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

Volume 20, Number 6 ~  March 30 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Lord Jesus Christ,
as we kneel at the foot of your cross,
help us to see and know your love for us,
so that we may place at your feet
all that we have and are.

Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified for us,
we kneel at the foot of your cross to watch with you.
Help us to see the cost of our forgiveness
so that we may be made new through your love.

from the New Zealand Prayerbook, p. 587

Prayers for...

the family of the Rev. Bruce Alexander, 87, of Dresden, upon his death on March 27. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1998, he served at St. Matthias', Richmond, and Christ Church, Gardiner. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church on Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. Condolences may be sent to his wife Marjorie at 
292 Alexander Road,
Dresden 04342. 

His obituary may be found here.

the Rev. Anne Stanley of Eastport upon the death of her husband David on February 18.  

Voices among us ...

Check out Bishop Steve Lane's sermon, "May our grief and hope enpower us to act," from the Service of Lament for Gun Violence held at St. Luke's Cathedral on March 14.

The Rev. Shirley Bowen, executive director of Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford, was recently interviewed by cable access.

Learn about the recent work of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice in its March 2018 newsletter. Lots going on as Maine Episcopalians learn to exercise their faith voices in the public sphere!

Around the Diocese...

Congratulations to four recent recipients of New Initiative Fund grants

On Saturday, March 17, at their meeting at Trinity Church, Saco, Diocesan Council members awarded four New Initiative Grants during the first round of 2018 funding. 

St. David's, Kennebunk - Laundry Love - $2,300
Laundry Love will build community by providing laundry services to those who need it in the Biddeford community. We will provide free loads of laundry and soap on a monthly basis at Booms, a local laundromat. This will meet a critical need for those living in poverty, while also building a community around caring for one another. As this community grows, we hope to learn of new ways that we can serve each other.

St. Patrick's, Brewer - Faith Linking In Action, Holyoke Neighborhood Garden - $15,000
The purpose of the Holyoke Neighborhood Garden is to demonstrate the love and mercy of God and encourage transforming change in the low-income neighborhood around St. Patrick's through organizing a group of residents to collaboratively plant, harvest, and manage a community garden. The group will be a vehicle to build relationships and find and support the development of leaders, who we will also support to do education and advocacy on issues affecting them - including public transportation, child care, food security, and jobs - through connecting to the broader organizing of FLIA for a community of justice and dignity.

Arise Portland - Young Adult Ministry - $8,000
Arise Portland is in its third year as a joint venture of the ELCA New England Synod and the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. As an experimental/non-traditional ministry that serves younger adults and others who are often uncomfortable in traditional church settings, we work to build community and spiritual practice, honoring the wholeness of each participant. As we begin our fourth year, we are undergoing a not-unexpected leadership transition, and seek to use the next two years to solidify new leadership and leadership patterns, to ensure sustainability of Arise going forward.

Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church, Augusta - Bridging the Gap - $10,000
Bridging the Gap (BTG) is comprised of three services: the Augusta Community Warming Center and the church's long-time ministries, Addie's Attic Clothing Bank and Everyday Basic Essentials Pantry. The mission of BTG is to help people become the healthiest version of themselves by connecting them to basic needs and community resources and by providing opportunities for meaningful volunteerism and social connection. BTG functions as a low-barrier community resource center and safe place that assists individuals seeking to move beyond their current circumstances.


Faith in Maine, a new podcast from the Episcopal Church in Maine 

While brainstorming various ways to share the good news of our diocese during the search for our next bishop, the idea of hosting a podcast to highlight ministries in Maine surfaced as a possibility. 

Episode 1 - Mudseason is now available for download or streaming at Subsequent episodes will soon be available on iTunes, Google Play, and - once we have at least five episodes posted - Spotify. 

We hope to produce about twelve short episodes to accompany the diocesan profile that will be released in early May. 

You can listen to Mudseason right now, right here:

Thanks from the Compensation Committee

Members of the Clergy and Lay Comprehension Committee wish to thank all who participated in our recent survey regarding lay compensation and its impact on congregations. Your answers and heartfelt comments will be very helpful as we address the lay compensation resolution for this year's diocesan convention.

Peter Bickford  Chair

Please share Holy Week and Easter photos

All congregations are invited to send in photos from Holy Week and Easter services to Heidi Shott at

Here are albums from recent years:

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Register now for 2018 Spring Training: Diocesan Education Day on Saturday, April 28

All are welcome to gather for 20 workshops, worship, a word from Bishop Lane, and fellowship with people from across the Diocese of Maine. 

This year it will be held at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta. 

Check out details about the day including workshop descriptions, schedule, downloadable flyer and bulletin insert as well as registration here

Share your church's or ministry's story with a display at Spring Training. Sign up for a table here.

A Moral Response to the Opioid Epidemic: An Interfaith Vigil, April 11

Maine Council of Churches and the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice invite people of faith to gather at the State House in Augusta on Wednesday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Those present will offer prayerful witness to the need for compassion and funding so that Mainers affected by the opioid crisis can receive treatment, benefit from harm reduction measures, and gain access to insurance through the expansion of Medicaid. 

Stand together lining the halls of the State House in silent witness to the 418 lives lost to overdose in Maine last year. Then join voices in prayer and song in the rotunda as to call for a moral budget that saves lives and offers hope.

Summer is coming...and so is the annual diocesan Adult Retreat at Camp Bishopwood

Where Do You Find God?,  a diocesan retreat - June 15-17

The Diocese of Maine's 4th annual retreat will be held on June 15-17 at Camp Bishopswood on beautiful Lake Megunticook in Hope, Maine. Advance registration is here. Click here for a flyer.

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