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

Volume 20, Number 10  ~  May 25 , 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

Congratulations to...

the people of Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal , Augusta, upon receiving conditional approval (6-0!) from the Augusta Planning Board to house its Bridging the Gap ministry at the Church on Eastern Avenue. Read about it in the Kennebec Journal here

In the news...

ICYMI, (i.e. In Case You Missed It), our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has been in the news quite a bit over the last week since he delivered his rousing sermon about love at the royal wedding last Saturday.

A sampling of links to the sermon video and the many reaction stories may be found here.

Here is a list of all the links to his appearances upon his return to these shores: Today, Good Morning America, PBS, and many more. 

Credit: Owen Humphreys/Pool via REUTERS

Last night Bishop Curry led faith leaders from wide variety of traditions for a candlelight vigil at the White House as part of a movement called "Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis." 

Episcopal News Service has the video of Bishop Curry and faith leaders shared in advance of the vigil here . Here's a video and interview in this morning's Washington Post (hang in through the ad, it's well worth it) and a round up of additional national and international coverage. 

What a week for sharing the message of the power of God's love!

Around the Diocese...

Just five more days to nominate someone for the Tenth Bishop of Maine 

The Discernment Committee will continue to accept nominations for the next Bishop of Maine through May 30. To nominate a priest (or bishop currently serving elsewhere) you need only to share your name and email address and the nominee's name and email address. The Discernment Committee will take it from there.

Visit the bishop quest website for the profile as well as nomination and application forms at  Completed applications must be received on or before June 4.

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

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.

Applications for the 2019 diocesan budget are now online

The Finance Committee has posted information and application forms for two processes open to congregations and diocesan groups for funding.

Strategic Mission Support (SMS) is open to all congregations. The criteria, application materials, and instructions are available here. Questions? Contact SMS Subcommittee Chair Lael Sorensen at

Funding for diocesan programs and committees from the diocesan budget is also available. The criteria, application form, and instructions are available here. Questions? Contact Mission Priorities Subcommittee Chair Paul Beaudette at

The deadline for applications for both processes is June 30.

Join the fall cohort of RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement

Applications are now open for congregations that want to join the fall cohort for this fascinating program. 

The Diocese of Maine will cover one-half of the $500 participation fee.
The RenewalWorks process gives church leaders insight into the spiritual health and potential for spiritual growth in your congregation.  

People are fascinated by the online survey and the comparisons with other churches.  

Find out more on this flyer.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Online eFormation Conference on June 7 Ju
ne 7
This annual conference includes workshops on Social Media 101, Becoming a 21st Century Church, Mind/Brain Education and Curation + Formation.  See more at

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.  

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 also enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, the out-of-doors, campfires and the lake. Leaders will be Merle Marie Troeger, the Rev. John Rafter, and Jane Hartwell. 

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.)

Summer Finale Camp for all ages at Bishopswood in August

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine and Camp Bishopswood invite you to join us for Summer Finale Camp, August 20-26.

Families, couples, and individuals will share a week - or half-week - of typical camp activities - swimming, boating, running around in the woods - while at the same time deepening their spiritual lives. U nplug, relax, grow, play and enjoy life in God's creation.  

Full and half-week camping options are available. Find out dates, details, and lots more at  

We hope you will join us this summer!

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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