The Dio Log

news & events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since 1999

Volume 22, Number 11
June 11, 2020

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St. John Baptist in Thomaston letting the community know they believe
black lives should be valued to the same degree as white lives in chalk outside their doors.
From the Bishop
Bishop Thomas Brown shared this video statement regarding racial justice and the Episcopal Church in Maine today. Read a transcript of his remarks here.
We pray for the eternal rest of Dorothy Glendinning , wife of the Rev. David Glendinning , a retired priest of the Diocese of Maine, who died on June 3. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Luke, Portland at a later date.
We offer prayers for students graduating, their teachers and their families. The Episcopal Church offers these tools for celebrating graduation, prayers and blessings, service videos, virtual choirs, and scripture, here.
Join us in offering prayers for Rev. George Sheats of St. Michael's, Auburn upon his ordination to the Transitional Diaconate last week at St. Mark's, Waterville where he is completing his internship. Congratulations George!
Please pray for and remember the many who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Bishop Thomas Brown and Dean Ben Shambaugh joined with people of all faiths to mourn this great loss and ring the Cathedral bells to mark the National Day of Mourning on June 1. Watch their recorded prayers here .
Let us pray for the people of St. Brendan the Navigator in Deer Isle and Pastor Elaine Hewes, new priest-in-charge, as they begin ministry together this month.
Read more here.
Let us pray for all immigrants and refugees and the ministries that serve them as we approach World Refugee Day on June 20. Consider hosting an online Refugee Sunday incorporating materials included in Episcopal Migration Ministries ' planning guide below.
Please join us in offering prayers for Charles Bradshaw, Kevin Holsapple, and Ben Wetherill whose requests for release from ordained ministry of The Episcopal Church have been accepted. We thank them for their time spent in ministry with us.
Voices among us
After the release of the statement condemning President Trump's photo op by New England bishops last week, Public News Service interviewed Bishop Thomas Brown who said, "The real concern here is addressing the inequality and the pain that people throughout this land have been trying to say and have been wanting us to address." Read the full story here: Maine's Episcopal Bishop Decries DC Church Appearance .
Read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here . “Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone.”
Bishop Thomas Brown spoke with the Portland Press Herald regarding his recommendation that churches not gather indoors at this time. "At the end of the day we have to acknowledge that it may not be safe, that we need more time, and that we are actually gathering and worshiping online,” Brown said. Full article here: Indoor religious services can resume, but many faith communities will wait
The Rev. John Nieman of St. Margaret's, Belfast was interviewed in the Village Soup about how congregations are finding ways to worship, connect, and find hope in the face of the pandemic. Read the full article here .
Members of the Sacred Ground group of St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland, people studying faith and race through the Sacred Ground curriculum of The Episcopal Church, speak out in reaction to the murder of George Floyd here .
Around the diocese
More diocese-wide online worship coming this summer
Prepare for more diocese-wide worship services! Having received tremendous positive response, the diocesan and volunteer team will create a service for the fourth Sunday of each month this summer. Mark your calendars for June 28, July 26 and August 23. Each will be broadcast on Sunday at 10:00 am on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Interested in participating? Email Katie Clark , Director of Communications.
Faith in Maine podcast launches series on hope June 15
Don't miss the launch of the diocese's eight-episode podcast series featuring audio essays by the Rev. Martin L. Smith on the concept of hope.The first episode of "Seeking the Gift of Hope" will be available Monday, June 15.

Rev. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as writer, retreat leader, spiritual director and teacher, exploring contemporary spirituality. A priest since 1971, he most recently served as the Senior Associate Rector at St Columba’s church in Washington, D.C. He retired from parish ministry in 2012. His widely read books include Reconciliation: Preparing for Confession in the Episcopal Church , A Season for the Spirit , T he Word is Very Near You , Love Set Free and Compass and Stars and (co-authored with the Rev Julia Gatta) Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions. He has been a regular contributor to Sojourners magazine.

The Faith in Maine podcast can be found on any platform where podcasts are found, including iTunes, Spotify, Pocket Casts and more.
Prepare to vote faithfully in the upcoming elections
Prepare to #VoteFaithfully in the upcoming Maine primary election on July 14. Find resources and order "I'm Episcopalian and I voted" stickers and magnets here : Maine Episcopalians Vote . Have a question about elections and how your church can be involved? Reach out to John Hennessy , Director of Advocacy and Networks.
Learning about Maine's First Peoples
Last weekend, the Diocesan Council engaged in learning more about indigenous ministry in Maine through a presentation by the Committee on Indian Relations about their work. Find the documents used in the presentation and learn more here on . Want to get involved? Email John Dieffenbacher-Krall .
News from our congregations
Many at Trinity Church in Lewiston feel called to support their diverse community at this time but can't safely join in marching. They've discovered another way to continue to offer visible support and prayer for their neighbors.Trinity plans to hold Wednesday noontime prayer vigils for reconciliation in their beautiful Peace Garden with signage, live music - bowl, drums, strings - and prayer ribbons.
Max , Charlie , and Jack Beck , the three very­­-lively sons of Jamie and Michael Beck of St. Patrick’s, Brewer are waving to you and directing you to their church's online service! St. Patrick's is grateful for the work of their mom, Jamie, who edits, assembles and close-captions these worship services. Thank you, Beck family!
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, a Jubilee Center in the Diocese of Maine, has been in continuous operation from the very beginning of the pandemic. They quickly transitioned from serving meals within the facility to serving substantial brown-bag breakfasts and lunchescontact-free at the entrance. They've distributed over 2500 meals to 210 unique individuals! Seeds of Hope is thankful to be located in a such a caring and supportive community. Find out more about their work and donate here:

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Resources for Living Our Faith
Compassion Camp: Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You
Illustrated Ministry has released new materials for Vacation Bible School. Their VBS is called "Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You" , and it's an extremely flexible, adaptable, and fun program for the entire family.

Church leaders can lead as much or as little content as they would like online (whether led live via Facebook Live or Zoom or by sending/uploading recorded videos); otherwise, it can be led at home by grown-ups.

The theme is compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. This at-home/virtual VBS is geared toward K-5th graders, and also includes activities specifically for preschool-age children. It could be run as a traditional 5-day VBS program or spread out over a few weeks for a more extended program.Get all of the details, including the Bible stories that will be covered, overall structure, and pricing information, by downloading this Infoguide .
Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action
Join Episcopal Migration Ministries for "Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action", a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Newcomers contribute greatly to U.S. communities, enriching our common life, strengthening the U.S. economy, and bringing joy as they join and reunite with families and friends. As the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, we are called to advocate with and for our siblings seeking safety and a better life in the United States.

Episcopal Action on Resettlement Week Webinar - June 16, 3:30-5:00 pm
Episcopal Action on Asylum Week Webinar - June 23, 3:30-5:00 pm

Register to attend one of these webinars here .To directly support EMM and its life-changing work, visit www.episcopalmigrationministries .