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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 17 ~  August 25, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

all those in the path of Hurricane Harvey as it makes landfall along the Texas coast today. 

For people facing great uncertainty

God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to them
as they wait in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

From the New Zealand Prayerbook, p. 747

the family of the Rev. Daniel Kunhardt, 90, of Brunswick upon his death on August 10. Dan served for many years in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts before retiring to Maine. He was married to retired diocesan staffer, Mary Lou Lavallee. His obituary may be found here.

Voices among us...

Bishop Lane's open letter to Maine Episcopalians in the wake of Charlottesville

A video message from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, "Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community.

Video of speakers and resources from the 2016 Trinity Institute: "Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice" 

Around the Diocese...

Bishop Lane calls for his successor

Bishop Lane drumming in the Great Hall at Bishopswood on Thursday
On August 24, Bishop Stephen Lane shared a letter with the diocese announcing his retirement in mid-2019 and call for the election of a new diocesan bishop. His letter was accompanied by a letter from the Rev. Maria Hoecker, Presiding of the Standing Committee, outlining the process and time table. 

You may read both letters on Bishop Lane's blog, Round Maine. Letterhead copies, suitable for printing and sharing with your congregations, are posted: Bishop Lane's letter and the  Standing Committee letter.

Bishop Lane writes:  "Serving as your bishop is the greatest joy of my life in the Church, and I look forward to continuing that service for the next two years. The work of following Jesus goes on even as we make preparations for our diocesan future, and I will remain fully engaged as your bishop until the moment I pass the crozier to my successor."

Maria Hoecker writes: 

"As followers of Jesus, we believe that all orders of ministry: the laity, deacons, priests, and bishops are one within the Body of Christ by virtue of our baptism. Through the variety of our prayers and experience across the Diocese, we trust that the Holy Spirit will guide and inspire us through these seasons of endings and beginnings.

"Meanwhile, we continue to share our diverse gifts created by God's abundant love. Your Standing Committee invites you to keep our Diocese, Bishop Lane and Gretchen, and our next bishop in your daily prayers as we enter this season of growing in our life together.

"All shall be well."

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

"Loving our Neighbor in Times of Distrust" at St. Paul's, Brunswick, August 29
Click image for flyer

Come to a Community Conversation to share ideas that:
  • Promote love in your neighborhood
  • Encourage civil discourse in your community
  • Disarm hatred using the 10 community recommendations of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Tuesday, August 29, 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at  St. Paul's, Brunswick. 

All are welcome, r efreshments provided.

Just a few spots left!  Register now for "Faith-Rooted Organizing with Alexia Salvatierra," September 15-16

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, in partnership with The Episcopal Church's Office of Social Justice and the Diocese of New Hampshire, will host a workshop with the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.

A Lutheran pastor, Salvatierra is the author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. This workshop, open to all Episcopalians in New England, will be limited to 40 participants. Because of support from The Episcopal Church, the training-session is deeply subsidized to make it affordable to all.

 A registration fee of $75 will cover the program, materials, one night lodging (double), and three meals. A registration fee of $50 is open to commuters.  Register today. 
Click here for a flyer or here for a full schedule.

Registration for the 198th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine is now open

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
  • Early Registration Fee through October 2nd: $30.00
  • Regular Registration Fee through October 11th: $35.00

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Pinney at

Also, check here for online submission forms for nominations to diocesan office (and a list of open offices) and resolutions to be considered by Convention. The deadline for both nominations and resolutions is Friday, September 8.

Clergy events in 2017 and beyond...

Please mark your calendar and save the dates. Updated information will be available soon and posted on the diocesan web calendar; registration is required for all events except ordination.  For more information please contact Barbara Martin at   

Thursday, Oct 5: Fall Clergy Gathering with the Bishop (South),  location TBA
Saturday, Oct 14: Fall Clergy Gathering with the Bishop (North),  Palmyra
Tuesday, November 7: Clergy Day, location TBA

Sunday, February 25 - Tuesday, February 27:  Annual Clergy Retreat: Samoset Inn, Rockport (residential retreat; no commuters, please)
Tuesday, March 20: Clergy morning with the Bishop; Chrism Eucharist/Renewal of Vows, Waterville
Saturday, April 28: Spring Training Day (clergy program included during the training day)
Tuesday, June 5: Holding for Clergy Day
Saturday, June 16:  Holding for Ordination(s), St. Luke's Cathedral 

Not yet scheduled for 2018:  Spring Clergy Gatherings, Retired Clergy Luncheons and Deacons' Day with the Bishop

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