John Hennessy, Director of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, encountered Seth, Anna, Ada & Elwyn (pictured above) from Lincoln County who were at the State House during Advocacy Days. This young family didn't know exactly how to lobby their legislators  but God brought them together with John, who was able to connect them to their representative and other state legislators who have a strong interest in farming and the environment. "Love God, Love Neighbor" in action!

 The Dio Log 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine   since 1999
Volume 21, Number 7  ~  April 4, 2019
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What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...

the life of  Rt. Rev. Harold A. Hopkins, Jr.,  known to many as 
"Hoppy,"  who will be buried  on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth, at 2 p.m. Hoppy was the founding rector of St Bart's, beginning meetings there in a garage! Read more about his life here The service of remembrance and thanksgiving will be led by the current and former rectors of St Bart's and by Bishop Lane.  Clergy are invited, but there will be no procession or special seating.   Praise God for all the saints. May Hoppy rest in peace and rise in glory.  
the Rev. Kerry Mansir as she begins serving as Christ Church, Gardiner 's priest-in-charge

the Rev. Sheila Seekins who joins Trinity Church, Lewiston to serve as priest-in-charge

everyone attending Chrism Eucharist and to clergy renewing their Ordination Vows on
Thursday, April 11th at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland 
Thanksgiving for...
Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church upon formally celebrating their life as a
federated church at a service on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The service was presided over jointly by Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Bishop Stephen Lane of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, and began with the renewal of baptismal vows. 
The focus of the service was the unity we find in Christ, and we cel
ebrated the unity between Episcopalians and Lutherans as a sign of the unity God intends for all people. The service was marked by joyful singing, supported by a joint choir from Emmanuel and from the Episcopal Church of Saints Matth ew & Barnabas, and wonderful instrumental music. Emmanuel's leadership,  Bet ty Balderston, Connie Macdonald, and interim priest in charge, Rev. Suzanne Colburn, offered warm remembrances and thanksgivings for God's grace along the way and for all the folks who had had important roles in the process of federation. Tours were offered of Bridging the Gap, the continuing ministries that are an essential part of Emmanuel's life.  It was a wonderful celebration. God is good. All the time.
From the Presiding Bishop...

Good Friday Offering 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
I greet you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am writing to you as we look ahead to Holy Week, with its focus on our Lord's sacrificial offering of love on the cross. The Good Friday Offering of our Church is one way to help connect the love of Christ on the cross with our support of the ongoing ministry of love and compassion carried out by our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
Whether funding a hospital in Gaza or the West Bank, or an eye clinic in Aden, or women's programs, or summer camps and leadership training for young people, the Good Friday Offering is making a difference in the lives of so many. I have witnessed this Jesus-inspired compassion and commitment at work with my own e y es. I believe our partnership with those who keep the faith of Jesus alive in the region, where our Lord walked and began his movement, is a significant aspect of our work as part of the church catholic.
I hope you will participate in this effort. Please visit where you will find bulletin covers, bulletin inserts, and other helpful information. Any questions about this program may be directed to the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, our Middle East Partnership Officer. He can be reached at
Thank you for considering this important witness to the love of Jesus across our Church. May God bless you and keep you always. I remain 
Your brother in Christ, 
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate 
Around the Diocese...

Responding to Maine's Opioid Crisis 

Working with experts from non-profits and in coordination with the Town of Falmouth, Saint Mary's invites you and the greater community to play a role in responding to Maine's opioid crisis. Visit  Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, Falmouth for educational presentations and discussions on April 28th & June 9th from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Admission free; families encouraged; light refreshment served. FMI: 207-781-2665.
Spring Training: Diocesan Workshop Day 

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth at South Parish Church in Augusta on Saturday, April 27th. With 22 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. There's no cost for this event, but please register  by Easter.

Schedule | FAQs | Register Now!

Share the news with your congregation! Download a Spring Training flyer or a bulletin insert here. 

If you want to display information about a ministry or church program, you can reserve a exhibit table  here

Bring your own lunch or reserve an optional $8 brown bag lunch when you register and pay for it when you arrive. All proceeds will benefit the Diocesan Mission Exchange trip. 

Find all of the information above and the registration link at
Voices of Faith and the Faithful in Maine 

We are pleased to invite you to a special evening to honor Bishop Stephen T. Lane on the occasion of his retirement as the 9th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. 
Bishop Lane has been a leading voice of faith on many issues during his time in Maine. We are bringing other leaders to talk about some of those policy areas including Senator Angus King (invited), Ms. Heidi Shott, Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison, Rev. Suzanne Roberts, MD, Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely - Bishop of Vermont, Rev. Jane Field, Mr. Ben Chin and Dr. Reza Jalali. After the issue talks we will shift to a panel discussion with Rt. Rev. Robert Deeley, Rabbi Erica Asch, Rev. Deborah Blood and Bishop Lane. 

Please join us at University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall on Wednesday, April 24th for 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Register here. 
Reconnecting with Creation 
Annual Diocesan Retreat - June 14-16 on Lake Megunticook at Camp Bishopswood, near Camden

As human beings, we are each part of the divinely created world. In spite of our busy lives, we are connected to nature, to one another, and to Christ. The annual retreat is an opportunity to step away from everyday life and explore these connections through deep conversations, scripture, worship, art, poetry and quiet reflection. Draw closer to God by immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the lake and woods and by joining with others to explore God's love for all of creation. In the words of Psalm 19, "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork."

The design team this year is Merle Marie Troeger, Deirdre Good, Jean Cavanaugh, and Jane Hartwell. FMI and register at

Regional Confirmation to be held May 5th
A Diocese of Maine Regional Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at the Cathedral of Saint Luke, Portland. Congregations interested in participating should be in touch with the Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh at 772-5434 or  
Saying Farewell to the Lanes
Two Farewell Gatherings for Bishop Steve and Gretchen Lane are planned for May. The events will offer clergy, members of the diocese and friends the opportunity to share memories and offer gratitude and thanks to Bishop Lane and Gretchen for their stewardship and pastoral leadership of the Diocese of Maine for the past 11 years. All are welcome to attend!
The Northern Farewell will take place  May 11th in Orono at the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center, with a Holy Eucharist beginning at 2pm and a farewell reception* to follow.  
The Southern Farewell will take place  May 17-18th in Portland beginning Friday evening, May 17th at 5pm at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel with a farewell reception*. A  Festive Holy Eucharist at 10 am on Saturday, May 18th at St. Luke's Cathedral, followed by hospitality and the unveiling of the Bishop's official portrait.
Registration is required for all events, but purchased tickets ($20) are only required to attend the receptions*. Registration and ticket sales are only available in advance. 
Registration and ticket sale information will be coming soon! Stay tuned!
Please visit for updates. 
Contact Kate Wing at with any questions. 
Adult and Family Programs at Camp Bishopswood 

Spring Work Weekend - May 3-5
Everyone is welcome
Stay for the weekend or just come on Saturday.  Give a helping hand! Lodging and meals provided. click here

Open House Weekend - May 31-June 2
The overnight is a great time for families to come and spend one or two nights experiencing camp with their children. click here

Open House Afternoon - Sun., June 2
Everyone is welcome from 1:00 - 3:00pm
At this traditional open house, you can take a tour of camp, swim, canoe and see what Bishopswood has to offer.

Annual Diocesan Retreat: Reconnecting with Creation - June 14-16
Join with others to explore God's love for all of creation. click here

Summer Finale Camp - August 22-25 Thur.- Sun.
Everyone is welcome
Experience a wonderful, meaningful time in this all-ages camp community. Unplug, relax, grow, play and enjoy life in God's creation. click here
Upcoming in Maine and Beyond
Middle School Summer White Mountains Trip ~ July 14-17

Middle schoolers, look here! Join youth throughout the diocese for a walk in the woods of New Hampshire's White Mountains July 14 - 17. We will eat good food, play games, hike, worship, pray and enjoy creation. No fitness level or experience is necessary just a willingness to try. Youth from all over the state of Maine are invited to join. 

Space is limited so please register by May 1st to secure a spot. Register here or click here to read more details. Adult leaders will be Meredith Cough, Peter Durgin, and Peggy Schnack. We look forward to seeing you soon, summer will be here before we know it! Questions? Contact Youth Missioner Sara D'Angio White.
Lenten Quiet Afternoon in Bangor

All are invited to join St. John's in Bangor with the Rev. Jonathan Appleyard on Sunday, April 7th from 4:00pm to 630pm to begin Holy Week with a time of reflection and prayer, Come Away with me for a while, a Lenten Quiet afternoon for members and friends of St. John's Episcopal Church.  Rev. Appleyard will base several meditations on Jesus' invitation to make separate time and space for prayer. Supper to follow for those who can stay. Please RSVP to the church office at View flyer here.
Generosity Transformed Conference for Stewardship

Register for the Generosity Transformed Conference April 30th to May 2nd in Indiana. The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Episcopal Bishop of Indianapolis, will lead the list of keynote speakers at the event.  Register here

Empty Bowls Supper in Auburn

An Empty Bowls Supper to benefit Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston's soup kitchen will be held Sunday, May 5th at First Universalist Church, 150 Spring Street in Auburn. Doors open at 4:30pm.  Visit for more event info and early admission tickets.

National Preaching Conference for Parish Clergy June 4-7th in CT

Join a group of practicing parish clergy that will gather at a 4-day residential Preaching Excellence Program (PEP-II) June 4-7th at Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, CT. Most PEP-II students are clergy within their first 3-7 years of parish ministry that have a solid foundation in preparing and delivering weekly sermons and are aspiring to step-up their preaching power. 

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF) subsidizes attendance at PEP-II for practicing parish clergy. Student registration costs $300, while the remaining balance, including travel and accommodations, is funded by EPF.  All practicing Episcopal parish clergy are invited to register. Find more info and register by April 26th at

UTO Camino Pilgrimage in October

October 5th-14th 2019, the United Thank Offering is thrilled to offer a UTO Pilgrims on the Camino, a pilgrimage that combines portions of walking the Camino with visits to UTO grant sites in Madrid and Northwest Spain. This pilgrimage is for walkers and non-walkers alike and is intended to be not only a spiritual adventure but also an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the planning of an Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago. Just a few spots left! Find more info and register by visiting
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