The Dio Log -
General Convention Edition
news & events in
the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 20, Number 12
~ July 6
On the longest day of the year, many communities around Maine held prayer vigils to remember and pray for families separated at U.S. southern border. Members of Grace Church, Bath, gather in public witness and prayer on the Bath Common.
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
attending the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, from July 5 to 13.
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Jane Hartwell, Canon for Formation, as she heads out on sabbatical until mid-October.
Congratulations to the Rev. Holly Clark, the new Executive Director of the St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center, a ministry of eight Portland area congregations that shares essentials and hospitality in the undercroft of St. Luke's Cathedral each Tuesday morning.
voices among us
Check out the Deputy of the Day post from
(center) of Christ Church, Gardiner.
She certainly had a very busy day in Austin yesterday.
Bishop Steve's daily update from Austin
In the news...
the Rev. Shirley Bowen
, Executive Director of Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, for being awarded Humanitarian Award from the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club. Read about it in the
Around the Diocese...
Planned giving: Interested in learning about what other churches are doing?
Several congregations have expressed an interest in adding planned giving to their stewardship program or conducting a one-time planned giving program. Planned giving is the opportunity for parishioners to remember their parish churches in their estate plans.
If your congregation has such an interest or has conducted a planned giving event in recent years, please contact Terry Reimer, Canon Missioner for Finance and Stewardship, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate if you or your congregation would like to participate in a diocesan network devoted to planned giving, stewardship, or both.
Gathering information of churches with contemplative prayer practices
Members of the centering prayer ministry at St. David's, Kennebunk, seek to learn of other congregations that offer centering prayer practice or any other contemplative offerings. If your church or ministry would like to be a part of an exploratory conversation, please email Suzanne Robinson at email@example.com with times, dates, and locations of your current practices as well as contact information.
Once the information has been collated and organized, they will be back in touch to set a mutual gathering time for centering prayer and further conversation about future collaboration.
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
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
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
Still need to submit your congregation's certificate of delegates for October's convention? It's not too late. Here's the
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
Summer Finale Camp for all ages at Bishopswood in August
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine and Camp Bishopswood invite you to join us for Summer Finale Camp, August 20-26.
Families, couples, and individuals will share a week - or half-week - of typical camp activities - swimming, boating, running around in the woods - while at the same time deepening their spiritual lives. U
nplug, relax, grow, play and enjoy life in God's creation.
We hope you will join us this summer!
Youth Cabins at Summer Finale Week, August 20-26
Sign-up for Youth Cabins at Summer Finale Week.
Youth completing 6th-12th grade are invited to join youth from around Maine at Camp Bishopswood for a week of friends, fun and faith. We'll have dedicated, staffed youth cabins during Summer Finale Week, which runs from
NEW: We are now offering $50 scholarships to all new campers, and have other scholarship money available to families who need it.
We can't wait to toast marshmallows, play in the gaga pit, worship in the great outdoors, and just generally have a great time at camp!