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

Volume 21, Number 18  ~  September 26, 2019

 

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Season 2 of The Way of Love Podcast with Bishop Michael Curry has launched. Check out the first episode Mutual blessing through presence & relationships New episodes air every Tuesday through November 5 and reflection guides are available with each one. Visit the Way of Love podcast webpage to listen and subscribe and download guides.
What's New in the Episcopal Church in Maine
Prayers for...

the victims of the massive explosion and the entire grieving community of Farmington

the people of  Church of the Advent, Limestone. Please remember them in prayer on  September 29th. Here is a prayer you may use on Sunday:
We praise you, O God, for the 147 years of love shared from the Church of the Advent in Limestone, who finish their course of ministry this afternoon. To you be glory and praise for this community in our diocese.
Congratulations to...

Ms Klara Tammany, Executive Director of The Center for Wisdom's Women in Lewiston, who has been recognized for her powerful leadership and impact on women in Maine with a Women of Achievement Award in the field of Service by the YWCA Central Maine.  Sophia's House, a housing program for women initiated by The Center, is set to open in mid December of this year. 

Voices among us...

Bishop Brown was one of five Episcopal bishops who traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24 for meetings with senators and representatives from their dioceses to advocate for preserving the U.S. government's refugee resettlement program.  "Brown identified two main topics he and the other bishops sought to discuss with the lawmakers: EMM's long history of facilitating the refugee resettlement program and the church's concerns about the cuts in the number of refugees allowed in the country." Read more of this story here on ENS: 
Around the Diocese...
The 200th Convention of the Diocese of Maine
"Dirigo: On Christ the Solid Rock"  
Saturday, October 26, 2019
University of Southern Maine & Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland

Pre-convention hearings 
Two hearings are held in advance of the convention to allow parishioners and clergy to learn about business to come before convention including the 2020 diocesan budget.
 
TONIGHT! September 26 7pm  ~  St. Luke's Cathedral, 143 State Street, Portland 04101
Thursday, October 3 7pm  ~  St. Patrick's Church, 21 Holyoke Street, Brewer, 04412
 
Delegates and clergy are asked to please attend in-person or watch the live-stream of one of the two meetings on our  YouTube channel. 

Convention folder available
Items making up the electronic Convention Folder have been posted below and at episcopalmaine.org/convention/maine2019

Although a big portion of convention will be projected, if you would benefit by having an individual copy of any of the items below, please print or download them to your charged device. 

Here are the latest versions of these documents:
 
  Nominations  (15 pages)
  Proposed Resolutions 1-10 (11 pages) 
 
Copies of the finalized agenda and a music booklet will be provided to each person upon check-in the day of convention. 

Early convention registration closes October 4th
Registration prior to convention is required for everyone! All clergy, delegates and guests planning to attend should fill out the form below. Read Bishop Brown's welcome letter and invitation to register  here.
 
 
Registration ($30) will close on October 4th. Late registration ($35) will be open October 5th to October 11th. Please contact Teresa at tpinney@episcopalmaine.org if you have questions. 
Miqra: Standing on the Rock youth event in November


Youth from across the diocese are invited come and find their Rock.Youth in 6th-12th grade, along with young adult and adult staff, will gather to build friendships, play and pray alongside other teens, and crack open their faith.

Miqra: Standing on the Rock will be held at the Cathedral in Portland, November 1-3. We will explore Portland, play games, read through the Bible with fresh eyes and no pre-set answers, and discover how we are Standing on the Rock. Registration is $48 or $20 with financial aid. 100% financial aid is also available.

Miqra is Hebrew for "the public proclamation of Scripture." In order to support our youth, adults and congregations around the diocese will be invited to work together to read the entire canon of the Bible over the course of three days. Stay tuned for information about how to register to read aloud 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.

Visit www.maineyouth.org to register or read more. Download a flyer here. Contact the Rev. Sara D'Angio White, Youth Missioner, with any questions at (585) 749-9125 or sdangiowhite@episcopalmaine.org.
Diocese co-sponsors innovative retreat open to all


Please register for this retreat by sending your email address and phone number to eprior@cathedralofstluke.org, or call (207) 772-5434.
Survey for community solar farm project

The diocese is exploring the potential for faith communities to source electricity from instate renewables.  In order to issue the first of two RFPs to solar developers (this one in the CMP service area), an accurate electrical usage and cost projection is needed. Please help by completing this brief survey about your church or related property's electric usage by Monday, September 30th. Note that p roviding this information does not commit your parish to anything at this time.  If you have any questions, please contact  John Hennessy.
Regional confirmation at Saint Mary's, Falmouth Nov. 21

All are invited to gather on Thursday, November 21 from 5 to 7pm for a Common Ground Dinner and a celebration at the Lord's Table at 7pm with Bishop Brown. Everyone is welcome to attend either the dinner or the liturgy, or both! Common Ground dinners are community potlucks, so please bring something to share. If there is someone who feels called to be confirmed or received on this night, please be in touch with Episcopal Church of Saint Mary to coordinate at  smary@smary.org or (207) 781-3366.
Centering prayer workshop in Kennebunk Oct. 5

"Be still, and know that I am God " Psalm 46:10  St. David's Episcopal Church, Kennebunk welcomes one and all to attend the  Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop on  Saturday, October 5, 2019 which will present the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating who described centering prayer as "... a receptive silent prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship with God." The presenter will be the Rev. Deacon Darrell Blackwell of Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk. Deacon Darrell was ordained into the Roman Catholic Diaconate in 1996 and has been a Centering Prayer leader since 2015. Registration and coffee begin at 8:30am and the workshop runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm. FMI contact cathy@stdavidskennebunk.org
Service focused on the power of nature in Portland begins in October

St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland invites the entire community to take part in a new contemplative service offering, World Too Beautiful, that will emphasize environmental and community values such as the beauty of creation, the interconnection of all beings, and the need for harmony, encouragement and healing. The services will draw inspiration from diverse Christian traditions as we welcome people of all ages and nationalities to share in reflection, readings, music and prayer. There will be a gathering afterward for refreshments, fellowship and productive conversations. Service begins in October taking place on the First and Third Wednesdays of each month from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. Download a flyer here. FMI: marbypayson@gmail.com or ecparsons33@hotmail.com.
New state plan on aging

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Are you an older adult, an adult with a physical disability, a caregiver, an LGBTQ older adult, pre-retiree, a veteran or service provider? The Office of Aging and Disability Services wants to hear your input and learn from your experience as they design a new strategic plan fo address our communities needs.

The office is hosting eight public listening sessions around the state to gather your input on the priorities and strategies that are important to you. See the full schedule of these sessions here. For more information contact John Hennessy
Pihcintu mulitcultural choir to sing at All Saints in Skowhegan Oct. 5

All Saints in Skowhegan invites you to a concert on Saturday, October 5th at 4pm. This joyous chorus comes from Portland, Maine, an ever-expanding international resettlement community, and brings together children from diverse backgrounds to sing as one. Led by Con Fullam, award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, these vulnerable, yet brave, young women have learned to trust, hope, and laugh again.
Questions? Please email priest.allsaintsskowhegan@gmail.com
Concert free to all. Donations accepted to benefit Pihcintu.
Informational webinar for UTO Grant applicants Oct. 15

The United Thank Offering (UTO) has announced the availability of 2020 United Thank Offering Annual Grants. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2020, the focus is Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.

Application information and forms are available here. The deadline for submitting a grant application is March 6, 2020.

Potential applicants are invited to participate in an informational webinar offered by the UTO board on October 15, 2019 at noon and 8:00pm and again on January 14, 2020 at the same times. Contact the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, hmelton@episcopalchurch.org, with questions.

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