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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 9 ~  April 28, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Congratulations to...

The Rev. Susan Berry Taylor (Diocese of Vermont) and the people of St. Andrew's, Winthrop, as they join together in ministry beginning May 1. Welcome Susan!  Here's a brief piece in the Kennebec Journal about her arrival.

The Rev. Lisa Smith Fry (Diocese of Arkansas) and the people of St. Thomas', Camden, as they begin ministry together on June 15. Welcome Lisa!

Prayers for...

the Rev. Sheila Anne Seekins who will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at St. John Baptist, Thomaston. All are welcome. Reception to follow. Clergy wishing to process are asked to gather at 10:30 a.m. White or festive stoles.

Around the Diocese...

Presiding Bishop announces covenant agreement in the Diocese of Haiti

As announced in December by the Presiding Bishop, Bishop Lane was one of three people assigned to a panel to investigate, listen, and report on the conflict between leadership in the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. Based on the panel's recommendations, an agreement for moving forward has been reached by all parties.

Read Bishop Curry's announcement and the agreement here . Thanks to Bishop Lane for his willingness to offer his gifts to the wider church to help the Diocese of Haiti move forward from significant conflict.

Check out our photo album of Holy Week and Easter around the Diocese of Maine

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to be included in this album.   (Additional photos are welcome. Email them to Heidi Shott at .)

Check out some of the Diocese of Maine's other 35 photo albums, marking diocesan and general conventions as well as many other events over the past ten years here

And - if you are really procrastinating - check out some of the 167 videos offered on the Diocese of Maine YouTube channel beginning with the 2008 Lambeth Conference.  .

Position open at St. George's, York Harbor

St. George's, York Harbor, is seeking a compassionate person of faith to serve as our part-time Minister for Children, Youth and Families. This person will lead and work alongside parents and the congregation to help our parish envision new and creative models of ministry for the future. Our new leader will build strong relationships with children, youth and families. She or he will connect with the church and wider community through clear personal communication and through social media and other technologies.

Applications from lay or ordained candidates will be accepted until May 3 or until the job is filled. To receive full consideration, a resume and cover letter should be sent to the Parish Administrator, Jennifer Davidson  at

All applicants should be prepared to undergo an extensive background check. St. George's Episcopal Church is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, age, religion or political beliefs.

Summer Finale Week - A new summer program for all ages at Bishopswood
The all-ages camp at Bishopswood - August 21-27 (1/2 week options are available)

The Diocese of Maine and Camp Bishopwood invite you to join us for our first-ever Summer Finale Camp. Everyone is welcome - families, adults, grandparents and grandkids, teens, and young adults. 

Enjoy a wonderful, meaningful time in this camp community. Bishopswood is one of the most beautiful places to experience a week of Maine summer. The camp is being designed by Mike Douglass, Kerry Mansir, the Rev. Tim Higgins, Emily Keniston, Thew Elliott, Fred Fowler and Jane Hartwell.  

Visit the Bishopswood website or check out this brochure for more on Summer Finale Week. Register at 

Youth Camp at Summer Finale Week for kids completing grades 6-12

Middle and high school kids are invited to the Youth Events Camp which takes place during Summer Finale Week at Bishopswood. It will be similar to BION Camp, which was offered from 1999 to 2016. There are a few half-week slots for kids who have pre-season sports. 

Financial aid is available so no teen needs to be excluded because of inability to pay. Find out more here

Register here.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Register Now: Playing with Fire: The Parables of Jesus, a diocesan retreat for adults - June 9-11

Join us for a weekend at Camp Bishopswood on beautiful Lake Megunticook near Camden, to enrich your heart, mind and soul. This retreat is for everyone who has wondered what Jesus had in mind when he told a parable. Moral teaching? Confounding truth? Topsy-turvey gospel? Read, pray, sing and embody the parables with others who are wondering the same things. The weekend will be hosted by Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, Merle Marie Troeger, Jane Hartwell and musician Thew Elliott.

There is financial aid for everyone who needs it and also scholarships for Sunday school teachers and youth event volunteers. For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at

 Download an information flyer and register at

2017 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference, July 21 - 23

"Your Spirit. Your world. Connecting Heart, Earth & Soul." 
Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor, Maine
Friday and Saturday July 21-22, 2017.

Once again St Francis, Blue Hill, will bring some of the country's prominent spiritual leaders to Maine for its 2017 Downeast Spiritual Life conference. This year's conference features Mirabai Starr as keynote speaker. Mirabai has been called a "luminary" in the emerging inter-spiritual movement that focuses on the loving spirituality that is common to all the world's religions.

Joining Mirabai as workshop presenters will be Indie Spiritualist Chris Grosso, Muslim slam poet Mona Haydar, meditative gong musician Todd Glacy, eco-activist Fletcher Harper, and Dana Sawyer, professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art.

In addition to six workshops and Mirabai's keynote "Saying Yes to the Call of Love," the conference will offer meditation; Quigong; a concert with Jenny Bird; and a cook-out complete with bonfire and sacred drumming.

This conference is limited to 125 people so please register early.For complete information or to register go to or call the office at St. Francis at 374.5200.

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