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

Volume 19, Number 12 ~  June 9, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Prayers for...

the leaders and participants of next weekend's Adult Retreat at Camp Bishopswood.

Kerry Rhodes Mansir, who will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland. All are welcome, reception to follow. Clergy wishing to process should gather in the undercroft at 10:30 a.m. (white or festive stoles).

Thanksgiving for...

the life of the Rev. Richard Johnson, Sr. who died in January. A memorial service will be held at  St. James, Old Town, on June 24,  at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the service at St. Patrick's, Brewer. Clergy are invited to vest (alb and White stole).

Congratulations to...

the Rev. Susan B. Taylor and the people of St. Andrew's, Winthrop , as they celebrate a season of new ministry together on Sunday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. St. Andrew's worships in the Friends Meetinghouse at 219 Winthrop Center Road.

Correction to the May 26 edition: The Rev. Rebecca Grant is taking a sabbatical from diaconal ministry. She is not retiring.

Around the Diocese...

Photos from Spring Training

Thanks to Marjorie Manning Vaughan for taking photos at Spring Training on April 29 at St. Paul's, Brunswick. Check out the photo album here.

Application process for the 2018 diocesan budget is out

Maine congregations interested in applying for Strategic Mission Support and diocesan program groups, ministries, or committees wishing to receive funding have until June 30 to apply.

Guidelines, instructions, and details for applying are available online at the links below. The SMS process was also emailed to all priests-in-charge and senior wardens. The diocesan programs process was emailed to leaders of groups that have received funding over the past few budget cycles, however all established groups and diocesan ministries are welcome to apply.

Click here for SMS and here for diocesan programs.

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.

Join Episcopal Migration Ministries in the "Stand with Refugees" campaign, June 12 to 16

Stand With Refugees is a nationwide campaign for refugees, sponsored by a broad coalition of nonprofits, corporations, and individuals, including U.S. refugee resettlement agencies like Episcopal Migration Ministries that resettle and assist refugees worldwide and in the United 

In the run-up to World Refugee Day on June 20, offers a wide range of ways to advocate on behalf of our newest neighbors. 

A flyer is available  here.

Members of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice were among the many faith groups represented at a rally in Augusta on Wednesday to stand in solidarity with New Mainers to  preserve access to the safety net for Maine immigrants. The Rev. Carolyn Eklund of St. Paul's, Brunswick, is pictured here (at right) in the Hall of Flags. 

Workshops and keynotes from 2017 TENS Conference, "Journey to Generosity," available online

The Episcopal Stewardship Network  (TENS) recently informed its members that the keynotes and workshop presentations from its recent 2017 conference, "Journey to Generosity," will be made available at no cost to its members. 

Those in Maine congregations interested in viewing the conference videos are encouraged to contact Canon Terry Reimer for log-in information at

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Summer Finale Week at Bishopswood,  August 21 to 27 (half-weeks available)

Here's what people are saying: 

This is a perfect time for families, kids, youth, grandparents, anyone to be at Bishopswood and recharge. A time to set electronics to the side, and be a part of community that will allow us to grow, recharge and head back home better than we arrived. Summer Finale is a time to reconnect with ourselves, our environment, and all the good in this world.  Summer Finale is going to be fun.
-- Mike Douglas, Bishopswood Director

For me, Summer Finale represents the very best that church can be. People from all over, in very different places and stages of life, coming together to share experiences, time and fellowship with one another.
-- Emily Keniston, St. Ann's, Windham

Camp has never looked so good. New sailing and rowing opportunities in the great outdoors while meeting new people and celebrating God in our lives.  
-- Fred Fowler, St. Luke's, Portland

Download a bulletin insert here or a brochure here

Check out a story about Summer Finale on the New Northeast blog.

Learn more and register at 

Save the Date: "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 will be deeply subsidized to make it affordable.

Registration will be open soon. Stay-tuned!

Bishop Lane's blog, | The New Northeast blog,
View our videos on YouTubeView our photos on flickr