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

Volume 20, Number 9 ~  May 11 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Thanksgiving for...

the ministry of the Rev. Ginny Urbanek as she retires from her role as priest-in-charge of Good Shepherd, Houlton. Her last Sunday is May 13.

Ken Pooley of St. Bart's, Yarmouth for sharing his photography talent by offering many of the photos found in our newly published  diocesan profile.

Welcome to...

the Rev. Sara D'Angio White, who joined the diocesan staff as Youth Missioner beginning on May 1. She can be reached at

With Sara coming on board, Jane Hartwell, Canon for Youth, Young Adults, and Spiritual Growth, will scale back her portfolio and staff time.

Prayers for...

those preparing for ordination on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland:  Stephanie Jane Batterman and Cynthia Louise Dawson to the Diaconate, and 
Holly Christine Clark to the Transitional Diaconate.  All are welcome, clergy white or festive stoles.

the people of Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church and the Bridging the Gap ministry (a recipient of a recent New Initiatives Fund grant from the Diocese of Maine) in Augusta as they struggle to find a home for their long-time ministries: Addie's Attic Clothing Bank, Everyday Basics Essentials Pantry, and the Augusta Warming Center. 

The Kennebec Journal featured the dilemma in an article this week, "Augusta neighbors worry about homeless, mentally ill under social service plan."

Congratulations to ...

the Rev. Mary Lee Wile, deacon at St. Paul's, Brunswick and clerical deputy, upon being recently named to the Privilege and Courtesy Committee of the 79th General Convention meeting in Austin, Texas, in July.

Around the Diocese...

Nominations for the Tenth Bishop of Maine open through May 30

The Discernment Committee its profile and opened the process for nominations and applications on May 3. Visit the bishop quest website for the profile as well as nomination and application forms at . The deadline for nominations is May 30 and applications must be received on June 4.

Do you know a priest who might consider joining in discernment with the Diocese of Maine? If so, please share the profile.

In 2007, Bishop Steve Lane offered good advice (in a mere 90 seconds) to a question thrown in at the end of the video interview when he was a nominee to be the Ninth Bishop of Maine. He was asked,   "So, why are you doing this?" 

Commemorate Frances Perkins this Sunday

For her May 13 commemoration, the Episcopal Church has produced a bulletin insert for Maine's own saint, Frances Perkins. Perkins, whose family homestead is on the midcoast, was a lifelong member of St. Andrew's, Newcastle. 

She was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet when she was tapped by FDR to be Secretary of Labor in 1932. A devout Episcopalian, whose faith informed her work in the public sphere, she is credited as the chief architect of the New Deal.

In addition to famously saying that "being a woman only bothered me in climbing trees," she said:
"Our idea of what constitutes social good has advanced with the procession of the ages, from those desperate times when just to keep body and soul together was an achievement, to the great present when 'good' includes an agreeable, stable civilization accessible to all, the opportunity of each to develop his particular genius, and the privilege of mutual usefulness." 


Visit Camp Bishopswood! Open House Weekend and Traditional Open House

Weekend-long Open House: Friday to Sunday, June 1-3
This is a great time for families to come and spend one or two nights and experience camp with their children. This weekend, highly recommended for kids attending Mini Camp or for firsttime campers, is a great opportunity for campers to learn the routines and try some of the fun activities, all with the comfort of their families. Here's an  Open House brochure with lots more info.

Traditional Open House: Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your family or parish to learn more about what Bishopswood has to offer. Take a tour of camp, swim in beautiful Lake Megunticook, or go for a family canoe ride. Bring a picnic lunch and try some of our famous congo bars. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

Summer Youth Camp is filling up! Four of the seven weeks are close to full. If you have not yet registered your kids, now's the time. Check in with Mike Douglass, Executive Director, about scholarship opportunities at Register at Download a rates and dates  brochure.
Enrollment update (as of May 2)
YC 1- 4 openings for boys and 5 openings for girls.
YC 2- 12 openings for boys & 12 openings for girls.
YC 3- Only taking multiple week registrations. 3 openings for boys & 9 openings for girls.
YC 4- Only taking multiple week registrations. 4 openings for boys & 6 openings for girls.
YC 5- Only taking multiple week registrations. 9 openings for boys & 4 openings for girls.
YC 6- 17 openings for boys and 18 openings for girls.
YC 7- 19 openings for boys and 16 openings for girls.
Mini Camp I - 2 openings for girls. Click here for a Mini Camp brochure.

Learn more about Camp Bishopswood

Christ Church, Gardiner, featured in the latest episode of Faith in Maine
a podcast telling nine-minute stories of life and faith and ministry across the Episcopal Church in Maine

Listen to Episode 4: Reaching beyond the gates at 

Catch up with 
Episode 1:  Mudseason

Don't miss an episode! Subscribe to the podcast at the iTunes store or at Google Play Music.

Check out books shared at Spring Training

At Spring Training, our diocesan education day, a number of people were asked to briefly share a book (or two) they recommend. Here, as promised, is a list of the books and links to where they may be purchased or check your local library or bookshop for availability.

If you attended Spring Training, there's still time to complete the brief evaluation. Your response will help organizers plan for next year. Thanks! 

The Episcopal Asset Map needs your church's updates

Several years in the works and after much fine-tuning, The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development have launched a much-improved interactive asset map of congregations and ministries across the Church. Learn more  in this story from Episcopal News Service .

The Diocese of Maine map has listed the basic information about each of our congregations and ministries but needs someone from each church to fill out a survey detailing what your church is up to as well as info about worship, ministries, disaster preparedness, and community partnerships. Why do this? Presiding Bishop Michael Curry explains it well here: 

Click then scroll down a bit to the video

To update your church's page, visit, put your church's name and town in the search box. Click on the icon on the map, click the "More Details" button on the right sidebar, and then click the "Update this Place" button. It's easier than it sounds.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Deacon Shield
Two opportunities in Maine to ask: What is a Deacon? How does one become a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in Maine? 

Have you ever wondered what Deacons really do?  You might see them on Sunday morning, they might talk about opportunities to serve in the greater community, and they might even ask you to help.  

Find out the answers to these questions and any other questions that you might have regarding the Diaconate at Deacon Discovery Days:

Saturday, May 12, at St. Patrick's, Brewer, and Saturday, May 19, at St. Mary's, Falmouth. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

If you have any questions, please contact Archdeacon Aaron Perkins at or text 207.752.3431.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Maine Chapter to meet in Bath on May 19, All Welcome

There will be a meeting of EPF-Maine Chapter on Saturday, May 19, at Grace Episcopal Church in Bath, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please come and help plan our next steps in combatting gun violence and in seeking justice for Palestinians in today's world. 

We welcome all who are interested in issues of peacemaking and hope you will join us. Members bring a simple contribution to an easy potluck lunch to share with others.  

Click here for a meeting flyer.

All welcome for jazz (morning) and Evensong (afternoon) on Pentecost at St. John's, Bangor

Noted Jazz Singer on Pentecost 
On  Sunday, May 20, we celebrate the Day of Pentecost when we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit of the Apostles. Noted jazz singer Alma Thomas, sang with retiring  St. John's Organists/Choirmaster Nancy and Robert Ludwig as a choir girl at Garden City's Cathedral of the Incarnation for seven years. She is now an important voice in the jazz scene in Rio de Janeiro, featured regularly with her "Divas in Jazz" show at The Blue Note. At the  10 am service on  May 20, Alma will sing and scat Duke Ellington's Come  Sunday between the Epistle and the Gospel.

Choral Evensong for the Feast of Pentecost
On Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m., the St. John's Choir will be joined by choir alumni from St. John's as well as alumni from former choirs of retiring St. John's Organists/Choirmaster Nancy and Robert Ludwig. Music includes the St. Paul's Evening Service by Herbert Howells, William Mathias' festival anthem  Let the People Praise Thee , and a newly published set of Preces and Responses by Robert Ludwig. 

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

Join us for a weekend on beautiful Lake Megunticook, at Bishopswood near Camden, Maine.  The annual retreat is an opportunity to step away from the busyness of everyday life and be refreshed.

This year, we'll use Celtic and Ignatian resources to help us connect with Christ in nature, scripture, community, and the depths of our hearts. We'll seek to deepen our awareness of Jesus and open ourselves in generosity and compassion.  We'll also enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, the out-of-doors, campfires and the lake.  

Check out the details, see what people are saying about past retreats, and register on the webpage

For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at   Click here for a flyer .

Click here for a bulletin insert to share with your congregation that highlights the adult retreat and Finale Camp for all ages to be held August 20-26. (It's in color but prints well in B&W.)

Paddling pilgrimages scheduled for 2018

In 2017 the seven Episcopal dioceses of New England, the Lutheran New England Synod, and Kairos Earth sponsored a 40-day, 400-mile pilgrimage the length of the Connecticut River called the River of Life Pilgrimage. The response was so great that three shorter pilgrimages have been scheduled for 2018, two in Rhode Island and one spanning the New Hampshire/Vermont border and into Massachusetts. 

To learn more about the excellent leaders, Lisa and Mark, watch this New Hampshire Public TV segment (they are introduced at five minutes and 30 seconds). Diocesan staffer Heidi Shott wrote about her experience paddling a three-day segment of the 2017 pilgrimage in the New Northeast blog, "Praying with your eyes wide open." 

Learn more about the 2018 River Pilgrimages

Wood River (Rhode Island) Pilgrimage, May 17-20 
For information and to apply:

Blackstone/Taunton River (Rhode Island) Pilgrimage, September 5-8 
Information coming soon at 

Connecticut River Pilgrimage, July 6-15 (do one, two, or all three segments)

Youth Cabins at Summer Finale Week, August 20-26

It's almost summer, which means it's time to register for the 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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