News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 23, Number 19
October 14, 2021
Around The Diocese
Maine Faith Formation launches monthly calendar
The Faith Formation Calendar for October is here! It includes resources and ideas for various ways of living out your faith and includes links for youth ministry gatherings, ideas for bringing faith practices into your home, and resources to celebrate the diversity of our call to follow Christ. Download the calendar here. If you have questions, comments, or want to reach out to connect, please contact Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation or Rev. Cn. Sara D'Angio White, Canon for Youth Ministry.
Attend lay preaching seminar led by Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson
The Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary, will lead a free seminar for lay preachers in the Diocese of Maine and Province 1 on Sunday, October 24 from 12-2:30 pm on Zoom. The goal of the seminar is to inspire and guide lay preachers in both inner, spiritual and practical preparation of sermons.
This event is hosted by the churches of Mount Desert Island Episcopal Partnership (Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove, St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, St. Andrew's and St. John's, Southwest Harbor). Folks who live on MDI may attend in person, if they desire. Click here to register for Zoom. If you have questions or would like more information about attending in person, please contact the Rev. Holly C. Hoffmann.
Diocesan Council clergy members elected on Oct. 12
Elections for clergy representatives to the Diocese of Maine's Diocesan Council were held Tuesday, October 12 in Area Caucuses at Town Hall. 

This was the first election using the new diocesan area structure which Diocesan Council voted to adopt in September. Click here to view a map and here to see a list of the new six areas.  

Congratulations to these newly elected clergy representatives joining our currently serving lay representatives:

Area A: The Rev. Lynn Rutledge
Area B: The Rev. Thom Rock
Area C: The Rev. Nancy Moore
Area D: The Rev. Lisa Fry
Area E: The Rev. Suzanne Roberts
Area F: The Rev. Lauren Kay
Maine youth can take part in 'Dismantling Racism' training
Maine Episcopal Youth is offering Dismantling Racism, a youth antiracism curriculum designed by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, in collaboration with the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Reconciliation. Recognizing that not all are able to be together in person, and that not everyone can meet consistently online, there will be three tracks offered tracks with dates in November and December. Find more information, the dates, and register here

Still have questions? Join us for a Virtual Parent and Youth Info Session on Monday, October 25, 5:30-6:30 pm on Zoom. This session is for youth grades 6-12 and parents who want to learn more, and for those who are already registered. Learn what the expectations will be, explore the three tracks, take a look at the breadth of the curriculum, and have your questions answered. Get the link for the meeting by emailing Rev. Cn. Sara D'Angio White.
St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center celebrates 20 years
St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center invites you to help them celebrate 20 years of serving those in need in the Greater Portland area with amazing volunteers! The commemoration will take place Wednesday, October 27 4-5:00 pm on Zoom. The featured speaker is the Rev. Peter Swarr, a founder of the Essentials Pantry, with additional remarks by Bishop Thomas Brown, Sarah Coburn Borgeson, St. Elizabeth's Executive Director, and Dean Benjamin Shambaugh. Download an invitation that includes the link to join here.
News From Our Congregations
Welcome to the Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus, who joins St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor as their Priest-in-Charge. Following a career as a psychologist working in programs for children with special needs, Susan was ordained in 2005 in the Diocese of New York. She served parishes there and in Connecticut before moving to Maine in 2008. From 2009 through 2019 she was priest at St. Giles’, Jefferson.
Christ Church, Gardiner celebrates 250 years of worship on the Gardiner Common joined by Bishop Brown at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 16. The service will be held outdoors and moved indoors if the weather does not cooperate. Watch the livestream here on their Facebook page. They invite you to join them!
The Maine Marathon resumed this year after a pandemic hiatus, and volunteers from St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth once again took up operation of the water stop at Mile 13.8, at the end of the church driveway, handing out cups of drinks and cheering on the runners and walkers.
The Rev. Rebecca Liberty of St. John's, Bangor celebrated the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi a bit early with a Blessing of the Animals at the Bangor Humane Society's annual Paws on Parade event.
Voices Among Us
Trinity Church could become neighborhood community center

An effort is underway to redevelop Trinity Episcopal Church into a community center with performing arts, meeting, and classroom spaces, and an expanded warming shelter and food pantry program at the Trinity Jubilee Center.

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The Climate Justice Council has released this new list of resources. They hope that these can educate and inspire Maine congregations and help each promote sustainable living.
The Cathedral of St. Luke hosted special speaker, John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Executive Director of the Wabanaki Alliance and former chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations, on Sunday, October 10 for a service honoring Indigenous People's Day. Watch the video or read his sermon "Reflections on Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Atonement and a Call to Action" here.
United Nations Day annually observed worldwide on October 24, falls on a Sunday this year. The Rev. Al Niese, a member of the Maine chaper of the United Nations Association, explains the history of UN Day and encourages diocesan clergy and laity to observe UN Day in this letter to Bishop Thomas Brown.
Exhibition featuring the art of Judson Pealer in Rangeley

"Dreaming Awake" will feature paintings by retired priest of the diocese, Rev. Jud Pealer. Visit the exhibit at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery located in the lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, through January 2, 2022.

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We pray for the Rev. Laura White and the congregation of St. Martin's, Palmyra. They will hold a Celebration of New Ministry with Bishop Thomas Brown on Sunday, October 17. May God bless their ministry together!
We offer prayers for those who are preparing for and those who will attend the 202nd Convention of the Diocese of Maine "Go forth with Hope and Grace" on October 23. May the online convention be faith-filled, and may the Holy Spirit guide the decisions made affecting the future of the diocese.
New 'Way of Love' materials available for small groups
The Episcopal Church has released ‘My Way of Love for Small Groups’, a resource for spiritual growth. Responding to a hunger for deeper discipleship among Episcopal congregations, the creators of the initiative offer a spiritual journey guide, video and other materials designed for nine weekly small group gatherings. “We hope that this resource will support Presiding Bishop Curry’s call to become a new and re-formed church, to deepen our lives as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement — as individuals, small gathered communities and congregations — in order that we can become a people who look and act like Jesus and live his way of love,” Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism for The Episcopal Church said. Find these resources here. Please let us know if you plan to use this resource or have questiosn! Contact Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation.
Registration open for 2021 Province Conference
The Episcopal Province of New England will host its Annual Conference (formerly Synod) online October 30th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Together we will worship, share news about leadership changes, explore ministry networks and their work in our province, and review the budget that guides our ways of being together. While this is the formal business meeting of the province, we also celebrate the successes, collectively problem solve to support emerging needs, and to worship together as the Body of Christ. 

All delegates to Province I are encouraged to attend, as are all bishops in the province. Additionally, this meeting is open to any Episcopalian in the province who would like to learn more about the ministries of Province I and the people who serve in them! Register to attend here.