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

Volume 20, Number 18  ~  September 21, 2018

What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...  

for those impacted by  Hurricane Florence . Josephine Hicks, Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs at  Episcopal Relief & Development , reminds us in their latest newletter, "to remember, as with many things in life: Timing can be everything. Understanding the phases following a disaster can be useful in determining how you can help." Learn more about ER&D efforts and how you can best help here
Around the Diocese...

  The 199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
Saturday, October 27th at USM, Portland
"The Way of Love"
T he theme for this year's Convention comes from our Presiding Bishop: The Way of Love .   The Way of Love  details practices for living a Jesus-centered life, and it will help us as we consider our direction for the future. 
First Pre-Convention Hearing next week! 
Sept 26th & Oct. 3rd

Delegates and clergy are encouraged to attend one of two pre-convention hearings that will be held in the coming month:
  • Wed., Sept. 26th 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ St. Mark's, Waterville
  • Wed., Oct. 3rd 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Trinity, Portland 
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 If you are attending a pre-convention hearing, you may benefit by printing or downloading copies of the budget files.
Volunteers needed at Convention

Volunteers needed at Convention to serve as "Red Apron" ambassadors!  Please help us greet guests, assist with parking, direct traffic, help out at lunch and all the rest!
FMI: Rachel Zoller at

Register for Convention by Oct. 5th 

The  registration form for the 199th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in Maine "The Way of Love" is ready to accept your submission. Please fill out the registration form and submit it as soon as possible. Registrations submitted by October 5th are eligible for a discount of $5.
All other Convention info at   

Maine Episcopal Network for Justice
Election Engagement Program - Fall 2018

As followers of Jesus, we can live out our call to care for our neighbors as ourselves by engaging in the public square. Decisions made by elected officials have great impact on issues such as creation care, civil rights, and hunger. If we are to care for the whole body of Christ, we must have a say in the political process that impacts each part of it. 

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 .

Miqra Fall Youth Event
November 2-4, 2018 at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland
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.  Find more information at  All youth in grades 6-12 are invited, and adults are also welcomed to volunteer.  Contact Youth Missioner Sara D'Angio White with any questions or interest: (585) 749-9125 or    

Stay tuned: The youth will be inviting people from across the diocese to virtually join them in reading the entire canon of the Bible in a week-long vigil. 

"The Spirituality of Dementia" Oct. 7th
St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth
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

Luther Seminary's 2019-20 Missional Leadership Cohort Applications now being accepted

Applications are now open for Luther Seminary's 2019-20 Missional Leadership Cohort for Episcopal Clergy. 

Now in its third iteration, this grant-funded leadership development experience brings together 12 Episcopal priests for an 18-month learning journey in a supportive, structured peer environment. The process focuses on core challenges of forming and leading Christian communities today. Participants use action learning to lead faithful innovation and adaptation around central dilemmas facing their ministry contexts. 

Details on the program, including the application, can be found here:  Thanks to a generous grant, there is no cost for participants other than their travel to meetings. Download this flyer for more information

Social Media Sunday Sept. 30th

Social Media Sunday was born in the Episcopal Church in 2013,  but it has grown into an ecumenical event to share the good  news about building community using social media.

Use the hashtag  #SMS18 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever other platform  you regularly use. Check in at church, tweet the sermon,  post selfies of yourself and the clergy, share a photo of people  at your church or a video of your favorite hymn being sung  -be creative and have fun being a faithful witness!

Download a flyer to share with your congregation here. 

Find more resources at Building Faith

Upcoming in Maine and Beyond

"Come Away Awhile" EPF Maine sponsored retreat Sept. 29th 

Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) Maine is sponsoring a retreat entitled "Come Away Awhile" led by the Reverend Jonathan Appleyard on Saturday, September 29, from 9:30-2 PM at St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Newcastle. Please bring a brown bag lunch and drinks will be provided. A $10 donation is requested to defray cost. Limit of 30 participants. If you are interested, please call or email Kathy Coughlan (, 380-6780) or Diane Paterson (, 841-7035).
Pihcintu Chorus Concert
Saturday, September 29 at 3:30pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
27 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME

The Pihcintu Chorus is a multi-national refugee and immigrant girls' chorus based in Portland, Maine. These amazing young people have performed all over the United States, including the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Family Ministries at St. Paul's is organizing special 45-minute pre-concert activities on the same afternoon (2:30-3:15) for K-12 students and their families.  Please call the church office at 207-725-5342 if you wish to participate in the pre-concert activities so we can have enough supplies for everyone. 
There will be a reception following the concert, at which you can meet and talk with the members of the group.  A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Pihcintu Chorus.

Apple Fest at St. Anne's, Calais Sept. 29th
Apple Fest!  It's that time of year -- time for the annual fundraiser at St. Anne's in Calais.  Apple Fest is a daylong celebration featuring lots of delicious baked goods, great items to be raffled, a silent auction, a rummage sale, breakfast and lunch. Gather on Saturday, September 29th to visit and eat and raise money for the many ministries of St. Anne's. For more info, visit or call 207-454-8016. 

Maine clergy: Register for clergy gatherings with Bishop Lane

Gather with Bishop Steve Lane at one of two regional meetings in October:

Thursday, October 4, at Trinity Church, Portland
Thursday, October 11, at St. Martin's, Palmyra

Fellowship will begin at 10:30 am. with a meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring your own brown bag lunch.  Follow this link for more info and to register (required).
Questions? Contact Barbara Martin  
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.
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