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

Volume 20, Number 12  ~  June 22 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

the Rev. Peg Thomas of Penobscot, upon the death of her husband, James Blake Thomas, 87, on June 16. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity, Castine. His obituary may be found here.

Congratulations to...

...the newest deacons in the Diocese of Maine. 

On Saturday, June 9, at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland, Holly Clark (at left) of Christ Church, Norway, and new assistant at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth, was ordained to the transitional diaconate. 

Cynthia Dawson (center) of St. Barnabas, Rumford, and Stephanie Batterman (second from right) of Grace Church, Bath, were ordained to the diaconate. Bishop Stephen Lane presided and the Rev. Rebecca Grant is pictured at right.

voices among us

Bishop Stephen Lane and Bishop Robert Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland co-authored an op-ed, "Tearing children from their parents at the border goes against Jesus' teachings," that was featured in Wednesday's edition of the Bangor Daily News

It was also picked up in the Times- Record and quoted in the Portland Press Herald

For those who would like concrete ways to assist families who are separated at the border, our friends in the Diocese of Texas offer this list of reputable, on-the-ground organizations engaged in support.

In the news...

On Thursday, about a dozen Maine churches opened their doors for prayer or held vigils to pray for families affected. 

Christine Talbott, a member of St. Patrick's, Brewer, was interviewed by Channel 5. 

Watch it here or click on the image.

Around the Diocese...

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is just around the corner

Bishop Steve Lane joins the Maine deputies on the floor of the House of Deputies in Salt Lake City in 2015. (L-R Bishop Lane, Larry the Lobster, Nina Pooley, Calvin Sanborn, Mary Lee Wile, Mark Spahr, Dick Rozene, and Ben Shambaugh.)
In early July, Bishop Steve Lane and members of the Diocese of Maine deputation will depart for Austin, Texas, (yes, you read that right, people are leaving Maine in July) to do the work of the wider church as bishops and representatives from more than 100 dioceses gather for this every-three-year meeting.

We invite all members of the diocese to follow along and support their work and ministry in prayer.

Sign up to receive a daily update beginning July 4 and ending July 14. Each morning you'll receive an email with links to the Maine Deputy of the Day posts, Bishop Lane's daily wrap-up video, photos, additional news stories, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's sermons, and who knows what else we'll throw in for free. 

Check out a  kick-off email with all this information as well as a list of Maine deputies, hot topic issues facing General Convention, and ways to follow along on social media. You can also  download a version to share with your congregation in your email newsletter, in a bulletin insert, or to pin up on your notice board. 

As a subscriber to The Dio Log you will NOT receive the daily updates unless you sign-up to do so at Everything published in the daily update will also be shared on the diocesan news blog, The New Northeast at

Trinity, Portland, seeks a Director of Formation for Children and Youth

Trinity Church, Portland, seeks a motivated, enthusiastic part-time Director of Formation for Children and Youth, to start in late August. The successful candidate will care deeply about the spiritual lives of children and teens. The position will be approximately 15-20 hours per week and involve recruiting and nurturing volunteers, teachers, and others to help form Trinity's children into compassionate and spiritual persons appropriate to their ages. 

The Director will work with parents, teachers, children and teens, and others from the congregation and the community. The Director will also participate with others in Trinity in developing the formation program, promoting it in the community and involving the children and youth in community outreach efforts consistent with their age groups.
For a job description email the Rector, Lawrence Weeks at .  
Learn more about Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

We are fortunate in that the Diocese of Maine supports EfM which reduces tuition to $375.00 per year, with assistance available.  If you are interested learning more about the EfM program, please contact Patricia Welton at or you can call and leave a message at the Church of Saints Barnabas and Matthew in Hallowell at 623-3041.  

For more information you can go to: 

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.

The Little Church with a Lotta Moxie: St. Matthew's, Lisbon Falls, featured on Faith in Maine

Fr. Beau Wagner counts down the
Moxie chugging contest
The latest episode of the Diocese of Maine's new podcast features the witness and ministry of St. Matthew's, Lisbon Falls. Take a listen at

Check out our other episodes at or, better yet! subscribe on iTunes or Google Play Music or you don't miss an episode. 

Up next: St. Anne's, Calais! What a happening place!

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 

Applications for the 2019 diocesan budget are now online

The Finance Committee has posted information and application forms for two processes open to congregations and diocesan groups for funding.

Strategic Mission Support (SMS) is open to all congregations. The criteria, application materials, and instructions are available here. Questions? Contact SMS Subcommittee Chair Lael Sorensen at

Funding for diocesan programs and committees from the diocesan budget is also available. The criteria, application form, and instructions are available here. Questions? Contact Mission Priorities Subcommittee Chair Paul Beaudette at

The deadline for applications for both processes is June 30.

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!

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