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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 14 ~  July 7, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

In the news... 

Read Bishop Steve Lane's recent op-ed in the Bangor Daily News, "It's a moral obligation to welcome the stranger at our nation's door."

Also in the BDN, Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations member Cassandra Wright's op-ed published on July 3, "The Wabanaki helped us secure self-governance, now it's time we returned the favor."

Voices among us...

Canon Heidi Shott writes in the New Northeast blog about what she learned on her three-day pilgrimage representing the Diocese of Maine on a segment of the 400-mile, 40-day paddling trip the length of the Connecticut River. Sponsored by the seven dioceses of New England and the New England Lutheran Synod, the trip concludes on Sunday. 

Around the Diocese...

Vacation and summer hours at the diocesan office

As it ever was - or at least since the mid-1970s - the diocesan office will close at noon on summer Fridays beginning today through September 1. Also, Bishop Steve Lane will be on vacation until Tuesday, July 25. 

Assistant Rector position open at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth

St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, invites applications for a leader to join its community as Assistant Rector, a paid, half-time position. A full description of the parish and the position is available  here . All are welcome to share this description with any who might be interested.

Grant funding available for your church's new or expanded ministry
New this round! Applications to discern the feasibility of new projects/ministries now accepted

At its meeting on June 2 and 3, Diocesan Council issued a call for a second round of New Initiative Fund grants in 2017. Each congregation, organization, committee or program group in the Diocese of Maine is eligible to apply for funding to support new ministries or expanding existing ministries in new directions. Council also approved a new channel of funding to be considered. Groups that seek funds to discern the feasibility of new projects, ministries, and partnerships are welcome to apply. All applications will be evaluated on the how closely they meet the Diocese's  Seven Criteria for Mission.

Applications must be submitted to the online form by the end of business on Tuesday, August 1 for consideration at Council's September 9 meeting. Download this  application worksheet Word doc to use as a working copy of your application. Then cut and paste your responses at

At this meeting Council also decided to set the deadlines for New Initiative Fund grants in 2018. Round 1 will be due on January 1 and Round 2 will be due on July 1. Applications received by the deadlines will be considered at the next Diocesan Council meeting.

Applications now accepted for funding international outreach and domestic poverty 

Since 2007, the Diocese of Maine has made .07% of its income available to support international efforts and ministries that help to alleviate poverty. Any Maine congregation or program group may offer a proposal to Diocesan Council for consideration to fund an international outreach or development effort. Past grants have awarded funds to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza run by the Diocese of Jerusalem, midwife education support in Haiti, teachers salaries at a school in the Diocese of Liberia, and support for the ministry of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad. In 2016 the $12,000 available was split between school projects in Kenya and South Sudan.

In 2015 an additional $5,000 was included in the diocesan budget to fund ministry that serves those living in poverty in Maine. The first year's recipients were Church at 209 in Augusta to support the settlement Iraqi refugees and the "Dinner is Served" community meal program out of St. Brendan's, Deer Isle. In 2016 the grant went to the Compassionate Housing Initiative, founded by churches in Yarmouth to offer emergency housing for newly-arrived refugee families.

Diocesan Council will meet on September 9 and consider proposals for both grant programs. The deadline for a letter outlining a proposal is Tuesday, August 1. It should be addressed to Diocesan Council and emailed to Heidi Shott at Please be in touch with Heidi if you would like to receive copies of proposals that were funded in the past.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

MDI Churches celebrating 150th anniversary of first Episcopal worship service

Bishop Neely, who made the long walk from Northeast Harbor to Hulls Cove.
On Sunday, July 23, at 4 p.m., the Episcopal Parishes of Mount Desert Island will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first recorded Episcopal worship service on MDI. The event will include a singing procession from St. Saviour's Church to the Gazebo in the Bar Harbor Village Green, a re-enactment of a worship service as it would have been observed in 1867, followed by light refreshments in St. Saviour's Parish Hall. Attendees are invited to dress in nineteenth-century costume if they wish.

Records show that Bishop Henry Adams Neely sailed from Portland on July 20, 1867, planning to conduct a service at the Hull's Cove Schoolhouse the next morning. Delayed by bad weather and forced to dock at Northeast Harbor, Bishop Neely walked to Hull's Cove, arriving too late for the scheduled service. Instead, he walked back to the Rodick House Hotel in Bar Harbor where he led a service of Evening Prayer, which thus stands as the first recorded Episcopal service on the island.

This inauspicious start was the seed that became the churches of St. Saviour's (founded 1870); Church of Our Father, Hull's Cove (1880); St. Mary's, Northeast Harbor (1882); St. Jude's, Seal Harbor (1886); St. Andrew's, Seal Cove (1914); and St. John's, Southwest Harbor (1918). All six of these churches, currently organized as four parishes, continue to serve the communities of MDI.

The re-enactment will be a service of Evening Prayer drawn from the 1798 edition of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer which would have been current at the time, as well as hymns from the 1824 Hymnal. Worship will be led by the Rev. Timothy Fleck, the Rev Jane Cornman, the Rev. Kathleen Killian, and the Rev. John Allison.

Summer Finale Week for all ages is ready for you!

Maine Episcopalians of all ages are invited to spend their summer vacation at Bishopswood during Summer Finale Week, August 21-27. 

Great fellowship, food, and fun - guaranteed. L earn more at

For more on the concurrent Youth Camp, visit

Download a  bulletin insert or a  brochure. 

Check out a story about Summer Finale on the 

Registration is now open for "Faith-Rooted Organizing with Alexia Salvatierra," September 15-16

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, in partnership with The Episcopal Church's Office of Social Justice and the Diocese of New Hampshire, will host a workshop with the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.

A Lutheran pastor, Salvatierra is the author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. This workshop, open to all Episcopalians in New England, will be limited to 40 participants. Because of support from The Episcopal Church, the training-session is deeply subsidized to make it affordable to all. A registration fee of $75 will cover the program, materials, one night lodging (double), and three meals. A registration fee of $50 is open to commuters.  Register today.

A detailed schedule will be shared soon.

Registration for the 198th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine is now open

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor
  • Early Registration Fee through October 2nd: $30.00
  • Regular Registration Fee through October 11th: $35.00

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