The Dio Log
news and events in
the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 20, Number 4 ~ February 19
The Rev. Suzanne Cole of St. Luke's, Wilton, offers Ashes to Go in downtown Wilton on Ash Wednesday. Clergy and lay people in ten Maine communities took to the streets to offer prayers, blessings, and ashes to people they encountered. Visit the diocesan news blog, the New Northeast, for more photos, reports from clergy, and links to coverage in the Maine press.
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
all those affected by the tragic shooting at Parkland.
Bishop Stephen Lane
joined 70 other bishops, members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, to offer
to lamentation and action.
Litany for Gun Violence Prevention
has been shared at services across the country and will be used during tomorrow's funeral for
, 16, a National Merit Semifinalist and youth group president at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.
Catching up on transitions across Maine: Welcome and Godspeed...
Rev. Rebecca Grant recently joined the people of St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland in ministry as their deacon.
Jane White-Hassler joined the people of St. James', Old Town, in January.
the Rev. Suzanne Colburn became the transition priest-in-charge at Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church late last year.
the Rev. Dan Warren became the transition priest-in-charge at St. Peter's, Bridgton, in January.
the Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace retired from All Saints, Skowhegan, and the Rev. Regina Knox began as their priest-in-charge in January.
Rev. Emily Blair Stribling retired from Trinity, Castine, and the congregation the search process is now underway.
Rev. David Robinson, retired from Trinity, Saco, and the congregation is now beginning its search process.
In the news...
Congratulations to the leaders of the Center for Wisdom's Women, a ministry that grew out of Trinity, Lewiston, as it successfully obtained funding to proceed with Sophia's House,
a long-term, community-based residential recovery program for women who are survivors of addiction, incarceration, and trafficking.
Sophia's House will be modeled on a ministry called Thistle Farms based in Nashville. A Diocese of Maine New Initiative Fund grant allowed Center volunteers to attend a multi-day training at Thistle Farms in 2016. In addition to the donation of the former convent by St. Mary's Health System, Sophia's House, in partnership with Norway Savings, recently received a $500,000 affordable housing grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
about Sophia's House, the Center, and Herban Works, its line of products for sale or check out
this recent profile
on Sophia's House Lewiston
Bishop Lane's Lenten Message: Dive deep this Lent
Around the Diocese...
News from the Discernment and Transition Committees...
The Discernment Committee invites members of the diocese to assist with their work
The Discernment Committee for the next bishop is in the process of soliciting ideas and thoughts from Maine Episcopalians to inform their work in creating a diocesan profile. The profile will be shared across the Episcopal Church.
Take the survey! All Maine Episcopalians are invited to complete a short-answer survey by February 28. Thanks to all who have completed the survey already. Thanks to congregations for sharing the link in their bulletins, newsletters, and announcements. Take it (once only, please!) at www.surveymonkey.com/r/mainebishopsearch.
If you (or have fellow parishioners who) would prefer to print out the survey and mail it in, the survey may be downloaded here.
Please print it, complete it, and mail it to:
Diocese of Maine Discernment Committee
135 Maine Street Suite 204
Brunswick, ME 04011
Participate in parish gatherings. On February 1 priests-in-charge of congregations and senior wardens were sent a list of questions to be used with members in various settings: special parish meetings, Vestry meetings, youth group, adult forums. The information gathered from those congregations should be forwarded to the Discernment Committee by February 26.
Attend clergy listening sessions.
Information gleaned in these conversations will be incorporated into the profile.
Session 1: February 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Brewer.
Session 2: February 22, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland.
Session 3: February 25, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Samoset Resort (just prior to the start of the clergy retreat)
Share a photo of your church on the bishop quest website
The Discernment Committee
invites each Maine congregation and ministry to send a photo
to display on the home page slideshow. (Thanks to those who have sent in a photo!) They would love to see each parish represented. Please send your photo with a brief description (horizontal orientation and at least 200kb, please), to Kate Wing, the transition assistant, at
Stay up on the work of the Discernment Committee and the bishop quest process at its new website,
. There is also a prominent link on the diocesan homepage at
New Initiative Fund grant application deadline extended to February 23
Is your congregation ready to embark on a new ministry or community partnership? Do you need some money to do it? Now in its ninth year, the Diocese of Maine New Initiative Fund grant program is designed to help congregations and groups fund exciting and creative new ministries in their communities.
Diocesan Council has extended the deadline to Friday, February 23. Council members will consider applications at their March 17 meeting.
For more details and links to the online application and application worksheet, please visit the
New Initiative Fund page
of the diocesan website.
Reminder: Parochial Reports are due March 1
Each church in Maine must complete its online report here:
Diocesan office moves to new phone system
The diocesan office is in the midst of moving to a cell-based phone system that will save money and allow for better remote access.
The current diocesan number, 207.772.1953, (and all staff extensions) remain the same. However, the 800 number longer works with the new system.
Bugs are still being detected, so if something doesn't work, please report it to a staff member's cell phone or by email. A staff directory may be found
St. Luke's Cathedral's healing ministry team would like to connect with others
If your church has a healing ministry, please be in touch with John Leddy. John is the leader of the St. Luke's healing ministry team and would like to connect with other for possible information sharing and collaboration.
Compensation Committee seeks information about lay compensation across the Diocese of Maine
Those who attended last October's Diocesan Convention may recall that the resolution dealing with a minimum hourly wage for lay employees generated a good deal of discussion on the floor.
Last week priests-in-charge, senior wardens, and treasurers were sent a link to a survey to assist the Compensation Committee in gathering information about how lay compensation affects all congregations in the Diocese of Maine. If you received the notice but haven't had a chance to take it yet, Committee members ask that you complete the survey linked below. It should take no more than four or five minutes to complete.
Upcoming in Maine and Beyond
The Episcopal Church and Native People, a webinar on Tuesday, February 20
It's not too late to register for a webinar that will feature Bishop Carol Gallagher, the f
irst American Indian (Cherokee) female bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Bishop Stephen Lane. It will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday, February 20, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Maine's Chair of the Committee on Indian Relations, John Dieffenbacher-Krall of St. James', Old Town, will join the conversation to share the work of the committee.
This is one of a monthly series of webinars sponsored by the Province of New England's Cultural Competency and Multicultural Awareness Task Force. Learn more and register here. A meeting link will be emailed upon registration.
Church finance workshops offered in February
Are you new to the job of treasurer, warden or vestry member? Do you have questions on how to fill out your congregation's parochial reports? Do you wonder how to properly handle priest discretionary funds or designated donations?
Please join Terry Reimer, Canon Missioner for Finance and Stewardship, for a presentation about finances in the church setting at one of two scheduled workshops listed below. Topics to be covered include:
- church accounting and how it differs from for-profit accounting
- parochial reports
- planned giving
- insurance and clergy compensation
- time for Q&A
The workshops are open to all who have an interest in church finances.
There is no fee and no need to register.
Thursday, February 22, at the Diocesan Office
143 State Street, Portland
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
(Due to construction, there is no parking in the front circle or lot of the Cathedral. Quarters for State Street parking meters are available in the office.)
Saturday, February 24, at St. Patrick's, Brewer
21 Holyoke Street
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Two awesome weekends for youth
Calling all middle and high schoolers! Register now for
for kids in grades 6-8 to be held in Gardiner on
March 2 to 4, and CALLED TO SERVE, for high schoolers to be held in Bath on March 16 to 18. Both of these events are hosted by Maine Episcopal Youth Events, and everyone is invited. If you have questions, you can reach Sara D'Angio White at 502.7742 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register and find out more at maineyouth.org.
Please share this invitation!
Lift Every Voice: Interfaith Advocacy Days in Augusta
Monday, March 19, South Parish Congregational Church
Tuesday, March 20, Maine State Capitol
In 2017, more than 150 people of faith from across Maine gathered in Augusta for the first Interfaith Advocacy Days to learn about pressing issues from policy experts and faith leaders and to visit the State House to engage with our elected leaders with all we learned.
This year, join us for worship, a panel discussion on "Mobilizing Faith Voices and Faith Voters," a keynote address by
the Rev. James Gertmenian, a welcome
from Bishop Stephen T. Lane, and workshops on
- Maine's Drug Crisis
- Environmental Justice
- Race & Immigration
- Child Poverty
- Health Care
A $20.00 registration fee includes the program, resource materials, refreshments, Monday lunch, and Tuesday lunch voucher for the cafe in the Cross Office Building behind the State House.
New England Youth Environmental Justice Summit
Young people from the Diocese of Maine are invited to gather with others from across New England for a Youth Environmental Justice Summit. It will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Brookside Congregational Church in Manchester, New Hampshire. Check out the details about speakers and workshops in this flyer.
Save the Date:
2018 Spring Training: Diocesan Education Day on Saturday, April 28
All are welcome to gather for more than 20 workshops, worship, a word from Bishop Lane, and fellowship with people from across the Diocese of Maine. This year it will be held at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta. Stay-tuned for workshop descriptions and registration information in an upcoming edition of
The Dio Log.
Share your church's or ministry's story with a display at Spring Training. Sign up for a table