The Dio Log 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine  since 1999

Volume 21, Number 20  ~  October 28, 2019


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The 200th Convention rises for an inaugural singing of our bicentennial hymn, the work of the Rev. Maria Hoecker, St. Columba's in Boothbay Harbor, who wrote new lyrics to a traditional favorite,  On Christ the Solid Rock . Our clergy and delegates were accompanied by the Rev. Kevin Kinsey of the Aroostook Cluster on trumpet. (Download the hymn here . Skip to minute 52 of the convention video to watch.)
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...

the Rev. Lanny Wenthe, deacon at Christ Church in Norway and Trinity Lutheran in South Paris, who has cancer and is receiving treatment. 

the Rev. Stephen Vaughn Smith of Northport, who died on October 19 in Nepal. His  life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 16 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.
Thanksgiving for...

all those currently in formation for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Please remember them in prayer:  Lisle Blind ~ Postulant, Deacon Jean Cavanaugh ~ Candidate, Deacon Ben Cooke ~  Postulant, Priest George Cooper ~ Postulant, Deacon Madeline Murphy ~  Postulant, Deacon Tracy Shaffer ~  Postulant Deacon George Sheats ~  Candidate, Priest Heather Sylvester ~  Postulant, Deacon 
Around the Diocese...
Video from Saturday's Convention  Seating of Bishop Brown 

On Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 am, the 200th Convention of the Diocese " Dirigo: On Christ the Solid Rock convened at USM to kickoff a year of celebrating the bicentennial of the diocese, hold elections for open governance offices, debate and adopt resolutions and approve a budget for 2020.

View the proceedings here ( starts at about minute 25):

The 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
The 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine

At 3:00 pm, the newly consecrated bishop, the Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown, was formally welcomed at the Cathedral of Saint Luke in Portland where convention had reassembled. He was seated in the cathedra, the bishop's chair, symbolic of the office. Bishop Brown also delivered his convention address during the liturgy. 

Watch some highlights here: 

The Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine
Highlights of the Seating of the Tenth Bishop

View the entire recorded service below. Follow along with the worship booklet here:

The Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine

In his address, B ishop Brown stated "Today, we discern only a few of the opportunities that grace will put before us; we intuit only some of the challenges that will test our faith, our generosity, even our resolve. But through it all, there are constants too. We stand on Christ the solid Rock, a firm foundation. Growing in the knowledge and love of God is our aim, the Golden Rule is our guide, and openness to honoring the Spirit in all whom we meet is the way forward."  You can download  Bishop Thomas Brown's Convention Address  here.

For more information, please visit
Miqra: Standing on the Rock Nov. 1-3

Miqra: Standing on the Rock is a fall youth event for 6th - 12th graders, but people of all ages across the diocese can play a part.

Miqra is Hebrew for "the public proclamation of Scripture." Individuals and congregations from across the diocese are invited to join together to corporately read through the entire Bible the weekend of November 1-3. Register to read by yourself for 20-30 minutes, read with a group (parish, Bible study, family, friends, etc) or come to the Cathedral to read in support of youth there. 

Download a poster for your parish  here .

Youth from across the Episcopal Diocese of Maine can come and find their Rock November 1-3.  6th-12th grade youth, along with young adult and adult staff, will gather to build friendships, play and pray alongside other teens, and crack open their faith.  They will explore Portland, play games, read through the Bible with fresh eyes and no pre-set answers, and discover how they are Standing on the Rock.

Visit  get more info about this event and find out more about what Maine Episcopal Youth are up to! You can also follow on Instagram  @maineyouth_episcoPALS.

Questions? Please contact the Rev. Sara D'Angio White, Youth Missioner at (207) 772-1953 ext. 130 or .
Racial Reconciliation Pilgrimage   & Celebration of Peace  with Episcopal Peace Foundation

November 10-11 in Rhode Island

EPF-Maine Chapter invites everyone to join them November 10-11 in Rhode Island as part of the Episcopal Peace Foundation's 80th Anniversary Celebration. The festivities begin on Sunday, November 10 at St Michael's Church in Bristol for Evensong with Bishop Knisely of Rhode Island (officiant) and Bishop MacVean-Brown of Vermont (homilist) at 4:30pm followed by a Celebration of Peace, a fundraising auction with a swing band, at 5:30pm. 

On Monday, November 11, an educational pilgrimage at 9:00 am will lead to the Center for Reconciliation at the Cathedral of St John in Providence for lunch and a panel discussion with keynote by Byron Rushing, Vice President of the Episcopal House of Deputies at 12:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased for part of all here at
Sunday Fundraiser: $60; Monday Events including lunch: $30; All events Sunday and Monday: $80. Download a poster with more details.
Make a pilgrimage in England led by Bishop Brown

Exploring our Anglican History
A Pilgrimage for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
April 15-27, 2020

Dear Friends,

Will you join me for a pilgrimage in England after Easter in 2020?

A neighbor in Portland asked me, "so, is the Episcopal Church the same as the Church of England?" "Well, " I said, "yes and no." So I proceeded to explain the similarities and differences. She said, "Oh, so they're like the mother ship." It's probably not the way I would have put it, but you know something? It fits.

A tour through England's many cathedrals will take on a quality of vacation, and in one sense it will be a holiday. Yet in another way this will be much more than a vacation, you will return from this pilgrimage with a keen knowledge of our history, and I hope, a stronger sense of your faith in Jesus Christ.

Please prayerfully consider joining this journey designed to foster a deeper relationship  with  God by visiting and praying at holy places, connecting with old friends, and making new ones, and discovering for the first time (or once again) the depths of the English church's spirituality and history.

I will serve as our chaplain, and local guides will accompany us at the various sites. We will be blessed to pray  as a pilgrimage community along the way,  and to be a learning community, too.

All in all, we shall gain great insight as we  love the Lord and the Church.

Download the pilgrimage brochure for the full itinerary and the booking form that you'll need in order to reserve a space.
Deposits and forms should be mailed to: LightLine Pilgrimages, 1829 N Cleveland Ave., Unit B, Chicago, IL 60614.
Faithfully in Christ,

The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Diocesan Bicentennial Celebration begins

photo courtesy of Maria Hoecker
And the beat goes on... the 200th convention of the Diocese of Maine is over, but its  bicentennial celebration is just beginning. After an inspiring kick-off at convention with the blessing of a celebratory altar frontal (pictured below) and a custom chalice and paten (pictured at right) as well as the introduction of a hymn that celebrates our heritage and our state, the party continues. 

Download this flyer that contains the schedule for upcoming opportunities to worship and celebrate together.

The altar frontal from convention was made from no longer used liturgical fabric donated by many congregations. Using that fabric the frontal sought to tie together our past and present and look forward to the future.  The old has been re-purposed and blessed for something new!

The Bicentennial Committee invites everyone in the diocese to continue this project by using donated fabric to make celebratory banners and wall hangings that will enhance the worship space for the revival service with Archbishop Curry at the Cross Center in May.  

Sewing groups, quilters, fabric artists, even Sunday School and Youth Groups are encouraged to try their hand. Fabric is still needed and can be sent to Loring House, or brought to the historic service at Christ Church, Gardiner at 1:00 pm on November 16. More information on the project as well as distribution of fabric is forthcoming. Contact Rev. Ginny Urbanek at for more information or to offer your suggestions.
Diocesan Lay Licensing update 

Traditionally, Lay Licensing applications have been received during Advent, but this year, we are in the process of surveying congregations in order to determine the best time for congregations to submit these applications.  As we wait for the results of the survey, and any administrative adjustments needed, ALL current Lay Licenses, including Preaching Licenses, will be extended until 29 May 2020 ~ although we hope to have information to you about licensing long before that date!   f you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Barbara Martin.
New Way of Love curriculum for small groups available

The Episcopal Church is offering a new resource for congregations interested in following the Way of Love as a way of life. 

New this fall, t he Living the Way of Love in Community curriculum is designed for small groups that may choose to meet weekly, every other week, or once a month. The facilitation guide offers leaders a process for guiding an intentional small group for nine, 90-minute sessions with an option for extending a session 30-minutes should a group choose to gather over a meal. Each session includes prayer, a check-in process, discussion, practice time, a check-out process, and worship. Suggested scripture readings and hymns are also included.
In the FAQs for Small Group Ministry  video, Jerusalem Gree, staff officer for evangelism, says,  "We believe that when parishes take the time to establish and members choose to participate in an intentional small group, they are better able to grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus -- a way that has the power to change each of our lives. And to change the world." 
Download the curriculum, video, infographic, and social media graphic free of charge here
Reflect on the wonder of Advent with a global calendar

Join an international community in prayer to explore the mystery and wonder of Advent!

For the sixth year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online Advent calendar. Virginia Theological Seminary is offering meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, December 1. 

Images and meditations can be experienced via the #AdventWord website and you can sign up on the site for direct daily emails. Also check out  FacebookInstagram and  Twitter, and ASL videos via  YouTube
Follow "A Way to the Manger" this Advent

Explore Christ's birth as recounted in the Gospel of Luke through the lens of the Way of Love and the seven practices of turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. 

With daily devotions of personal stories, modern examples, art, and invitations to prayer and journaling, the authors challenge you to discover and incorporate these practices into your own life. During Advent and Christmas, walk with the shepherds and the angels, Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and Anna and Simeon. All of their paths-as well as yours-lead to the same destination: the humble manger where Love was born. 

The book ican be purchased here at Forward Movement.
Constellation Men's Ensemble concert in Falmouth Nov. 2

The Constellation Men's Ensemble will travel to New England for a fall tour, visiting one of their f ounding members in Maine, Patrick Volker, a member of the St Mary Schola, at the Church of Saint Mary, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth on Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 pm.

Caelo:Luceat (Sky Shine) will be a meditative hour of uninterrupted music, exploring all of the lights we see in our sky.  The program will include the world premiere of the men's ensemble version of Eriks Esenvalds' "Northern Lights." 

Visit for tickets. (Scroll down to see the St. Mary performance listed.)
Maine Council of Churches invites us to ring bells for peace Nov. 11

Rooted in Jesus in Atlanta Jan. 21-24

What is Rooted in Jesus?
What is Rooted in Jesus?

It's time for the Episcopal Church to come together as disciples of Jesus and take a bold new step into the next decade. Spend four days together this January in Atlanta, Georgia talking about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, and how to be the Body of Christ. 

Tracks reflecting the various aspects of discipleship will be offered: formation, mission, stewardship, evangelism, preaching, leadership, and communications, or you can chart your own course from our long list of workshops, panels, and plenaries. For more information, please visit: Group discounts available!

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