The Dio Log - 

news & events in  the Episcopal Diocese of Maine 
since 1999

Volume 20, Number 19  ~  October 5, 2018


What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...  
the Rev. Robert W. Landry, who by the Grace of God aand with the consent of the people, will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, October 20th at 3pm at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Millinocket. Your prayers and presence are requested.  (Clergy ~ White or Festive Stoles)

Keagan Roberts, a member of St. George's Episcopal Church, York Harbor as he enters his final month of a 4-month mission trip to Bolivia with the organization Ninos con Valor that serves orphaned children and youth who have escaped dangerous or poor living situations. Read his blog posts here.
Voices among us...  
the Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane, recently visited Maine's Downeast congregations. Watch his sermon from an island-wide service on his blog, Round Maine with Bishop Lane.

 The New England Deacons Network (NEDN) and bishops of Province One gathered in Framingham last weekend. Discussions were live-streamed and included presentations from Ms Darreby Ambler from the Diocese of Maine about helping others discern their gifts and The Rev. Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church's Director of Reconciliation, about justice and creation care. Find these videos here on our YouTube channel.
Around the Diocese...

  The 199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
Saturday, October 27th at USM, Portland
"The Way of Love"

Convention Registration Deadline is Oct.12th! 

If you are planning to attend, please complete this registration form as soon as possible. Registrations must be received by October 12th.
Convention Folder

Please check out the new documents that are part of the electronic Convention Folder (formerly "the booklet") posted below. These materials will also be posted at
Volunteers needed at Convention

Red Apron Ambassadors are needed at Diocesan Convention on October 27th!  If you would like to sport a fashion forward apron and help by extending radical hospitality to Convention goers, please be in touch with Rachel Zoller at

                  All other Convention info at 

Maine Episcopal Network for Justice
Election Engagement Program - Fall 2018

Learn more about the role you and your faith community can take in election season.  Download the full Election Engagement Program introduction here and b e sure to check out the new election engagement page  on for some useful resources. Questions? Contact John Hennessy at

Regional Confirmation to be held soon in Cape Elizabeth

A Regional Confirmation is scheduled for October 18 at 6 p.m. at St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth. Congregations interested in participating should be in touch with Rev. Holly Clark   as soon as possible.  

Maine Evangelism Network to kick-off Nov. 8th

"Evangelism is not trying to put butts in the seats but rather building up the Kingdom of God."  Bishop Michael Curry
The Rev. Kerry Mansir and the  Rev. Tim Higgins had the opportunity to attend the Evangelism Matters Conference this past March in Cleveland and came away completely inspired and with the blessing of Bishop +Lane with a hope to develop our own Evangelism Network. They will kick-off this initiative on Thursday, Nov. 8th at Christ Church, Gardiner from 5:30-7:30--a light dinner is included. RSVP to Kerry and Tim will offer a brief EVG 101 presentation and then talk about best practices in Evangelism. Other congregations will be invited to share! Then we'll discuss ongoing ways that we can all promote our PB's new initiative. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Rev. Tim Higgins.

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

"Stories of God at Home: A Godly Play Approach" Webinar Oct. 28th
Register now and learn how to weave family stories with God's story using Jerome Berryman's "Stories of God at Home" in this webinar on Sunday, Oct., 28th from 2-3pm featuring Lee Dickerson, the Executive Director of the Godly Play Foundation. Sponsored by the Episcopal Province of New England. Free!  Sign up here.
Save the Date:  Day of Deepening Prayer Nov. 10th
Join in this free program led by the Reverends Laura Peckham and Deacon Leonetta Burns. The Day of Deepening Prayer will be held Saturday, Nov. 10  from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Palmyra. More details and registration information will be available later in October.
"ALONE for 87 days in the wilderness of Patagonia!" Oct. 11th
Meet ZACHARY FOWLER, a boat builder from Appleton, Maine, as he tells of being alone in South America as a contestant on TV's History Channel Season 3 program, "ALONE" on Thursday, October 11 th at 6:30pm. Doors open at Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Avenue in Portland at 6pm. Reception to follow. FREE but goodwill donations are gratefully accepted to help make future programs of Trinity's Butterfield Memorial Series possible. Download a flyer here.
MIQRA - Proclaiming our Faith in Word, Prayer and Action  
Diocesan-Wide Public Proclamation of Scripture Nov 1st - 4th   
Fall Youth Event Nov. 2nd-4th
Miqra means, "the public proclamation of Scripture" in Hebrew.  In conjunction with the Miqra Fall Youth Event, individuals, groups and congregations from across the Diocese are invited to participate in reading the entire canon of the Bible in four days.  Register here to read 20-30 minute assigned portions of the Bible.  You can read aloud by yourself, or with a group (parish, Bible study, family, friends, etc) anytime between November 1-4, or consider coming to the Cathedral to join for 1 hour in the reading there.  You can proclaim your reading, comments or musings on social media or Facebook Live using #mainemiqra2018.  Find more at Thanks for helping us to proclaim the Gospel!
Faith is something that we often keep to ourselves.  But what does it look like when we proclaim it?  That answer is both different for everyone, yet often surprisingly similar.  Join youth in grades 6-12 from across the Diocese of Maine as we proclaim our faith in Word, with a reading of the entire Bible, Prayer, with singing and worship, and Action, by getting out into our community and serving others.  The event will be held November 2-4 at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. Find more information at www.maineyouth.orgAll youth in grades 6-12 are invited, and adults are also welcomed to volunteer.  Contact Youth Missioner Sara D'Angio White with any questions: (585) 749-9125 or    

                                                                                                           Download a flyer here.

Committee on Indian Relations to meet Oct. 13th 
The next meeting of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 from 11 am until 1:30 pm at the St. Margaret's Parish House, 95 Court Street, Belfast. FMI, email Committee Chair, John Dieffenbacher-Krall.  
"The Spirituality of Dementia" Oct. 7th
St Alban's Health Ministry welcomes everyone to hear the dynamic preaching and teaching of The Very Rev. Tracey Lind at St. Albans, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth on Sunday, October 7th from 9:30 am and 5:30 pm. She will speak about the spiritual insights and lessons gained from a life complicated by early-onset dementia. Room for everyone! 
Questions? Contact

Baroque Masters Concert to benefit Trinity Jubilee Center Oct. 27th
The Bow and String Orchestra will perform at Trinity Church, Lewiston on Saturday October 27, 2018 to benefit the Trinity Jubilee Center.  Music to include Suite for Viola da Gamba and Strings in D by GP Telemann, Concerto a 7 by JS Bach, three instrumental movements taken from various cantatas and arranged by Mark Nordberg Ricercare and 3 by JS, arranged for string trio.  Musicians include: Mary Hunter and Jessie Boardman, violins; Greg Boardman and Nathan HIllman, violas; Mark Nordberg, viola da gamba; Barbara Oliver, viola da gamba and cello; Mary Randall, cello. FMI contact Senior Warden: Leslie Bray at 207-716-6299.      
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