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

Volume 20, Number 12  ~  July 6 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

all  Mainers  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...

St. Elizabeth's Board President Martha Parshley with new Executive Director, the Rev. Holly Clark
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 Liz Hall (center) of Christ Church, Gardiner. 

She certainly had a very busy day in Austin yesterday. 

All Deputy of the Day posts may be found on the diocesan news blog, 

Bishop Steve's update from Austin - July 5
Bishop Steve's daily update from Austin
 July 5

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In the news...

Congrats to 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 Journal Tribune.

The Kennebec Journal recently ran a profile of the person who purchased the property of St. Mark's, Augusta,   "New owner of former Augusta church hopes to create community gathering space, apartments."

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  

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  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 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

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.  

Full and half-week camping options are available. Find out dates, details, and lots more at  

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  August 20-26

NEW: We are now offering $50 scholarships to all new campers, and have other scholarship money available to families who need it. 

You can find more information and register at  

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!

News from General Convention

From Episcopal News Service

Learn more about "Explore the Way of Love" rule of life here. Watch Bishop Michael Curry's sermon offering the invitation here .  (Click on Worship, July 5)

"Now is the time," witnesses say, to work harder against sexual abuse, discrimination in the church

Bishop Lane's blog, | The New Northeast blog,
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