News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 24, Number 15
August 4, 2022
Around The Diocese
Bishop Brown sends updates from Lambeth
LGBTQIA+ bishops (and one bishop-elect) at the Lambeth Conference: L-R, Deon Johnson, bishop diocesan, Missouri; Jeffrey Mello, bishop elect, Connecticut; Mary Glasspool, bishop assistant, New York; Cherry Vann, bishop diocesan, Monmouth, Wales; Kevin Robertson, bishop assistant, Toronto, Canada; Thomas James Brown, bishop diocesan, Maine, and Bonnie Perry, bishop diocesan, Michigan.
Bishops from across the Anglican Communion have gathered for the 15th Lambeth Conference ‘God’s Church for God’s World – walking, listening and witnessing together’ in Canterbury, the United Kingdom.

Bishop Brown sent an update and the photo above this week from the conference: "We are grateful for the love, support and prayer extended to us from around the world. We are delighted to gather with our siblings from across the Communion to pray, listen and learn, and join Archbishop Justin Welby’s call to walk and witness united together in Jesus Christ."
Bishops of The Episcopal Church in New England (Province 1) continue to share their thoughts on the themes of Lambeth like the one here from Bishop Brown on "Communion". Watch for these daily reflections on our social media channels through August 8.
Join the diocese for Summer Finale
Families and households throughout Maine are invited to celebrate the end of summer together at Camp Bishopswood. Spend a night or two cabin or tent camping while you swim, boat, hike, rest, and worship on scenic Lake Megunticook. All meals included.

There will be free diocese-wide programming during the day on Saturday, August 27 including worship. Come for the day or stay for the weekend!

Scholarships are available. Click here to register for Summer Finale. Cabins and tenting available.
It's Convention Resolution Season!
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine will assemble via Zoom for the 203rd Annual Convention on Saturday, October 22.
The deadline for submitting a resolution for diocesan convention is fast approaching (September 16th)! 

If you have an idea for a resolution — or want to learn more about the process — mark your calendar for August 16th at 7:00pm. The Resolutions Committee is hosting a learning session and workshop focused on crafting a resolution, the life cycle of a diocesan resolution, and a look back at the impact of previous resolutions passed in the Diocese of Maine.

Who can submit a resolution? You! Resolutions can be submitted by parishioners in good standing, convention delegates, parishes, interim bodies, justice councils, and the Bishop. Resolutions call on the Convention to take specific legislative action, such as amending the Canons, creating/funding/starting a particular initiative, or enacting specific policies and procedures.

Resolution Learning Session
Tuesday, August 16th
7:00 pm on Zoom
Click here to register

To view past convention resolutions and resolution-related resources, those are here on our Episcopal Maine website.
To view past convention resolutions and resolution-related resources, those are here on our Episcopal Maine website.
All information about the 2022 Convention on the Convention page of the Episcopal Maine website as it becomes available. For more information, contact Canon Barbara Martin via email or at 207.772.1953 x 125.
News From Our Congregations
St. Paul's, Fort Fairfield served up their famous Chicken BBQ at The 75th Potato Blossom Festival last month. It took many hands and helpers. Here's some of the smiling crew - Mary, Ruthie, Christine, Brenda, Sarah, Sharon & Heather!
St. Giles in Jefferson held a Country Fair on their church grounds last weekend filled with pies, vendors, raffles and auctions. The fair offered tons of children's booths and activities -- sand art, obstacle course, beanbag toss, and the main event: hobby horse jumping!
Grace Church, Bath has so much gratitude for their garden ladies who keep the Memorial Garden looking beautiful - even in this hot weather! Here we see Avanel Payne, Junior Warden and 'garden lady' clearing some branches.
Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal spread the word that Bridging the Gap in Augusta is in need of the following types of clothing. Please check your closets and drawers!

  • Men's T-shirts (S-4XL)
  • Men's Pants (waist 28"-37")
  • Women's Dresses (Large & XL),
  • Girls and Boys (10/12, 14/16, 18/20)

Call Melissa at 207-458-7088 for an appointment to drop off. You can also visit their website to learn other ways to contribute. Thank you!
St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth is calling for art exhibitors! They invite local artists to exhibit their work in their Bonoff Gallery space. The venue offers roughly 80 feet of gallery white walls, excellent lighting, ample parking, a commercial kitchen for events, and a loving intergenerational community that celebrates creativity and beauty. The parish seeks to support local artists, to help them sell their work, and to allocate a portion of proceeds to local charitable organizations doing the work of mercy and justice in Greater Portland. Interested artists should email for an exhibitor application. Help spread the word!
A part-time sexton position is open at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden. The 10 hours per week includes: cleaning, event set-up, maintenance, additional hours for outside work. $15 an hour. Flexible hours. For more information or to apply, please email.
Voices Among Us
'A wave of love': Episcopal bishops join march

Over a dozen Episcopal bishops joined a march across the campus of the University of Kent, site of the Lambeth Conference, on July 27 to show support for LGBTQ+ inclusion ...

Read more
www.episcopalnewsservice.org
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is among an estimated 650 Anglican bishops worldwide—including more than 100 Episcopal bishops—attending the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury. He shared a video message after bishops discussed the Lambeth Call on Human Dignity on August 2. Read all Lambeth Calls here. Read a transcript of his message here.
Listen to the latest Faith in Maine podcast in our series focusing on the four themes from Bishop Brown's 2021 diocesan convention address: Listen, Connect, Adapt, Hope. We speak with special guest, Bishop Glenda Curry of the The Episcopal Church in Alabama, on the theme of adapting and adopting a practice of prayer. Check it our here on faithinmaine.org.
Church Publishing recently came out with the 2nd Edition of Living Water: Baptism as a Way of Life written by Klara Tammany of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lewiston. Living Water is an eight-session program designed for baptismal preparation for Episcopalians, but also relevant to all Christians.
Prayers
We offer prayers and thanks to The Cheneys who will retire from St. Ann's in Kennebunkport this month. The Rev. Peter Cheney has served as their priest for 20 years; his wife, Kiki Cheney is the parish administer.
Together we pray for the Rev. Sue Cole upon her retirement. She celebrated her final Eucharist with the people of St. Luke's, Wilton on July 17.
We continue to pray for the end of the conflict in Ukraine and for those suffering from the violence.
Let us pray for those touched by suicide in anyway and do all we can to help prevent suicide. Share the news about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
Resources
Register now Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life
The Ignatian Spirituality Partnership of Maine invites you to practice the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life with a retreat beginning in early October 2022 and running through June 2023. It's for people who live in or near Maine, and there are options that would permit someone to be fully remote.

In this retreat, pray imaginatively with scripture and explore spiritual resources for decision making, growing closer in authentic friendship with Jesus and finding a greater awareness of God working in your life. Meetings will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month online, and they also offer individual or group spiritual direction monthly (online or in person). It requires you to set aside 3/4 hour for prayer and reflection each day, which is the crux of the retreat.

Find out more and apply at IgnatianME.org or contact Jane Hartwell or the Rev. Holly Hoffmann. Space often fills up, so apply soon.
Fundamentals of Faith courses available this fall
This Fall, all six "Fundamentals of Faith" courses will be available from Pathways for Baptismal Living at Bexley Seabury Seminary, giving flexible, affordable, access to the experience and wisdom of seasoned instructors and other members of their learning communities. These courses can be taken separately or in series.

Once registered, you will join a learning community for 4-8 weeks, depending on the course. Together you will engage 3-4 hours/week of reading, watching videos, and interacting with peers and your instructor in online text-based discussions that you can schedule to do when you want (asynchronous) each week as well as through live conversations via Zoom (synchronous). Click here or on the image above to learn more.
Diocesan Event Calendar
Save these dates below! For the full events calendar, click here.

AUGUST
16 Resolutions Learning Session
26-28 Summer Finale Weekend

SEPTEMBER
16 Nominations and Resolutions Due
27 Clergy Day with the Bishop, Christ Church Gardiner
27 Town Hall: Intro to Convention / Area Caucus

OCTOBER
4 Town Hall: Budget, Rules of Order, Resolutions
11Town Hall: Resolutions, Consent Calendar
18 Town Hall: Pre-Convention
19 Diocesan Convention Registration Deadline
22 Diocesan Convention
25 Town Hall: Convention Debrief and Thanksgivings for the Town Hall Program