The Dio Log 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 21, Number 24  ~  December 19, 2019


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The Rev. Lauren Kay was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas Brown last Sunday at St. George's, Sanford, where Lauren has been serving as a deacon and now continues as rector. Watch part of the service online here
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...

the  Rev. Cn. Donald A. Nickerson executive officer through four General Conventions, upon his death on Dec. 9. Nickerson served as rector at St. Paul's, Brunswick for 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s and he  and his wife, Susan Martin, continued to attend services there in retirement. His  funeral will be held at St. Paul's in Brunswick on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 am. (Click here for full obituary and here to read an Episcopal News Service story about his life and ministry.)

the Rev. George Gaines Swanson, who in retirement served on MDI as a supply priest. He died on Dec. 5. A memorial service in Maine is being planned for July 2020. Read about his life here.

the Rev. Linda Turman Moore, who passed away on Nov. 28. Moore served for a time as Assistant Rector at Trinity, Lewiston. Read her full obituary here
Congratulations to...

the  Rev. Holly Hoffmann of St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, who has been chosen to recieve a "2020 Clergy Grant to Walk the Camino" by the Friends of the Anglican Centre in Santiago de Compostela. The grant will offset costs for her to  chaperone and lead a pilgrimage with the high school youth group at St. Alban's in the summer.  
Voices among us...
Around the Diocese...
Cathedral of St. Luke calls for warming center volunteers

The City of Portland's recent influx of asylum seekers and refugees has increased the immediate need for warming centers.  An average of 60 people, including children, are using warming centers which simply serve as a place for people to be out of the cold between meals and overnight shelter provided elsewhere. 

St Luke's Cathedral has offered to open their lower hall (located at 134 Park Street in Portland) to serve this purpose Wednesdays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm starting next week and continuing through the winter months.  The city needs the host to provide their own volunteers whose role is to provide a warm welcome and a presence in the building while the guests are around. 

Without volunteers, the warming center cannot operate. Please let St. Luke's know if you are able to help with this effort! Contact  Linda Carleton at
ME Chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship to meet Jan. 18

The Maine Chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship will begin the new year focusing on defining its mission and the goals necessary to realize that mission. Anyone interested in what EPF is and does in the Diocese of Maine is welcome to come to the meeting on Saturday morning, Jan. 18. at Grace Church, Bath. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and ends with a potluck lunch by 1:00 pm. Snow date is Jan. 25. For questions, email Co-Convener, Glenis Elliott at
Episcopal Church creates new liturgical revision website

A new website launched at provides Episcopalians with opportunities to participate in the liturgical revision called for by Resolution A068 of the 2018 General Convention. Developed by the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, the website includes draft documents that outline plans and principles to guide work on new liturgical texts. 
"We have posted our first three draft documents on the site, and we hope that Episcopalians from all parts of the church will read and comment on them," said the Rev. Dr. Nina Ranadive Pooley , vice-chair of the task force and rector of St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth . The website also serves as a clearinghouse of all liturgies already approved for use by General Convention. 
Faith formation leaders invited to conference March 5-7

Explore what it means to live the Way of Love past one program or program year with Jerusalem Greer, Episcopal Church Staff officer for Evangelism on March 5-7 in New Hampshire. Faith formation practitioners - lay and ordained, paid and non-stipend - from across New England will learn what they can do to help people live the Way of Love fully - as individuals, in small groups, and as a congregation - at any age or season of life, as well as why it matter for their lives.

This is a chance to share stories and discover how to bring the values, principles and practices of The Way of Love into a community practice, enjoy good food and rest and renew in the beautiful setting of Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Get more information and register here
Province I seeks coordinator

The Episcopal Church in New England, Province I, is seeking a new coordinator. The coordinator's primary focus will be facilitating new and emerging networks among the dioceses. Please read the description of this half-time position here. If you have any questions, please contact the Rev. Kit Wang, President, the Rev. Titus Presler, Treasurer, or the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Vice President.
Diocese of Maine Payroll Service announces change

With the first payroll of 2020, the per paycheck charge to users of the Diocese of Maine Payroll Service will increase from $3.00 per paycheck to $4.00 per paycheck. Note that this charge covers the payroll services of automatic pay transfers, quarterly and year end payroll tax submissions, and end of year W-2 reporting.  If you have any questions, please email either Tom Sumner tsumner@episcopalmaine.orgor Terry Reimer
New School for Ministry  launched by Diocese of NH

The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is launching a new training program that it hopes will make becoming a priest easier for people in different stages of their lives.

Rather than the traditional three years of training at seminary school, the diocese in New Hampshire will begin offering a certificate program next year that requires students to attend in-person trainings nine weekends a year while completing coursework independently from their home. The online curriculum will be  provided in part by the Iona Center at the Seminary of the Southwest. 

The Rev. Kelly Sundberg Seaman, has been appointed the School's Dean by Bishop Robert Hirschfeld. She began her duties December 1 and will lead in the development and launch of the School. Classes will begin in 2020 and in the future, they hope to roll out programs for lay ministers as well. Learn more about the School for Ministry here
Diocesan office will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 

The diocesan office will be closed Tue. Dec. 24 through Wed. Jan 1.  Staff will be enjoying the Christmas Day and New Year's Day holidays with their families but will be available to respond to urgent emails on the other days of the closure. Please also note that when Portland Schools are cancelled due to stormy weather, for everyone's safety, the diocesan office will also be closed.
EYE20 early applications due Jan. 1

Teens from across our global Episcopal Church will
  Unite! ¡Unámonos!  at EYE20, July 7-11 at the University of Maryland, College Park, right outside Washington, DC. Please consider encouraging current 9th-12th grade teens from your parish to apply to attend this triennial event.  Teens will sleep in college dorms, be a part of huge worship, take interesting workshops, and tour our nation's capital.

Early applications due Jan. 1. Extended deadline now Feb. 1, but space is limited, so EYE may fill up prior to this date. The total cost for youth is $100 for early registration or $200 after Jan. 1.  More information and application are available at . Questions? Contact  Sara D'Angio White  at  or (207) 772-1953 ext. 130.
Adult Formation: Epiphany Curriculum for 2020 available

Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering a seven-lesson Epiphany curriculum for individuals and congregations. This free resource is Episcopal Migration Ministries' contribution to the Good Book Club, a project that invites all Episcopalians to join in reading the Gospel of John during Epiphany 2020. 

Designed for adult Christian formation, the Epiphany Curriculum offers education and resources about asylum in the U.S., models of ministry to asylum seekers, and ways to get involved.  Click here for the Epiphany Curriculum.  
UTO offers informational webinar for 2020 grant applicants on Jan. 14

Potential applicants for the 2020 United Thank Offering (UTO) Annual Grants are invited to participate in an informational webinar offered by the UTO board on Jan.14, 2020 at 8:00 pm. 

UTO grants in 2020 will be awarded for projects with the focus "Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility." Applications are being accepted now through Fri., March 6. 

To learn more about the grant process and criteria, access the  grant  webinar, or apply, visit Please contact Tracy ShafferUTO Diocesan Coordinator, with any questions or 973- 287-9926.

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