The Dio Log - 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine 
since 1999

Volume 21, Number 1  ~  January 11, 2019

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What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

for family and friends of the  Rt. Rev. Harold "Hoppy" Hopkins upon his death. He served in churches in the Diocese of Maine before becoming the Bishop of North Dakota and serving in the Episcopal Church's office of Pastoral Development. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy earlier this year. He attended  St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland and lived at Piper Shores. His funeral is set for Saturday, April 6th 2:00pm at St. Bartholomew's, YarmouthBishop Steve Lane will preside.  

of gratitude for the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. May we answer the call to continue the his reconciling work. We pray that, as King wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail,  "...the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty."
Voices among us...  

the Rev. Calvin Sanborn, former rector of St. George's, York Harbor featured in this recent Seacoast Online article as a faith leader who was able to embrace the community and beyond through his work in the congregation. 

the Rev. Ted Kannellakis was interviewed on the community program, Good Morning Belfast, where he discussed  his involvement with our First Nation neighbors, the Wabanaki,  and the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations. (See video here. Interview begins at the 5 min. 40 sec. mark.)     
Around the Diocese... 

Christian Education Collaboration gathering Jan. 12th
The Christian Education Collaboration of the Diocese of Maine will gather on Saturday, January 12th at St. Paul's, Brunswick (27 Pleasant St.). The gathering will focus on formation with children and teens. Coffee and conversation 9am; gathering 9:30am-1pm. Please bring a bag lunch and something to share from your home parish. (Don't stress... it can be a coloring page, book, activity, etc.) Contact Jane Hartwell, or Katie Holicky, with questions. RSVP to Katie Holicky, .

Join church-wide bible study for the Season of Epiphany

 As we celebrate the season of Epiphany, Good Book Club, Forward Movement, and United Thank Offering (UTO) along with partners from across the Episcopal Church, invites Episcopalians to participate in a church-wide Bible reading initiative focusing on Paul's Letter to the Romans, with participants reading a section of scripture each day.

UTO has made this bible study guide available  which includes a reading schedule to take the reader through the entire book of Romans through March 5th and engaging questions for discussion and profiles of UTO ministry programs.

Important reminder: Walkabouts begin next Friday, Jan. 18th
Attend the Walkabouts to meet the Nominees for the 10th Bishop of Maine!  

Friday, January 18th at the Senator Inn, Augusta
Saturday, January 19th at Husson University (Gracie Theatre), Bangor 
Sunday, January 20th at the Westin Hotel, Portland 

 1:30pm Hospitality and Fellowship
   2p.m. Walkabout Sessions Begin 

(*Please note: in the event of weather prohibiting travel, the Portland Walkabout Session will be held as planned and livestreamed.)

Click here for more detailed Walkabout information, including directions, and how to watch live sessions from the Walkabouts. 

Register for the Special Convention by Jan.18th

The Special Convention to Elect the 10th Bishop of Maine will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 (snow date: Saturday, February 23rd) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Canonically resident clergy and duly elected delegates should register here: Registration closes January 18. 

Check the lists (clergy and lay) of registration status here
Save Saturday, April 27 for Spring Training 

Report for Spring Training 2019 with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians from all across Maine in Augusta on Saturday, April 27.  With more than 20 new workshops to choose from, and about 150 people, this promises to be a day of sharing, learning and growth. 

Please spread the word!

How To Read the Bible: What Is It and Which Translation: 
an online seminar in the Diocese of Maine February 21 & 28

An online two-week discussion of how the Bible came into being, ways to read it, and how Episcopalians read it. You can join this from the comfort of your home. We will meet online on Thursdays February 21 & 28. Orientation and introductions are at 6:00pm and the seminar is from 6:15-7:15. If you are new to using Zoom on your computer, we will help you to get oriented before the first session, and if that fails you can participate by phone. 

Our leader, Deirdre Good ThD, is an experienced teacher of the New Testament and Christian origins. She is a licensed lay preacher in the Diocese of Maine, a parishioner at St. Margaret's Belfast, and on the faculty at the Stevenson School for Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. We'll record the presentation for churches who want to use it in the future.

This seminar is free.  Questions about the seminar? Please email  Deirdre Good  or  Jane Hartwell . Register here.

Engage the Way of Love throughout the liturgical year

To assist congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith to engage the Way of Love throughout the liturgical year, The Episcopal Church and partnering organizations offer  resources  for every time of the year:  

UTO offers informational webinars for grant applicants

The annual grant process for United Thank Offering grants is underway. Applications are being accepted now through Fri., March 1st.

To learn more about the grant process and access links to grant webinars being held on Tue., Jan. 15th and Wed., Feb. 13th, visit

Please contact Tracy Shaffer, UTO Diocesan Coordinator, for further information ~ or  973-287-9926.

Faith Groups Unite to Close Partisan Divide

The Episcopal Church is one of a diverse group of participating denominations and organizations participating in a  National Call for Reflection, Prayer and Reconciliation. Working with the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), the groups call for individuals and congregations to use the time in early 2019 to do three things:

1)      Reflect on the divisions in our country,
2)      Pray for forgiveness, wisdom and humility and
3)      Reach out to someone with different political views to talk about ways to work together.

Presiding Bishop Curry has said that, 'If we truly love our country, we can't let it go on in this way in terms of the breakdown of civility and the breakdown of our relationships.'  We urge all Episcopalians to use this time to reflect on what they can do to combat the breakdown of civility in their communities." 

A new Congress has begun work work and hundreds of other new officials have been sworn in at the federal, state and local level.Therefore, it is a good time for Christians to pray and also take specific actions to promote greater respect and civility in the coming year.

In order to help you participate, NICD and its faith partners have created elements for a simple liturgy that can be used during a worship service. Depending on which elements you use, the liturgy takes between 5-8 minutes and includes time for congregational prayer, Scripture readings, personal reflection and silent prayer. Of course, you can adapt it as you wish or, if you prefer, prepare your own similar liturgy to use in a service. The resources for liturgy available from NICD can be found at
  Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Diocesan March Youth Events and Summer Opportunities

Find out more about any of the following events at , including registration for a  January 22nd Summer Opportunity Online Info Session .  Registration for the March events is now open. Contact The Rev. Sara D'Angio White, Youth Missioner, with any questions ~ 502-7742 or

REACH: Reaching In, Reaching Out, Reaching God
March 9-10, Christ Episcopal Church, Gardiner
Middle School Youth Event (6-8 Grades)
Spend an overnight playing games, doing a service project, making friends, eating awesome food, and worshiping God.

Called to Serve: The Way of Love
March 22-24, St. John's Episcopal Church, Bangor
High School Youth Event (9-12 Grades)  
We will laugh together, serve together, pray together, and make friends we can rely on as we figure out how we are called by God to serve.

Middle School White Mountains Trip
3-nights, 4-days in early July 2019, White Mountains in New Hampshire 
(graduating 6th-8th graders; spots limited)
No experience necessary for this awesome trip to the White Mountains, where you'll get to hike, bond, play, and worship in the woods.

High School Mission Exchange
July 7-14, 2019, traveling to the Diocese of South Dakota
(graduating 9th-12th graders; application required)
Travel to the Black Hills in South Dakota, where we'll teach the 5th-6th grade camp session at Thunderhead Episcopal Center.  As part of this Mission Exchange, we will welcome a South Dakota team to Maine in 2020.

Mandala Rock Tutorial

Join a Portland group painting rock mandalas with the message "For You, With Love" and leaving them around the city or in a basket for Gosnell House. If you might enjoy doing this, you're invited to a rock painting tutorial at  Saint Luke's Cathedral on Sunday, March 3 from 12-2pm. $5 materials fee. 

Linda can also come to your church for a rock painting tutorial or a workshop on Mandala and the Christian Journey! For more info contact

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