow?
Watch live from home

Watch Bishop Steve Lane as he offers his message to those gathered in Augusta for Spring Training tomorrow, Saturday, April 28. We will live-cast the plenary session beginning at 11:15 a.m. on the Diocese of Maine YouTube channel. Check it out in real time or watch it later on-demand at

Camp Bishopswood is featured in the latest episode of Faith in Maine
a podcast telling stories of life and faith across the Diocese

Listen to Episode 3: A place where it's always summer at 

Catch up with  Episode 2: The Toilet Paper Pantry  and  Episode 1:  Mudseason.   

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

Audio snapshots featuring the voices of the people of the Episcopal Church in Maine talking about life and ministry in eight or nine minutes flat!

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 

Update! St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center seeks an executive director (but now there's a $6,000 a year stipend!)

St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center 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. At its board meeting earlier this week, members approved a $500 per month stipend for the executive director post.

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

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church made easy

Every wonder what General Convention is and what goes on there. 
For the ever-game Dick Rozene of St. Ann's, Windham, Austin will be his second GC. He has been invited to serve on the Congregational and Diocesan Vitality Committee.

In advance of the 79th gathering in Austin, Texas, this summer, the Diocese of Texas has created this fun and  handy booklet to explain it all.  Check it out!

Stay-tuned for ways to keep tabs on coverage of General Convention and your Maine deputation - including Deputy of the Day posts wherein that day's deputy shares a post (voluntarily) and wears the lobster hat on the floor of the House of Deputies (mostly voluntarily) as well as Bishop Lane's nightly video recaps, news from Episcopal News Service, Corridor Conversation videos with Maine deputies and friends.

Also, for real time, updates beginning July 3, join the "Mainers in Austin" Facebook group.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

All are welcome to a Derby Party at Christ Church, Gardiner, to raise funds for their partner school in Haiti

Deacon Shield
Two opportunities in Maine to ask: What is a Deacon? How does one become a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in Maine? 

Have you ever wondered what Deacons really do?  You might see them on Sunday morning, they might talk about opportunities to serve in the greater community, and they might even ask you to help.  

Find out the answers to these questions and any other questions that you might have regarding the Diaconate at Deacon Discovery Days:

Saturday, May 12, at St. Patrick's, Brewer, and Saturday, May 19, at St. Mary's, Falmouth. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Archdeacon Aaron Perkins at or text 207.752.3431.

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 .

Save the Date! Parish Administrators' Collaborative (PAC) Event

The Diocese of Maine's Parish Administrators Collaborative (PAC) Steering Committee is hosting a program day for parish administrators on Monday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's in Brewer.  Morning refreshments and lunch provided.  And it's free!

The Rev. Hannah Anderson will be the guest presenter. Hannah is an artist, professional life coach, organization consultant, retreat designer/leader and an Episcopal priest. Learn more about Hannah's work on her website " Golden Thread Coaching and Consultation ." 

Registration to be available soon.

Summer Finale Camp at Bishopswood this August

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine and Camp Bishopswood invite you to join us for Summer Finale Camp, August 20-26.

We have two tracks - one for older youth and one for families, couples, and individuals. Youth completing grades 6-12 are invited to join the Youth Cabins for a week of typical camp activities - swimming, boating, running around in the woods - while at the same time deepening their spiritual lives.  

Find out more at  

Families, couples, and individuals are invited to unplug, relax, grow, play and enjoy life in God's creation.  

Full and half-week camping options are available. Find out dates, details, and lots more at  

We hope you will join us this summer!

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