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news and events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 18, Number 20 ~  October 24, 2016

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine

prayers for...

the 21 Maine pilgrims from 11 congregations led by the Rev. Bob and Maurine Tobin who depart this evening for a ten-day visit to Israel and Palestine. The trip is sponsored by the Diocese of Maine and the Maine Chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Check out daily updates and photos at and on the diocesan Facebook page or follow the hashtag #MainePilgrims

The Rev. Dick Bamforth appreciates the cards and emails and prayers of all. He enjoys being at home and brief visits from hospice helpers and family and friends.  Please be in touch before visiting at

voices among us...

"Take me to the river,"  Canon Heidi Shott's reflection on renewing her baptismal vows on the Jordan River during her recent trip to Jordan with the Jordan Tourism Board.

Other posts from her trip and links to reflections by other Episcopal writers and bloggers are also found at the New Northeast.

congratulations to...

the Rev. Andrew D'Angio White (Diocese of Rochester) and the people of St. David's, Kennebunk, as he joins them as their new rector beginning on December 4.

Around the Diocese...

The one-day 197th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine is history... 

Visit a photo album of the day on Flickr. 

Clergy and lay delegates from Maine's 60 congregations gathered on Saturday, October 22, for a one-day convention at Hannaford Hall on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland.

After three ballots to elect nominees to diocesan offices, the annual address from Bishop Steve Lane, passage of a resolution to raise the minimum wage for diocesan employees to $12.00 an hour in 2017, and approval of the 2017 budget, convention-goers departed for home a full hour earlier than planned.

Read Bishop Lane's address here or watch it below. 

Bishop Stephen T. Lane's ninth Convention address
Bishop Stephen T. Lane's ninth Convention address

Congratulations to all those elected to diocesan office and thanks to all who stood for election.

Secretary (1 year term) - Leigh Spahr, St. Patrick's, Brewer
Treasurer (1 year term) - Dick Rozene - St. Ann's, Windham
Standing Committee-Clergy (3 year term) - Tim Higgins, St. Ann's, Windham
Standing Committee-Lay (3 year term) - Charles Priest, St. Paul's, Brunswick
Disciplinary Board-Lay (3 year term) - Elise Magnuson, St. Luke's, Portland
Provincial Synod-Lay Deputy (2 year term) - Rita Redfield, St. Andrew and St. John, Southwest Harbor
Provincial Synod-Clerical Alternate Deputy (2 year term) - Sheila Seekins, St. John Baptist, Thomaston
General Convention Deputation 

Lay Deputies
  Elizabeth Hall - Christ Church, Gardiner
  Elizabeth Ring - St. Bart's, Yarmouth
  Dick Rozene - St. Ann's Windham
  John Hennessy - St. Luke's, Portland
Clerical Deputies
  Nina Pooley, St. Bart's, Yarmouth
  Mary Lee Wile, St. Paul's, Brunswick
  Calvin Sanborn, St. George's, York Harbor
  Ben Shambaugh, St. Luke's, Portland
Lay Alternates
  Mark Spahr - St. Patrick's, Brewer
  Daniel Summers - St. George's, York Harbor
Clerical Alternates
  Maria Hoecker - St. Columba's, Boothbay Harbor
  Nathan Ferrell - St. Mary's, Falmouth
  John Van Siclen 
Trustee of Diocesan Funds (4 year term) 
  Lawrence E. Dwight
  Elizabeth T. McCandless
Diocesan Council Nominations for Area Lay Representatives
Area 1 - Aroostook   - Nancy Mooers, Good Shepherd, Houlton
Area 2 - Hancock/Washington - Liz Graves, St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth
Area 3 - Piscataquis/Penobscot - Mark Spahr, St. Patrick's, Brewer
Area 4 - Franklin/Oxford/Androscoggin - Peter Bickford, Christ Church, Norway
Area 5 - Kennebec/Somerset - Tom Ward, St. Andrew's, Winthrop
Area 6 - Sagadahoc/Lincoln/Knox/Waldo - Judith Cox, St. Margaret's, Belfast
Area 7 - Cumberland - Kim Wallace, St. Ann's, Windham
Area 8 - York - Jason Briggs, Trinity, Saco

Clergy, Delegates, Alternates!

Please take a few minutes to complete the Convention evaluation by November 3. This will greatly assist members of the Convention Planning Committee in making decisions for next year's Convention.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

Benefit concert at Trinity, Lewiston, celebrates Bach, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

A string orchestra with harpsichord and oboe will perform the works of Bach at Trinity Church in Lewiston, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The concert is a benefit for the Jubilee Center, in support of its important work in downtown Lewiston.

Works to be performed include the Brandenburg Concerto Number six, featuring viola soloists Greg Boardman and Linda Vaillancourt, accompanied by viola da gamba players Mark Nordberg  and Barbara Oliver, cellist Abbie Collette, bassist John Lawson, and John Corrie, harpsichord.  

Corrie, choir director at Bates College as well as music director for the Maine Music Society, will perform selections from Bach's Partita Number One for harpsichord.  

The celebrated Air for Strings from the Orchestral Suite Number 3 will follow, then oboist Billie Jo Brito and violinist Aaron Pettengill will be joined by strings and harpsichord for the concluding work of the program, the Concerto in C Minor for Oboe, Violin and Orchestra.

A suggested donation of $10. will be requested at the door.  For more information, call 344.3106.

Interfaith Forum at St. Paul's, Brunswick, on October 30.

Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders aim to foster dialogue, religious unity in Maine amid political divisiveness

The forum will feature a full afternoon of discussion about finding "unity in diversity" while honoring differences through respect and listening. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30,from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. at St. Paul's, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick.

Three leaders of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths will lead the community discussion:
Reza Jalali is an Iranian Kurd who is coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine and serves as Bowdoin College's Muslim chaplain. He also taught Islam at Bangor Theological Seminary and is the author of three books.
Rabbi Carolyn Braun is the long-time leader of Temple Beth El in Portland. Rabbi Braun has been deeply involved in interfaith activities as well as Temple Beth El leadership on issues of progressive Judaism.
Dr. Christopher Leighton is a Presbyterian minister and retired academic who currently serves as executive director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies in Baltimore.
The Rev. Bob Patterson, a retired Episcopal minister with decades of experience with interfaith dialogue, will moderate the panel discussion. 

The afternoon's events will also include two Q&As with the panelists, small-group sessions, and music. All are welcome. For more information, contact St. Paul's at 207.725.5342 or visit  

Click here for a  flyer.

Mozart's Requiem mass at St. John's, Bangor, to mark All Souls Day

On Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m., Bangor's St. John's Episcopal Church Choir will sing W.A. Mozart's historic setting of the Requiem in the context of a Solemn Eucharist for All Souls' Day at the church, 225 French Street in Bangor. 

Requiem was Mozart's final composition and was, in fact, unfinished at the time of the great composer's death in 1791.

The additional liturgical texts of the service not set by Mozart will be sung to traditional Gregorian chant. 

We are excited to have the Rev. James Haddix, Pastor of All Souls Congregational Church, guest preachin

All proceeds will go to support the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter. 

Day of Quiet Meditation and Prayer at Christ Church, Norway 
Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us at Christ Episcopal Church, Norway, for a day of quiet meditation or prayer, an opportunity to refocus your heart, mind and soul from all the busy-ness of this fall season and prepare to enter into the holy seasons of Advent and Christmas with a peaceful, open and joyful spirit. The day will include opportunities to learn some new prayer/meditation practices or simply take the time to shut out all distractions and be still. Lunch will be provided (donations accepted to offset the cost). 

Please RSVP to or 743-6782 no later than November 9.

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