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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 19, Number 6 ~  March 17, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

prayers for...

teens from nine Episcopal churches and their friends who will be leading or participating in the TEC ("Teens Encounter Christ") high school retreat on  March 24 to 26.

voices among us...

Bishop Steve Lane, in his Lent 1 sermon at Grace Church, Bath, reminds us all to "Remember who you are." Check out his sermon on his blog at

in the news...

In this Portland Press Herald " Maine churches discuss becoming sanctuaries for undocumented workers,"  Heidi Shott , Canon for Communication and Advocacy, talks about exploring what this would mean for churches in the Diocese of Maine.

Around the Diocese...

Resources for church leaders
Episcopal Church Foundation  (ECF) is a terrific source for vestries. Its purpose is to help Episcopal faith communities develop strategy, leadership and financial resources for ministry. Check out the articles and videos.
ECF Vital Practices - is the free monthly newsletter from ECF. Sign up everyone on your vestry for this great resource.
Statistical Data on Episcopal Congregations - find out about your church and its community here.

Does every member of your Bishop's Committee or Vestry receive The Dio Log? Sign up here. The link is also available under "Connect" at the bottom of all pages of our diocesan website at 

Wilson Center at UMO seeks new director

The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue, which serves students at the University of Maine in Orono, is seeking a new director for the Center.  This position is halft-ime and will begin on July 1. The job description may be found on the Center's website 

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Gather for a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Four MORE Sunday afternoons in Lent

Walid Abu Alhalaweh of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee will talk about life under occupation on March 19 at 3 p.m.
Join this Sunday afternoon for the second of five online conversations with Palestinian Christians and Muslims Mainers met on their diocesan pilgrimage last fall. The first one held on March 5 went great!

Last October an group of Maine Episcopalians from a dozen congregations traveled to Israel and Palestine and were profoundly moved by the people they met and the conditions they witnessed. 

As they considered how to share their experiences with their fellow parishioners here in Maine, they lighted upon the idea to bring the remarkable Palestinian Christians and Muslims they met to way of online conversations. 

All are invited on a 45 minute virtual pilgrimage on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Time will be allowed for Q&A at the end of each presentation. Learn more about each presenter on the New Northeast blog.

Zoom links below will open at 2:45 p.m. in advance of each conversation.

March 19
Walid Abu Alhalaweh, Hebron Rehabilitation Committee: Daily life under occupation
Click to join:  

March 26
Father Fadi Diab, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church , Ramallah: The Church's Response to occupation and its call to ministry
Click to join: 

April 2: 
Violette Khoury, Director of Sabeel Nazareth: Life as a Palestinian Christian in Israel

April 9: 
Sam Bahour, Muslim Palestinian-American businessman (recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered):  Economic realities for under occupation, especially for young Palestinians
All that is needed to participate is a trusty Internet connection and a webcam or phone. Please plan to sign in by about 2:50 p.m. so we can start promptly at 3 p.m.

Rob Voyle at St. Mary's, Falmouth, March 24-26

Special Weekend with the Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle at Saint Mary's, Falmouth. 
March 24 : Teaching Others How To Forgive.  March 25 : Discerning Your Core Purpose. All are welcome! 

Don't worry about the cost - contribute what you can as a donation. Don't miss this special opportunity! Contact Saint Mary's to register at 781-3366 or

Click here  for a flyer with details of the event.

Annunciation Choral Evensong at St. John's, Bangor

All are invited to a choral evensong on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m., at St. John's, Bangor. Music includes the Second Evening Service by William Byrd, one of the finest English composers of the Renaissance. The anthem, Totus Tuus, is a powerful meditation on the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was composed by Henryk G√≥recki (1933-2010), a profound and highly successful composer of classical music in Poland. 100% of the donations received benefit the Ronald McDonald House."
Chrism Mass on April 11 at St. Luke's Cathedral

Everyone is invited to attend Chrism Eucharist and the Renewal of Ordination Vows/Blessing of Holy Oils on Tuesday, Apr 11, at 11 a.m. in Emmanuel Chapel of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland.

Clergy are invited to a time of reflection on ordination with Bishop Steve beginning at 9:30 a.m., and to join the Bishop for a light luncheon after the service. Clergy registration is required. RSVP for lunch here.

Clergy are reminded that there will be a Clergy Day with Dr. Donna Hicks (author of "Dignity") on Tuesday, May 2. Registration is required and will be available soon.

For more information: for either Chrism Eucharist or Clergy Day, please be in touch with Barbara Martin

Faith in Action: Maine Advocacy Days - March 27 and 28 - Registration is now open.

The Maine Episcopal Network for Justice along with the Maine Council of Churches, The Preble
Street Faith Advocacy Network, and the Capital Area and Winthrop ministerial associations will sponsor a two-day Interfaith advocacy training on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28 in Augusta.

On Monday participants will gather at South Parish Congregational Church to worship, hear an address by the Rev. Bill Barter, priest-in-charge of Trinity, Lewiston, and attend sessions on two of the following issues: healthcare, poverty/hunger, the environment, and homelessness/housing. 

Each session will be co-led by a Maine policy expert and a person of faith to offer a faith-based perspective on that issue. Sessions will also offer instruction on how best to advocate for that particular issue. There will also be an panel on civil discourse and advocacy led by leaders of different faiths. 

On Tuesday participants will gather at the State House for breakfast and a send-off to meet their local legislators and to attend the legislative sessions and hearings. 

A $20 registration fee will cover two lunches, breakfast, and materials. Registration is now open, register here. Contact MENJ Director John Hennessy at

Save the Date: Spring Training 2017
St. Paul's, Brunswick - Saturday, April 29

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians from across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? 

With 20 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. The topic offered by each workshop will be framed around he question: How do I be a Christian? There's no cost for this event, which will be held at St. Paul's Church and the public library in Brunswick.  Registration and workshop descriptions will be out soon!

Register Now: Playing with Fire: The Parables of Jesus, a diocesan retreat for adults - June 9-11

Join us for a weekend at Camp Bishopswood on beautiful Lake Megunticook near Camden, to enrich your heart, mind and soul. This retreat is for everyone who has wondered what Jesus had in mind when he told a parable. Moral teaching? Confounding truth? Topsy-turvey gospel? Read, pray, sing and embody the parables with others who are wondering the same things. The weekend will be hosted by Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, Merle Marie Troeger, Jane Hartwell and musician Thew Elliott.

There is financial aid for everyone who needs it and also scholarships for Sunday school teachers and youth event volunteers. For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at Download an information flyer and register at

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