News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 25, Number 9
May 11, 2023
Around The Diocese
Upcoming Listening Session to be held in Waterville
Every faith community’s voice is necessary for us to have a diocese-wide vision! You're invited to attend at least one of our remaining scheduled Listening Sessions below:

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30 p.m., St. Mark, Waterville
Thursday, May 25th, 6:30 p.m., Trinity, Portland
Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. via Zoom Passcode 461525

Click here to learn more from Bishop Brown about these listening sessions.
Maine Episcopalians advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights
A group of Maine Episcopalians from three parishes (Trinity in Portland, St. Albans in Cape Elizabeth, and St. Ann’s in Windham) recently joined forces to express their faith-based support for gender justice to their legislators. The initiative was sparked by a youth from St. Alban’s, who wanted to take action against two bills before the Maine Legislature that would limit the rights of transgender and nonbinary people (LD 678 and LD 930). The group gathered at Trinity Portland, where they prayed, discussed the proposed legislation, looked up their representatives, and wrote letters. They also shared a meal and fellowship.

Do you or your congregation want to host a similar event in your community? You can find resources and ideas in this toolkit!

For more information, contact Director of Faith Formation Emily Keniston.
St. Paul's shares the parish's land acknowledgement
In 2021, the Diocese Convention passed a resolution encouraging parishes to implement a territory acknowledgement, a statement that recognizes the original inhabitants of the land and their ongoing struggle for sovereignty. St. Paul’s, Brunswick has been on a two-year journey of working towards this goal. They started by using a statement at their 9 a.m. non traditional Eucharist. The statement evolved over time to include an invitation to action, so that it is not just a symbolic gesture, but one that both honors and challenges us to act for justice and peace. The vestry began using the statement in the last few months and has entered into formal discernment as to how God is calling them to bring this statement into more spaces (other meetings, worship etc).

The Rev. Katie Holicky, Assistant Rector, says, "It has been a slow journey, as the work of justice often is. And it has been rich to do this work with intention and in the engaging spirit of discernment that has also helped us to respect the diverse perspectives that our community holds around the issue of Native sovereignty. We trust that the Holy Spirit is guiding us as we continue this journey."

St. Paul’s, Brunswick Territory Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we stand on territory that was taken from the Abenaki people of the Wabanaki Confederacy, the people of the Dawnland. May we always remember that the Earth does not belong to us, that we belong to the Earth, and that we are all relatives in life. May we learn from our past sins and be instruments of justice and peace for all people in today’s world. We ask for inspiration that we might be compelled to take action and support our Native siblings as they continue to seek their sovereignty here in Maine.

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Bishop Brown visits Wiscasset, Newcastle, and Yarmouth
Bishop Thomas Brown visited several congregations in late April and early May to join them in their celebrations and dedications.

One of his stops was at St. Philip’s in Wiscasset, where he attended the farewell celebration for their longtime deacon, the Rev. Marcia Richardson. Richardson has served St. Philip’s and been a faithful and beloved leader in the community. They were joined by the Ven. Archdeacon Aaron Perkins (pictured here) and many parishioners and friends who expressed their gratitude for her ministry.
Bishop Brown celebrated the Holy Eucharist with St. Andrew’s in Newcastle and met with the vestry. He praised the vitality and diversity of St. Andrew’s and their variety of outreach programs.
Another congregation that welcomed Bishop Brown was St. Bartholomew’s in Yarmouth, both to celebrate Eucharist and dedicate their new memorial garden. The garden is a beautiful and peaceful space for prayer and reflection, where the ashes of loved ones can be interred.
Save-the-Date for Summer Finale
If you’re a Maine Episcopalian of any age and stage of life, please join us for some or all of Summer Finale at Camp Bishopswood from August 25-27. There will be lots of options for rest and play in a welcoming environment at our diocesan summer camp.

More details coming soon!
News From Our Congregations
Join St. Luke’s at 7 p.m. on June 10 in the Cathedral Nave to see artist Antonio Rocha in his performance of “A Slave Ship Called Malaga.”

Portland Ovations describes Rocha’s work as the following, “The Malaga Ship Story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale told from the perspective of the ship. The story vividly explores the reality and impact of the slave trade then and now through Antonio’s relationships to Maine and Brazil. Each performance is followed by a moderated conversation with a facilitator.”

For tickets, additional information about the event, and learning resources click here or St. Luke's events page .
The Rev. Ann McAlhany has been assigned to serve as deacon at Trinity in Castine. She'll begin later this month well in time for their Celebration of New Ministry with the Rev. Douglas Beck at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. All are welcome! The liturgical color for all people, lay and ordained, is white.
The Rev. Jack Fles is serving as priest-in-charge at All Saints in Skowhegan. See what this small church whose members love God, their neighbors, and all of creation have been up to here on Facebook.  
Voices Among Us
In this new episode of our Faith in Maine podcast, we interview Michael Douglass, the Director of Camp Bishopswood, Maine’s Episcopal summer camp. In this series where we ask "What's Your Story?", Mike shares how he became passionate about this work and reveals his fascinating hobby. Find this wherever you get your podcasts or visit Faith in Maine.
What Led One American to Volunteer in Ukraine

A Maine man discerned that God was calling him to become a noncombatant volunteer in Ukraine in 2022. Brad Hendrickson did some of his processing with the help of Joshua Hill, the rector at St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth.

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Schoodic Awe by the Rev. Elaine Hewes

Elaine writes about attending the annual Clergy Conference at the beginning of the month and experiencing the stunning beauty of the Schoodic Peninsula during a big storm and wisdom of conference speaker Dr. Catherine Meeks.

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On May 13, National Mothers Day of Action, our Maine Chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and MOM's Demand Action invite you to join them in Portland's Monument Square from 3-4 p.m. Bring your homemade signs to send a clear message to Congress that moms don't want flowers or candy; they want an assault weapon ban! Wear RED.

Sign ideas:
  • Save our Kids! Ban Assault Weapons
  • No flowers, No Candy...Just Action from Congress to Ban Assault Weapons!

Can't be there in person? Use social media tags to join in the #Fedup #MothersDayofAction from your own home. If you want to join this supportive network, text the word "READY" to 644-33.
Let us pray for the Rev. Holly Hoffmann and the congregations of Sts. Andrew & John, Southwest Harbor; Church of our Father, Hulls Cove, and St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor during a period of transition. Holly has resigned, effective June 11. She has been accepted into a doctoral program in adult Christian formation and spirituality in Boston. The Rev. Suzanne Roberts will be with the congregations on MDI on June 18 to begin the planning for new clergy leadership. 
Prayers for Bishop Brown and his clergy support group walking Hadrian's Wall this week. They are making this pilgrimage to celebrate 20 years of the group being together.
Pray for continued healing for Dick Rozene, Rev. Wendy Rozene’s spouse and former treasurer of the diocese. Dick had a stroke last week, but with immediate medical intervention, he is on the mend and being treated. (Wendy is a retired deacon from St. Ann’s in Windham).
We offer prayers for those who will be baptized, confirmed and received into The Episcopal Church with Bishop Brown at a Regional Confirmation in Belfast on May 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Margaret's.
Pray for continued healing for the Rev. Cindy Beaulieu, retired deacon from St. Ann’s in Windham (and formerly St. Paul’s in Fort Fairfield). Cindy is being treated for cancer and covets our prayers.
Community Change Inc. hosts spring symposium
Join Community Change Inc.’s Virtual Symposium on Confronting White Supremacy.

Are you interested in learning more about systemic racism and how to fight against it? Do you want to be part of a community of white people and their multiracial allies who are committed to racial justice? If so, you are invited to register for Community Change Inc’s Confronting White Supremacy virtual symposium on Saturday, May 20 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Community Change Inc. is a New England organization that has been working to challenge white supremacy and promote racial equity since 1968. Their symposium will feature a variety of workshops and speakers, including:

  • Muslim Justice League's executive director, Fatema Ahmad
  • Local award-winning investigative journalist, Phillip Martin
  • Professor and antifascist community organizer, Mimi Arbeit
  • SURJ Director of Political Education, Hilary Moore

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and connect with these inspiring leaders and activists. All are welcome, as we need each one of us together to make a difference in the fight against white supremacy.

To register for the symposium, click here.

For more information, visit the CCI website’s event page.
Gratitude can boost your mental health
The United Thank Offering presents a "Mental Health + Gratitude" webinar on Wednesday, May 17 at 12 p.m.

Gratitude is not only good for your body, but also for your mind! Research has shown that gratitude can help lower stress, increase resilience, enhance well-being, and improve relationships. Join UTO Board President, Sherri Dietrich, as she hosts a panel of experts who will explore the role of gratitude in mental health in various settings, such as hospitals, addiction recovery, senior care facilities, and coaching, leadership development, or spiritual direction.

Click here to learn more and to register.
Diocesan Event Calendar
Save these dates below! For the full events calendar, click here.

21 Regional Confirmation (St. Margaret's, Belfast)
23 Diocesan Listening Session (St. Mark's, Waterville)
25 Diocesan Listening Session (Trinity, Portland)

2-4 Camp Bishopswood Open House
10 Regional Confirmation (St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth)
13 -14 CPG Planning for Wellness Conference
16 Retired Clergy Gathering (St. Margaret's, Belfast)
16 Celebration of New Ministry with Rev. Paul St. Germain and Trinity, Lewiston
18 Celebration of New Ministry with Rev. Douglas Beck and Trinity, Castine
20 Retired Clergy Gathering (St. Mary's, Falmouth)
20 Diocesan Listening Session (Zoom)

Mark your calendar for these Diocesan Convention dates
  • 10, 17, 24 and 31 October: Town Halls as Pre-Convention Gatherings
  • 21 October: Diocese-wide Convocation at the Cathedral
  • 11 November: Annual business session via Zoom for clergy and lay delegates