The Dio Log
news and events in
the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 18, Number 23 ~ December 23, 2016
From the people of St. John's, Brownville Junction:
"Today was our annual caroling to our friends and shut-ins. Much joy was shared."
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
the Rev. Geof Smith
, upon being named the Chief Operating Officer of The Episcopal Church earlier this week.
Geof served in the Diocese of Maine as deacon at Trinity Church, Portland, from 2003 to 2008, on Diocesan Council, on the Bishop's Search Committee, and as a Safe Church training coordinator.
the Rev. Mary Ann Taylor, of Frankfort, a long-time priest of this Diocese, upon the death of her husband Carter Taylor on December 20. Details to follow.
Barbara Martin, Executive Assistant to Bishop Lane, as she recovers from shoulder surgery performed on December 21. She expects to begin to pick up some duties beginning in mid-January.
voices among us...
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's, Christmas message
in the news...
Maine Episcopal Network for Justice
was featured in an article by Episcopal News Service last week. Read it
The Rev. Tim Higgins
, rector of St. Ann's, Windham, shares his story of transformation in the
And finally, as we approach Christmas, we can resist sharing again this dear depiction of the Nativity from
St. Paul's, Auckland, New Zealand
Around the Diocese...
A note about life at the diocesan office over the holidays...
The diocesan office will be closed beginning December 24 to Tuesday, January 3, and Bishop Lane will be on vacation from Christmas Day until Tuesday, January 17.
2017 mileage rates set by the IRS
According to the IRS, "Beginning on January 1, 2017, the
standard mileage rates
for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents
17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations"
The Diocese of Maine will reimburse at the business rate, i.e. $0.535 per mile. The diocesan reimbursement form may be found here.
Deadline for the Mutual Ministry Review survey extended through December 31
Bishop Lane and members of the Standing Committee invite all Maine Episcopalians to complete a survey
to review what we've done and to look toward
Together with information gleaned from in-person interviews of members of Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, and diocesan staff as well as the results of
the online survey open to any member of
the diocese who wishes to take part, we should get a pretty good snapshot of how we're doing.
Thanks in advance for offering your thoughts about our common life. Look for a full report in the new year.
Grant funding available for your church's new or expanded ministry
At its meeting on December 2 and 3, Diocesan Council issued a call for the first round of New Initiative Fund grants in 2017.
Each congregation and organization in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing ministries in new directions. Applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Diocese's Seven Criteria for Mission.
All applications must be submitted to the online form by the end of business on Friday, February 17. Council will review applications at its March 4 meeting. Download this
Word doc to use as a working copy of your application. Then cut and paste your responses at
More grant funding! This time from the BTS Center
The BTS Center (formerly Bangor Theological Seminary) invites Letters of Inquiry for its 2017 - 2018 Innovation Incubator program, which supports Cairn and Compass Projects that map the contours of today's religious and spiritual landscapes, mark creative paths for navigating them, and explore new ideas and insights for nurturing exceptional leadership in contemporary faith communities. Up to $70,000 will be awarded in total, and the application deadline is January 27, 2017. A link to the application portal and Letter of Inquiry guidelines are available on the
Innovation Incubator web page.
Rectory in Hallowell available for rent
The rectory adjacent to St. Matthew's in Hallowell will be available for rent beginning January 1. Those interested in learning more are asked to contact Parish Administrator Lisa Kolosey at 623-3041 or Junior Warden Patricia Buck Welton at 592-8762.
2017 UTO grant applications now accepted
The focus for the 2017 United Thank Offering grants is The Jesus Movement - evangelism, reconciliation, and following Jesus' way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation.
Applications must be submitted to Heidi Shott at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 17, 2016. Each diocese may submit only one grant application, so all applications must be reviewed by the diocesan UTO screening group. One grant will be recommended by Bishop Lane.
Please be in touch with Heidi or the Diocesan UTO Coordinator Sherri Dietrich at email@example.com if you have any questions about the application process.
UTO ingathering resources may be found here.
Upcoming in Maine and Beyond
New Year's Eve recital at St. John's, Bangor
All are invited to a violin duo recital, followed by festive reception, on Saturday, December 31, at 8 p.m. at St. John's in Bangor. The recital is titled, "Love's Joy and Love's Sorrow," with Heidi Powell and Richard Hsu, violinists. This free concert of is part of Bangor's Downtown Countdown. The concert is preceded at 7 p.m. by a Eucharist for the Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name. Donations will benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. For more information call 947-0156.
Hotel reservations open for February clergy retreat
All clergy are invited to attend the Annual Clergy Retreat, Feb 12-13-14, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME. Registration is required and will be available soon. To reserve your room at the Samoset for the special rate of $103, please click
or call 594-2511 and ask for the "Maine Episcopal" rooming block.
BTS Convocation, "Course Corrections," January 30-31 at Congregation Bet Ha'am, South Portland
"And though his eyes were open, he could see nothing" (Acts
For those of us facing forceful disruptions to the stories of our lives, this is a palpably familiar experience. With eyes we know are open, we look out at our families, our work or our churches, at our communities or our nation - sometimes at our very selves - with a confused and uncomprehending gaze. Known features become oddly unrecognizable and we simply cannot see how the stories will continue to unfold.
This was true for the apostle Paul on the Damascus Road, whose story brilliantly illuminates our own spiritual narratives.
At this year's convocation, you will be:
- invited to find yourself in the complexities of Paul's story.
- equipped to respond to radical disruptions and to accompany others in times of disorientation and loss.
- guided in reinterpreting the sacred text of your life and expressing the truths discovered in the midst of change.
- encouraged to discern your own course corrections when the way ahead is not clear.
- challenged to look bravely, with others, into the blinding light of transformational change.
Early bird registration is $120 through January 6, and $140 thereafter. Optional lunch and dinner tickets are available as well.
Limited scholarship assistance is available for this event. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact Alyssa Lodewick at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information and registration materials, are available