The Dio Log

news & events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 22, Number 7
April 9, 2020

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News for the Episcopal Church in Maine
Today's meditation for Maundy Thursday   (above) by the Rev. Cn. Michael Ambler is one of three videos from the diocese for Holy Week. Look for Good Friday and Easter videos on our social media channels tomorrow and Sunday.
for essential workers who cannot self-quarantine because their services are needed. We pray for their safety, good humor, and peace as they perform their duties.

A prayer during the 2020 pandemic

Lord Jesus Christ, who fell asleep in a rocking boat before calming a mighty storm; Come to all who are being tossed about by COVID-19.
Steady the fears of the healthy, comfort the hearts of the newly diagnosed, and place your steady hand of loving care upon the sick and dying.
And as you promised to give us your peace, make us channels of your calm confidence that, steadfast in your assurances, we might model your non-anxious presence in our worried and weary world.
This we ask of the Father who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.

Thanks goes to Rebecca Taylor, a retired Christian formation professional from the Diocese of Massachusetts, for composing this prayer and authorizing it to be shared.  
Voices among us
Bishop Brown was a guest on Maine Calling on Tuesday. He joined other faith leaders to discuss how Maine's religious communities are adapting to COVID-19. Listen here on Maine Public .

Presiding Bishop   Curry offers his Habits of Grace meditation for the week of April 6 here, His Eye is on the Sparrow and his Word to the Church: On Our Theology of Worship which you may wish to read and share with your congregation during Holy Week.

The Rev. Alice Downs , a retired, former hospice chaplain living in Southwest Harbor, is quoted in this ENS story about the TryTank's phone "Dial-a-Priest" ministry which offers to pray last rites with those dying of coronavirus. Read the full article here .

WMTW-TV interviewed the Rev. Eleanor Prior of the Cathedral of St. Luke for their story, Maine churches, synagogues make changes for Holy Week, Passover due to coronavirus .

St. Columba's, Boothbay is broadcasting a weekly podcast of Celtic Evening Prayers with readings appointed for each Sunday. Find it most places you download podcasts and here on their website, Celtic Evening Prayer podcast .

The Very Rev. Ben Shambaugh , Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke , is quoted in this Portland Press Herald column: Bill Nemitz: Praying, one way or another, as if our lives depended on it .

Encouragement Coach and Parish Administrator from St. Peter's, Rockland , Kathrin Gabriel-Jones , shares words of hope in her essay, Welcome to the Party Pal We're Gonna Make It .
Holy Week Resources
Holy Week from Home booklet compiled by Bob Ludwig, Church of the Good Shepherd, Rangeley
The Three Days at Home , adapted for the Episcopal Church

Maine Episcopal Youth Holy Week youth-led worship online (grades 6-12)
Praying the Stations with Children booklet created by St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth
Canterbury Cathedral 8:30 pm Easter Vigil
Join congregations in Maine offering online worship (Please check with church for Holy Week offerings.)

If you have photos of your online or at-home worship you would like to share, please send them to us and they may be featured in a future social media post or Dio Log.
Around the diocese
Katie Clark joins diocesan staff

Long before the words “coronavirus”, “COVID-19” and “pandemic” were on the tips of our tongues, various leaders in the Diocese of Maine were working together to recruit a Director of Communications. I am thrilled to share the news that Katie Clark has accepted my invitation, and began working on Monday, 30 March. 

We had many applicants, all of whom had excellent qualifications, but one candidate stood out from the very beginning.

Katie Clark is a communications professional with experience at corporate and nonprofit organizations working both on the client and the agency side. She has worked with companies and organizations in industries including consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, live events, education, pharmaceutical, insurance, nonprofit, entertainment, and technology. Her clients have included Disney, Fidelity, Campbell's, the Mayo Clinic, Coca-Cola, the Maine Historical Society, and the Association of Junior Leagues International and more.

Read Bishop Brown 's full letter of introduction and welcome here .
Ring Bells with churches throughout the country
During this Holy Week and Easter, The Maine Council of Churches joins Christian Churches Together, Churches Uniting in Christ, and The National Council of Churches in inviting you to ring bells at 3:00 pm on Good Friday and noon on Easter Sunday.
In recognition and remembrance that injustice, suffering and death are a reality in this world.
Ring church bells, ring bells from open windows at home, and pause in prayerful mindfulness of all those impacted by the coronavirus—
the ill, the dying, the grieving, medical professionals and first responders,
essential workers whose jobs put them at risk, those who have lost their jobs,
and the marginalized who are being hardest hit.

To proclaim that love is stronger than death and hope is stronger than fear.
Ring church bells and bells from home once more,
this time in affirmation of the good news of Easter:
that death does not have the last word
and nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Sophia's House apartment available
The newly opened Sophia's House in Lewiston is a residential community of recovery for women who have survived trafficking/exploitation and possibly addiction or incarceration. In addition to the shared living for women in the two year program, the facility includes five income-generating apartments that help cover the cost of running the building, one of which is available.
The remaining apartment is an efficiency unit leased at $659/mo plus electricity. The qualifying person must have income of 80% median or $36,300. It's a good option for single, retired women or someone living on a fixed income and is walking distance to downtown Lewiston. Please contact Klara Tammany at to request an application or to make a financial contribution to Sophia's House. Find more information at .
The BTS Center supports faith leaders during COVID-19
The BTS Center is offering podcasts and webinars for clergy and people of faith to help us navigate ministry during this moment. They've partnered with Reports from the Spiritual Frontier  to release a podcast series and other resources to support and equip faith leaders. The Faith Leaders Online Prayer Huddle on Zoom will be held each Wednesday from 9:00 - 9:45 am. Visit for more information.
Bridging the Gap continues to serve those in need
Bridging the Gap , a ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church in Augusta , continues to operate their Everyday Basic Essentials Hygiene Pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. They're filling over 100 orders of important personal hygiene items and distributing them in "curbside" fashion and plan to develop a "drop-at-your-door" model soon. While they aren't accepting clothing donations, they are in need of toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, bar soap and feminine pads so that they can continue to serve the community. Financial contributions can be made using their secure portal .
Free feature film available for Faith Climate Action Week
Earth Vision Institute is providing the feature film for this year’s Faith Climate Action Week – The Human Element – and offering free viewing of the film online to all Interfaith Power & Light congregations, organizations, and individuals.

In this new documentary, environmental photographer James Balog, captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element relays captivating stories from coast-to-coast, inspiring us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Interfaith Power & Light suggests that you prepare your congregation in advance to view the film online at home during Faith Climate Action Week, April 17 – 26. On   Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm, John Hennessy , Diocesan Director of Advocacy and Networks, will facilitate a Zoom video conference call to discuss the film.

Email John for the Zoom link for the April 21 call or more information.
CEEP Network offering free webinars for churches
The CEEP Network is presenting a series of webinars as an offering to the church during this challenging time.They are free of charge but require registration. On April 15th at 3:00 pm, the topic is "Grieving Our Loss: A Webinar for the Church" .View the entire schedule, sign up and access video of past webinars at .
How to record online worship attendance
The Rev. Michael Barlowe , Executive Officer of the General Convention, assures senior church leadership not to worry too much about recording attendance numbers.
He states, “Most congregations and dioceses will record the number and kind of worship (Morning Prayer, streamed Eucharist, etc.); and list the virtual attendance separately as ‘virtual attendance’ or a similar designation, using whatever counting their digital media allows. That’s all that needs to be done right now." And continues, “The very fact that worship has continued under these unique circumstances – and not the numbers themselves – will be the real story of 2020.”
Collaborate with Maine clergy and faith leaders online
A special Facebook group, Episcopal Maine Clergy Creativity Collaborative (EMC3), has been created for clergy and leaders to share ideas, build a network of support, and maintain connection with each other. Please follow this link  to join the EMC3 group on Facebook.

Remembering our brothers and sisters in the Middle East during Holy Week

Earlier this year, Presiding Bishop Curry invited Episcopal parishes to consider supporting the  Good Friday Offering . Since 1922, Episcopalians have supported ministries of the dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East through special offerings during their Good Friday services. These offerings provide critical assistance to the ministries of this Province to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care, as well as health and educational programs throughout the region. 
Offerings may now be made through both a  secure donation webpage  as well as by texting “GFO” to 91999.