News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 23, Number 10
May 20, 2021
Around The Diocese
Watch Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Vows
Did you miss the service of renewal at St. Luke's Cathedral on Tuesday, May 18? It was the first in-person diocese gathering since the 2019 Diocesan Convention!

You can watch the video here on the Cathedral's video streaming page.

Download the worship bulletin here.
Send your photos for June's dio-wide online service
The June 13th diocesan service will celebrate Pride Month. Do you identify as lgbtqia+? The service coordinators (Rev. Dana Stivers and Rev. Thom Rock) are collecting photos from around the diocese of Episcopal Maine lgbtqia+ individuals and/or families (related or chosen) to incorporate into the service. If you'd like to share your photograph, please do so by May 28th by emailing Katie Clark or uploading your photo to this folder.
Wear Orange for Gun Safety Awareness
Wear orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day which is observed every year on the first Friday in June. Wearing orange clothing that day and through the weekend will help bring attention to the scourge of gun violence which every day in the U.S. cuts more than 100 lives short and wounds hundreds more.

The Maine Chapter of Episcopal Peace Fellowship encourages all throughout the diocese to take part in this once-a-year event and to advocate for education and legislation promoting safety with firearms. Read about the bills coming up for a vote in the Maine Legislature this week and and how you can get involved here in the Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network's latest Advocacy Alert.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship Maine is a chapter of the national organization who works on local peace initiatives, gun safety, and racial and indigenous justice both within their parish and the diocese as well as on national and international issues. For more information about EPF Maine reach out to co-conveners are Glenis Elliott and Colleen Stevens.
Listen to the latest episode of the Faith in Maine podcast
The latest episode, "Widening Our Circles", features a sermon preached by Mike Douglass, the Director of Camp Bishopswood, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021.

The Faith in Maine podcast can be found on any platform where podcasts are found, including iTunes, Spotify, Pocket Casts and by telephone! The permanent number is 207-223-6402.
News From Our Congregations
Church suppers still bringing communities together

Members of St. James', Old Town staff the "drive-thru" table at one of the church's free monthly meals. Although the coronavirus pandemic has changed how churches across the state offer suppers, it has not stopped the tradition entirely.

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St. Philip’s, Wiscasset's Help Yourself Shelf Food Pantry will be the recipient of funds raised through Shaw’s reusable bag program for the month of May. The funds will contribute to their mission of easing food insecurity in the community. Read more here in The Lincoln County News. 
St. Brendan the Navigator, Deer Isle is seeking an Administrative Assistant. They are looking for someone who has computer competency, organizational and people skills as well as someone who can link St. Brendan’s to the community. Click here for a full description of this position.
Bishop Brown's visit to the Aroostook Cluster - St. John's, Presque Isle; St. Paul's, Fort Fairfield; Church of the Good Shepherd, Houlton - included blessing a horse and a performance of Rev. Kevin Kinsey's band (video here)!
We offer prayers for the congregation of St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth and the Rev. Claudia Smith. Claudia has been called to serve as their Transition Priest-in-Charge. She introduces herself to the church in the message here.
Please pray for the Rev. John Allison and Rev. Kathleen Killian, both canonically resident in Maine. They have accepted an invitation from Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, New York to be Co-Priests in Charge. John formerly served at Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove, and Kathleen at St. Andrew and St. John’s, Southwest Harbor.
Let us join together in praying for peace in the Holy Land. "And we pray God to grant wisdom and courage to all those in authority to seek peace and pursue it without delay, without excuses, without confusion and with only one agenda: a negotiated and equitable agreement for peace between Israelis and Palestinians — once and for all.”  Read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's full statement here.
We offer prayers for the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. The Ahli Hospital, a recipient of a Diocese of Maine's International Poverty Grant, remains open and is desperately trying to keep serving patients through their many programs while struggling to cope with the arrival of the injured. Donations can be made here.
Celebrate Pentecost with Way of Love Revival
The Episcopal Church invites you to a Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love.

Most churches will have their local Pentecost celebrations Sunday morning. All are invited to a virtual Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service at 4 pm.

Sunday, May 23, 4-5:30 pm
Churchwide Pentecost Worship from Philadelphia, Navajoland, Seattle, St. Louis, & D.C.

“Pentecost is the season when we celebrate the birth of the church and the Spirit landing on the glorious diversity of God’s people,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “Thanks to vaccinations and CDC recommendations, it’s also the moment when lots of our churches can finally open their arms more fully to the public. We want to mark this moment of renewal with a revival and pray that God would rain blessing, guidance and power down on all people.”
Maine's Sacred Ground group leaders gather May 25
The Racial Justice Council will be hosting a gathering for all of those in the diocese who have facilitated the Sacred Ground program for their church or organization on Tuesday May 25 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm via Zoom. (Click here to join. Passcode:144329)

Share insights, discuss what's next, and stay connected in the work of anti-racism. Please email questions to Rev. Claudia Smith or Rev. Katie Holicky.