News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Volume 26, Number 1

January 11, 2024

Around The Diocese

The Gun Safety Day of Action, and What's Next

- Episcopal Maine

Dozens of Episcopalians were among the hundreds of Mainers gathered at the Maine State House in Augusta on January 3—the first day of the new legislative session—to press for gun safety reform. Among them was The Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Bishop, whose photo, along with other local clergy, appeared on the front page of the January 4 edition of the Portland Press Herald.

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Camp Bishopswood is hiring for the 2024 season

Summer camp jobs are the best! Camp Bishopswood is hiring counselors for boys, girls, and gender-inclusive cabins to work either the whole summer (June 20-August 18) or for just Session 2 (July 27-August 18). Join them for an engaging, challenging, busy, and FUN summer! Spread the word.

Apply For A Grant From The Diocese

The Grants Committee of Diocesan Council is now accepting applications for Domestic and International Poverty and the New Initiative Fund grant programs. Find more information here.

Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected].

Private Film Screening for Dioceses of Maine and

New Hampshire: A Case for Love

Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m.

Regal Fox Run & RPX

45 Gosling Rd, Newington, NH 03801

Join us for this one-day film screening event!

The film “A Case for Love” is a documentary, inspired by the teachings and writings of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It examines the question of whether or not love, specifically unselfish love, is the solution to the extreme societal and political divisions and the current rending of our social contract.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine and Episcopal Church in New Hampshire have rented a theatre in Newington, NH that seats 50 people for a 4 p.m.

This event is FREE for youth and adult youth volunteers who will also meet for for a reception following after watching to eat pizza and debrief the film at St. John in Portsmouth.

Everyone else who wants to come is invited to make a contribution toward the ticket cost of $21.00.


News From Our Congregations

Bishop Brown celebrated the Christmas week around the diocese. His first stop was St. Luke, Wilton on Christmas Eve where he stepped in for the rector, the Rev. John Balicki, who was out sick.

Then he visited the Cathedral of St. Luke for a candlelight service and Christmas morning Eucharist.

He celebrated the First Sunday after Christmas at St George, York Harbor. In Excelis Deo!

St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill has welcomed The Rev. Douglas A. Beck to serve as their new, full-time rector!

Douglas has worked in The Episcopal Church since 2006 and was ordained in 2019. He holds masters degrees in music and divinity and has served in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and Alexandria VA.

He serves as the Diocesan Clergy Formation Committee co-chair and has just begun a 3-year term as a Diocesan Council representative from the Acadie Area.

Douglas is an oblate in the Episcopal Monastic Order of Julian of Norwich. He and his husband Tom are delighted to be joining St. Francis.

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor was thrilled to host it’s first Epiphany Pageant since 2019.  

The parish thanks Allison and Hunt Smith for taking the reins and directing the congregation to a wonderful pageant, which can be seen 

on YouTube .

Voices Among Us

Diocese joins Wabanaki Alliance Tribal Coalition

Bishop Brown recently issued a letter announcing that the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will affiliate with the Wabanaki Alliance Tribal Coalition effective January 2, 2024. He thanks the Committee on Indian Relations and Racial Justice Council for encouraging Episcopalians in Maine to renew our commitment to advocacy for the Wabanaki tribes.

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Committed to Listen - MLK Day 2024 - The BTS Center

One month after the start of the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott, at 9:15 pm on January 30, while The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was speaking to a congregation of 2,000 at First Baptist Church, his home was fire-bombed. His wife, Coretta, seven-week-old daughter, Yolanda, and a neighbor were inside. The front of the home was damaged, but no one was injured.

Dr. King rushed home to find a large crowd gathered outside, some carrying guns and prepared to take action in his defense. After checking on his family, King addressed the anxious and angry crowd, many of whom were members of his church. “If you have weapons,” he pleaded, “take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek them. We cannot solve this problem through violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence.” The crowd dispersed peacefully after he assured them, “Go home and don’t worry. We are not hurt, and remember, if anything happens to me there will be others to take my place.”

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Rev. Pamela Mott says farewell to Grace Church, Bath

"Remember to keep the main thing the main thing! Remember that, while your clergy person is important, YOU are the people of God and can go from strength to strength to shine God’s light on this hill.

Be well, good people, and thank you for being an important part of my life and the life of the Bath community."

-Rev. Pamela Mott

Prayers for Elizabeth Estey

Please join us in prayers of thanksgiving for Elizabeth Estey and her many years of dedicated Diocesan Archives work. Elizabeth retired at the start of the year, and staff gathered for lunch to celebrate her!

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