The Dio Log - 
news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine 
since 1999

Volume 20, Number 14  ~  July 25 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Thanksgiving for... 

the Rev. Susan Murphy as she concludes her long tenure as rector of St. George's, Sanford.

Prayers for...

the family of Nancy Hopkins, 82, of Scarborough, upon her death on July 5. Nancy was married to the Rt. Rev. Harold "Hoppy" Hopkins, who served in churches in the Diocese of Maine before becoming the Bishop of North Dakota in 1980, for 65 years. Her obituary may be found here.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Congratulations to...

The Tobins with the Rev. Steve Muncie of Christ Church, Gardiner, at the awards ceremony at St. David's, Austin, TX, where, remarkably, Bob was baptized in 1938.
the Rev. Bob and Maurine Tobin of Sunset upon receiving the inaugural Cotton Fite Award from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship  for their work and faithfulness to the people of Palestine and the hope of peace. 

The Tobins have led more than two dozen groups of pilgrims through the Holy Land, including a group of 22 Maine pilgrims in 2016.

Sherri Dietrich, of St. Andrew's, Newcastle, who served for several years as United Thank Offering coordinator for the Diocese of Maine and as the Province 1 Representative on the UTO Board of Directors, recently became UTO President for a three year term at the Triennial Gathering in Austin.

The Rev. Peggy Ellan Schnack of Minnesota who has been called to be the Assistant Rector for Children and Youth at St. Paul's, Brunswick.

T he Rev. K. Drew Baker, MD,  a pediatrician in Brunswick,  has been called to be the  new part-time Pastoral Associate at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. 

voices among us

Bishop Steve Lane's closing video from General Convention

In the news...

Franklin County's The Daily Bulldog, recently featured the Rev. Suzanne Cole of St. Luke's, Wilton, about a prayer table she hosts each Tuesday morning on Main Street. Read it here.

Many Maine news stories covered the replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial that was installed last weekend on the common in Gardiner.  Known as the Wall That Heals, the four-day installation was brought to Maine by the work of members of Christ Church, Gardiner. 

Over the course of three days, the 341 names of Mainers who died in Vietnam were read aloud.

Here's a link with video from the Kennebec Journal.  Photo by Joe Phelan

Around the Diocese...

Presiding Bishop invites Episcopalians to "The Way of Love" 
A rule of life for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement

From Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: "In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God's unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way." 

Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world? The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. 

Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement."

Download a brochure that outlines The Way of Love or click here for lots of information to share with your congregation. 

Watch Bishop Curry talk about his invitation in the short video linked below.

General Convention wrap-up

Episcopal News Service offers a great summary of actions here. The two resolutions put forth by the Diocese of Maine - one on safeguarding the rights of Palestinian children and another to develop resources to respond to the opioid epidemic - that were submitted by the Province of New England passed, with amendments, in both houses.

Bishop Steve Lane's daily videos may be found on his blog,

Check out General Convention photo albums on the Diocese of Maine's Flickr site here.

The Rev. Susan Brown Snook of the Diocese of Oklahoma offers an excellent top ten round-up on her blog, A Good and Joyful Thing.

Or check out our short wrap-up video.

Mainers in Austin: Is anybody here looking for a revival?

With eight out of ten members of your Maine deputation in Austin weighing in, here are the
Ten Most Meaningful Things they experienced at the 79th General Convention ranked in order:
1. Public Witness on gun violence and family separations 
2. Marriage for all resolution
3. Time with Maine deputation and Episcopalians from across the church
4. ¡Cuba Sí! (Welcoming Cuba back into the Episcopal Church after 52 years)
5. Racial reconciliation conversation
6. and 7. (Tie) Worship and Prayer book revision 
8. Revival
9. #MeToo listening session
10. Eucharist with expansive language
Visit for stories about each of these. Well, except the time spent together. Perhaps watch the video above for a taste of that and then consider running to serve as a General Convention deputy in 2021!

Diocesan Convention: Nominations open 

Nominations for the following elected offices in the Diocese are now open:
  • Secretary (one-year term)
  • Treasurer (one-year term)
  • Standing Committee, Clerical Member (three-year term)
  • Standing Committee, Lay Member (three-year term)
  • Disciplinary Board, Clerical Member (three-year term)
  • Provincial Synod, Lay Deputy (two-year term)
  • Provincial Synod, Clerical Alternate (two-year term)
The nomination form for diocesan offices may be found here

Also, nominations for two-year terms for a lay representative from each of the Diocese's eight areas to Diocesan Council are now open. Information about Council and the nomination form may be found here

The deadline for nominations for all offices is September 7.

Resolutions to be considered by Diocesan Convention in October may be submitted until September 7 here.

Still need to submit your congregation's certificate of delegates for October's convention? It's not too late. Here's the handy form. 

All other Convention info may be found at 

Information on the special convention to elect the tenth Bishop of Maine, will be announced in the fullness of time. Please keep members of the Discernment Committee and the all those who will be interviewed over the summer in your prayers. Keep up to date at 

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Click here for a flyer detailing St. Anne's Auction and Show on Saturday, July 28.

Two showings of 
Behold the Earth in Waterville next week

"Behold the Earth" is a recently produced film that examines our call to care for creation from a biblical perspective.

Though the film has not been released for general distribution, St. Mark's Episcopal Church and First Congregational/Waterville United Church of Christ have partnered to premiere this film in the Waterville area because they couldn't wait to show it.

All are invited to attend either of two showings which will include a showing of the 64-minute film, refreshments and discussion. 

Monday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m., St. Mark's, at 60 Eustis Parkway or 

Wednesday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m.,  Waterville United Church of Christ, 7 Eustis Parkway.

Campsites for Summer Finale week are full, but we still have a few more cabins available!

Summer Finale is camp for people of all ages that begins August 20 at Camp Bishopswood in Hope, Maine. 

Join us for a half-week or full-week to do all those fun camp activities like swimming in beautiful Lake Megunticook, arts, crafts, worship and faith exploration, hiking in Camden Hills State Park, and meeting new people from around Maine, New England, and the world!

Register soon, while there is still space at  

Transforming Generosity Northeast conference offered in September. 

A regional conference sponsored by The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) and The Diocese of Rochester will be held at St. Paul's Church in Rocester, NY, on Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The keynote address, "When Responding to God's Generosity, No Gift Is Too Large," will be given by the Rev. Charles Cloughen Jr., the Director of Planned Giving in the Diocese of Maryland. Both Cloughen and  Richard Felton, the executive director of TENS, will offer several workshops including:
  • Year-Round Stewardship 
  • Narrative Budgets: Telling Your Story
  • Don't Leave a Mess: Planning for the End of Life 
  • Money Autobiography 
  • The Rector's Role in Stewardship 
  • Developing Major Gifts 
  • Accessing the TENS materials
The cost is $50 by September 1. Scholarships are available. Registration and event details may be found here.

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