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Volume 19, Number 7 ~  March 31, 2017

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

congratulations to...

three congregations awarded youth-focused New Initiative Fund grants by Diocesan Council on March 5:
  • St. Anne's, Calais, received $4,860 to offer two children's camps for the wider community, God and Country and Messy Art, in the summer of 2017
  • St. Mary's, Falmouth, received $7,606 to create a Royal School of Church Music Youth Choir in beginning in September 2017.
  • St. Peter's, Rockland, received $6,000 to launch Raise: Rockland After In-School Enrichment in the fall of 2017.
in the news...

A good write-up in the Seacoast Online about how the people of  St. George's, York Harbor, and the York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church are sharing space while St. George's under renovations.  Read it here.

Suzanne Roberts of St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland; Maria Hoecker of St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor; and Laura Peckham of St. Martin's, Palmyra; were three of the many clergy and lay people who participated in the two-day event.
Maine Episcopalians were well-represented in the this week's news stories on welfare reform in Maine. At the end of the linked articles in The Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald, Jacqueline Berry of Grace Church, Bath, and Dean Ben Shambaugh from St. Luke's Cathedral were quoted. They were among those at the State House participating in "Faith in Action: Maine Interfaith Advocacy Days." 

About 140 people of faith gathered in Augusta to learn about how to advocate for public policy that reflects the vows Episcopalians make at their Baptism: to respect dignity of every human being and to seek and to serve Christ is all persons. Sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches, the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, and Preble Street Faith Action Network, people from 12 faith communities took part. 

Check out a photo album of the event and watch the keynote offered by the Rev. Dr. William Barter, of Trinity Church, Lewiston, " A Case for Faith-based Advocacy: The Ethics of the Collective ''We.'"

Around the Diocese...

Bishop Lane and Standing Committee share Mutual Study of Ministry report with the Diocese

Dear Friends in Christ:

We write today on behalf of the Standing Committee to share with you the results of the most recent Mutual Ministry Review.

In November of last fall, the Bishop and Standing Committee undertook the third Mutual Ministry Review of this Episcopate. We engaged the Rev. Canon Rich Simpson of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts as our consultant. Under Rich's guidance, we undertook a broad review of the ministry of the diocese and the Bishop's leadership. We employed an online survey tool to receive input from all comers. Rich interviewed the diocesan staff as well as the Bishop. And Rich met with members of Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee.

The results of all this work are now posted at (click here for the full report).

The responses of the Diocese affirm much of what has been done over the past eight years. There seems to be a good deal of energy and enthusiasm for Living Local and for addressing adaptive change. The responses also point to some missteps and dropped balls which we will make every effort to address. In addition, we have learned of some important tasks for the Standing Committee, the Council, and diocesan staff.

We hope you will find the report of the Mutual Ministry Review helpful. And we welcome your feedback.

Comments may be addressed to the Standing Committee in care of Loring House, 143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101 or by writing to Barbara Martin at

Thanks for your participation in this work.


The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane          The Rev. Maria Hoecker 
Bishop of Maine                                 President, Standing Committee 

Summer Finale Week - A new summer program for all ages at Bishopswood
The all-ages camp at Bishopswood - August 21-27 (1/2 week options are available)

The Diocese of Maine and Camp Bishopwood invite you to join us for our first-ever Summer Finale Camp. Everyone is welcome - families, adults, grandparents and grandkids, teens, and young adults. 

Enjoy a wonderful, meaningful time in this camp community. Bishopswood is one of the most beautiful places to experience a week of Maine summer. The camp is being designed by Mike Douglass, Kerry Mansir, the Rev. Tim Higgins, Emily Keniston, Thew Elliott, Fred Fowler and Jane Hartwell.  

Visit the Bishopswood website or check out this brochure for more on Summer Finale Week. Register at 

Youth Camp at Summer Finale Week for kids completing grades 6-12

Middle and high school kids are invited to the Youth Events Camp which takes place during Summer Finale Week at Bishopswood. It will be similar to BION Camp, which was offered from 1999 to 2016. There are a few half-week slots for kids who have pre-season sports. 

Financial aid is available so no teen needs to be excluded because of inability to pay. Find out more here

Register at

Director of Music position available at St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor

St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, is re-opening its search for a half-time Director of Music to lead, teach, accompany and inspire its music ministry.  A profile of the parish and a description of the position are available at .
To apply, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references to Attn: The Rev. Timothy Fleck.
Music samples that are representative of the applicant's skills and creativity are strongly encouraged. Please provide recordings or links to online media.  Review of applications will begin upon receipt, and applications received before April 23  will be given priority.
Upon review, one or more candidates may be asked to visit St. Saviour's for interview and audition.  Reasonable travel expenses will be paid by St. Saviour's. Preferred start day is July 1.

Clergy Annual Report Due

All clergy, both active and retired, are required to submit an  Annual Report and Report of Continuing Education for 2016 to Bishop Lane. Please complete your online form using the link above as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether or not your report has been received or have any other questions, please contact

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Gather for a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Just two MORE conversations

Violette Khoury talks to Maine pilgrims about teaching traditional crafts to those of different faiths and social groups builds community and provides income for women.
Join this Sunday afternoon for the fourth of five online conversations with Palestinian Christians and Muslims Mainers met on their diocesan pilgrimage last fall. The first three have been deeply interesting and informative to those who have joined the conversation.

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.

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.

Register now! 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 21 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. The topic offered by each workshop will be framed around the 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. 

More information, the day's schedule, and full workshop descriptions may be found here (or use the link on the diocesan home page at Register for Spring Training here. Reserve a display table to share your ministry here.

Share Spring Training with members of your congregation! Download a flyer and a bulletin insert.

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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