News & Events in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Volume 23, Number 18
September 23, 2021
Around The Diocese
New podcast episode concludes Way of Love series
Listen to the latest episode of the Faith in Maine podcast. It's an interview with Bishop Brown exploring "REST" and wraps up the series on "The Way of Love – Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life".

"One of the things that restores my soul is a daily practice of morning prayer," says Bishop Thomas Brown

Find it here, wherever you download your podcasts, or call 207-223-6402. This number is always updated so that you'll hear the latest episode when you dial-in!
Be a part of the Diocesan Convention Virtual Choir
You are invited to sing in a virtual choir presenting music during the 202nd Convention of the Diocese of Maine "Go Forth with Hope and Grace" on October 23! We welcome singers of any age to participate including those who aren't church members.

Soon after signing-up, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions. Each singer should register individually. Recordings will need to be submitted by September 27. Register here.
St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center holding adult winter coat drive
Help keep our neighbors warm this winter! Colder temps are around the corner. Many of those served by St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center come from warmer climates and are not prepared for Maine’s fall and winter temperatures. Let’s help them feel welcome!

Please think about ways you can contribute to St. Elizabeth's adult winter coat drive.

  • Do you, or someone you know, have an extra winter coat, no longer being used?
  • Could you purchase a used winter coat from Goodwill, the Freeport Community Services Thrift Shop, or a consignment store? 
  • Would you consider purchasing a winter coat from Walmart, Sam's Club, or another store?
  • Maybe you can make a donation for the purchase of a coat?

Large and extra large sizes for both men and women are most needed. All coats must be clean and in good condition.

Donations can be dropped off at 134 Park Street, Portland on Tuesdays between 8 and 11 am. Visit them at stelizabethsmaine.org/donate/ to make a monetary donation.
News From Our Congregations
St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth has called the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Rosen, to serve as their Priest-in-Charge. Carolyn comes to us from the Diocese of Montana where she served a church in Billings. She holds a doctorate degree from the University of London and did her theological training at Westcott House in Cambridge and Bexley Seabury in Chicago.
Shown here are the results of longtime parish member and former Chancellor of the Diocese of Maine, Joe Delafield's labors on a new cross for St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth which he finished in just 6 months! It will be hung in their redesigned chancel.
St. George's York Harbor recently held a water bottle drive for school children. It was a great way to help the staff and students at Village Elementary School, especially during this Season of Creation month. Because of COVID protocols, students aren't able to use drinking fountains and are asked to bring reusable water bottles, but not every student has one. The school provides a disposable bottle of water when kids are without, but that carries significant environmental costs. St. George's efforts help children and the earth.
Voices Among Us
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury joined together for the first time in urgent appeal for the future of the planet.

The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.
  
The statement reads: “We call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavor to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behavior and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us.”

It calls on people to do the following:
  • Pray for world leaders ahead of COP26.
  • For individuals: To make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet, working together and taking responsibility for how we use our resources.
  • For those with far-reaching responsibilities: To choose people-centered profits and lead the transition to just and sustainable economies.

Read the full statement at this link.
Meet two parishioners of St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland who are in the process for ordination. Carlisle E. Blind and George Cooper recently shared an update on their journeys with the community. Read the updates here.
The sermon from Rev. Alison Cornish of the BTS Center from our creation-care focused diocese-wide service on September 12 is available as a Faith in Maine podcast! In the sermon, Rev. Cornish says, "If our local communities are the nurseries where we learn the values and the lessons that form us and our life's work, and if we treat the living things in our own backyard cavalierly, how do we have a hope of stretching our commitment and compassion across the planet to care for the places and people we not we have not yet known?" Listen to the sermon here. Watch the full service here.
Prayers
Let us pray for the Rev. Ted Gaiser and the people of St. Nicholas, Scarborough who held a Celebration of New Ministry with Bishop Brown and Archdeacon Aaron Perkins (pictured here with Rev. Gaiser) in September.
Together let us pray for all people who are migrating, being forced from their homes, or separated from their families. We ask that God protect and keep them safe. May they find aid and welcome.
Resources
Living with Grief group program begins September 30
The death of a loved one turns our world inside out and upside down. Grieving can be a painful lonely process.

Living with Grief is a faith based, eight week, small group program that can help to move us from despair to hope and even joy while honoring the life and relationship to the person who has died.

The group will meet in a combination Zoom/in person format at St Mary's, Falmouth. The leaders are Suanne Williams-Lindgren of Emmaus Lutheran church and Deacon Christine Bennett of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary. It begins on Thursday, September 30 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. For more information or to register, call Deacon Christine at 207-653-2448 or the church office at 207-781-3366.
Sacred Ground: Finding Our Place in the History of Racism
The next 1-hour, online presentation in the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) Peacebuilding Online Project on Sunday, October 3 features Katrina Browne, the lead developer of the Sacred Ground curriculum which has been taken up by over 1700 circles in congregations across the country and is expanding in new ways, and will invite us to take an honest look at the history of race

Katrina Browne, produced/directed the Emmy-nominated "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North", a documentary about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden history of the North’s complicity in slavery, and her family’s reckoning with questions of privilege and repair. Traces premiered at Sundance (2008), aired on PBS, and contributed to the Episcopal Church's decision to atone for its role in slavery. Katrina now works for the Church as a consultant on the Becoming Beloved Community racial justice and healing initiatives.

This workshop is an overview of Sacred Ground (a film and readings-based dialogue on race) including discussion of clips from the films. Experienced facilitators will offer guidance for how to form small groups to walk through key chapters in America's history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family stories, economic class, and political and regional identity.

Register to attend online on Sunday, October 3 at 4:00 pm here.