The Dio Log 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine   since 1999
Volume 21, Number 9  ~  May 2, 2019
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Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison pictured with The Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane at last week's special lecture series  honoring Bishop Lane's social justice ministry at the University of Southern Maine.
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Thanksgiving for...
Diocesan Spring Training! Almost 150 people came from 48 churches to gather, share and learn this past Saturday.  

Voices amoung us...  
Legacy lecture series honors Bishop Lane's ministry  
Last week more than 200 people gathered to honor the social justice ministry of Bishop Lane at a special lecture series at the University of Southern Maine. The theme for the evening was
Voices of Faith and the Faithful in Maine: Thoughts on Public Policy and Civil Discourse.
Senator Angus King and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
The evening started with a poignant  message  from  Senator Angus  King and a special guest appearance of the  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry .
Marge Kilkelly , former legislator from Lincoln County, and a veteran general convention deputy, spoke about Faith in the Modern World and how faith can break down barriers and overcome divisions. 

Our own  Heidi Shott , former Canon for Advocacy and Communications, spoke about Bishop Lane's leadership and advocacy as only someone who worked with him closely for over ten years could.
Rev. Suzanne Roberts, MD 
The Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison talked about Bishop Lane's role and that of the diocese in the struggle for marriage equality. The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, MD, speaking from a very  unique perspective as a practicing physician and priest, talked about hearing the cries of the people and the role of faith in the health care debate.
One of Bishop Lane's colleagues,  Tom Ely, Bishop of Vermont, contributed to the evening by highlighting the work of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. 

Rev. Jane Field 
The  Rev. Jane Field , Executive Director of the Maine Council of Churches, spoke about civil
discourse and the ability of people of faith to engage in public policy debates.
Ben Chin, Deputy Director of the Maine People's Alliance and a lay preacher from Trinity - Lewiston, spoke about his love for people who use drugs in a powerful testimony to seeing the face of God in everyone. 

Bishop Lane's dear friend,  Dr. Reza Jalali , spoke about how voices of faith can change the dialog in the immigration debate.
The evening closed with a panel discussion including  Rev. Deborah Blood , Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ,
Rabbi Carolyn Braun and  Bishop Lane talking about the State of Faith in Maine and how current politics are changing religious attitudes and behaviors.
John Hennessy, Director of the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice, hosted the evening and kept the two hour program moving. The entire event was recorded and can be viewed here.
Around the Diocese...
Call for Bicentennial timeline project submissions
Let's start celebrating 200 years with a timeline telling the story of our diocese! We'll take a look at all of the congregations, chapels and ministries of which we are comprised. We need each organization to send their favorite three photos, the name of their congregation or ministry, the date founded, location, ministries, along with a  a few (25-50) words about something that excites the group and contributes to  their unique story. Please make sure your parish gets included in the Bicentennial Committee's Timeline Project!  Send your information to Rachel Zoller at

Need a sample? Here's what's exciting our friends at Christ Church, Eastport!

"We have operated the New to You Thrift Shop for more than 25 years. About five years ago, a community member gave us a house for this ministry, and as a result both donations of items and proceeds have increased greatly. By vote of the Vestry, all proceeds after the costs of running the building are designated for outreach. We are able to make generous grants to local organizations and to fund the Rector's Discretionary Fund. "

Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2018 at Christ Church, Eastport
Annual retreat June 14-16  

FMI and register at
Upcoming in Maine and Beyond
Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service at Bowdoin & Camden Opera House

Bowdoin College Chorus & Mozart Mentors Orchestra present Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service / Avodath Hakodesh with baritone soloist Cantor Scott Sokol on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6. 

There is also an opportunity to attend the concert at the Camden Opera House on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. 

The performances are given in memory of those who lost their lives at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.

They will be conducted by Anthony Antolini, Music Director at  the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston. 
Spring Music Fling in Yarmouth May 4

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church presents
Spring Music Fling, a n evening of musical delights - with an encore of delectable desserts.
Features the Gospelaires  from Bates College, St. Bart's Choir, and organ selections from John Corrie who also directs the Bates' Choir and St. Bart's Choir.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4th at St. Bartholomew's Church, 396 Gilman Rd, Yarmouth. $25 adults / $15 students  Tickets available at the door. All proceeds benefit St. Bart's programs. Download a flyer here.
Workshop offered by Maine Council of Churches to address overdose crisis

More than one Mainer a day dies from an overdose-they are our children, our parents, our sisters and brothers, our friends, our co-workers, and our congregants. 
At this day-long workshop sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches, faith leaders will: learn about the science and the stories related to substance use disorder, harm reduction, compassionate care, overdose prevention, criminal justice and public policy; hear about churches in Maine already involved in responding at the local level; get trained in administering naloxone and receive free NARCAN to keep in an emergency kit at your house of worship.

Tuesday, May 21, 10am-3pm
First Universalist Church
169 Pleasant Street, Auburn, Maine
-Advance Registration is required-
You can register online at

Maine Episcopal Youth's Bishop celebration 

All parishes are invited to send a team of 6th-12th grade youth, along with a chaperone, to St. David's in Kennebunk, June 22-23, for a Bishop Celebration Overnight. The overnight will include a viewing party of the Consecration of Thomas J. Brown, complete with Bishop BINGO, and youth will also have the chance to meet and worship with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. This is a fun-forward event, filled with exciting games, opportunities to make new friends, and topped off with make-your-own ice cream sundaes.

Cost is $18 for individual youth, or $65 for youth groups. Scholarships are available. Check out to find out more and to register. Contact Youth Missioner Sara D'Angio White with questions, or 585.749.9125. Come celebrate with us! Download a flyer here
Parish conference for stewardship teams

T he Project Resource Parish Conference June 25 - June 27 invites you to bring a stewardship team to will train in planning and developing annual giving campaigns, major gift asks, and planned giving initiatives. An ideal parish team would consist of 5 members including the parish clergy, parish communications person, stewardship committee chair, and other committed lay leaders. At the minimum, each team must havethe parish priest and two lay leaders.  The conference will be held June 25-27, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC and will be limited to 75 participants. Registration will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please use this link to register:
Join us in saying farewell to The Lanes!
Advanced registration required by the end of the day May 2nd!

Please register now to attend Bishop Steve's and Gretchen's Farewell Gathering in the North on Saturday, May 11th at the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center in Orono, with a Holy Eucharist beginning at 2p.m. A Farewell Reception, with music and a brief program will follow.

Register HERE for the Northern Eucharist and Farewell Reception
Saturday, May 11th ~ Black Bear Inn & Conference Center, Orono

(Registration required; no tickets available at door; $20 fee is only for reception portion of event; no charge for Eucharist)

There will also be a Farewell Gathering South that begins Friday evening, May 17th at 5 p.m. at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel and will include a Farewell Reception with music and a brief program and continues with a Festive Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18th at St. Luke's Cathedral, followed by hospitality and the unveiling of the Bishop's official portrait.

Register HERE for the Southern Farewell Reception and Eucharist
Friday, May 17th ~Westin Portland Harborview Hotel 
Saturday, May 18th ~Cathedral of Saint Luke, Portland

(Registration required; no tickets available at the door; $20 fee only for Fri. reception; no charge for events on Sat.)

Questions? Please contact Kate Wing at

Note: gifts, however if so inclined, the Lanes have indicated donations to Camp Bishopswood would be welcome. For more information, please visit
Bishop Lane's blog, | The New Northeast blog,
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