The Dio Log 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 21, Number 23  ~  December 5, 2019


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Children at Church of the Good Shepherd in Houlton gather to bless holy water with the Rev. Kevin Kinsey.
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...

warmth and safety for all as Maine enters this winter storm season. We especially pray for the homeless and the first responders, utility staff and road crews working in the elements.
Voices among us...
Around the Diocese...
Sophia's House Opening Celebration Dec. 12 and 13

Sophia's House, a residential community for women survivors of trafficking, exploitation, prison and addiction, will be opening their doors in Lewiston this month. 
The community is a project of The Center for Wisdom's Women, and they 've planned a series of events everyone is invited to  attend to help them celebrate including an open house with tours and dedication and blessing of the building on Friday, December 13. Read more about all of the events here FMI: 513-3922.
Way of Love II for faith formation leaders 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
Advent Quiet Evening in Old Town on Dec. 8

St. John's, Bangor in partnership with St. Patrick's, Brewer and St. James, Old Town invite you to  Advent Quiet Evening from 6 pm - 7:30 pm on December 8th at St. James Church on 132 Center Street in Old Town. Gather in the church for quiet reflection to beautiful music, then share a simple soup supper prepared by clergy and conversations about God's leadings and what everyone is seeing this Advent.  Please RSVP to St. John's office so that they know how many to plan for by calling 947-0156.
Holiday and winter schedule at the Diocesan Office

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 break. Please also note that when Portland Schools are cancelled due to weather, for everyone's safety, our office will also be closed.
Advent retreat at St. David's, Kennebunk Dec. 7


"Word became flesh and dwelt among us." " The gift of light comes when the darkness is deepest."  Such paradoxes have power - power to lead us by way of seeming contradictions or sudden reversals to a threshold of grace. In Advent, we prepare our hearts by journeying not away from but into the darkness. There we find a womb of renewal where the mind falters but the spirit blooms. 

Join us on Saturday, December 7 from 9 am to 3 pm as we pray with scripture, poems and images rich with Advent paradox as we wait expectantly for the birth of Christ. The retreat, "Darkness & Light to You Are Both Alike ", will be led by Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE and be held at St. David's in Kennebunk To register, please email Cathy Zub  or call 985-3073.  $20 suggested donation. Download a flyer here. 
Apply to take part in EYE20 now through 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.

The cost this year for youth is $100. Applications for youth and adult chaperones are due January 1, and spots are expected to fill quickly.  More information is available here on the application form or at . Questions? Contact the Rev. Sara D'Angio White  or (207) 772-1953 ext. 130.
A Baroque Christmas: Early Music Chapel Series in Portland Dec. 7

Warming Center in Augusta open through March 31

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.  

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