From your Dean

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage…”

So begins one of the prayers for our nation in the Book of Common Prayer. This prayer echoes both the 19th century sense of “Manifest Destiny” and the Doctrine of Discovery from a Papal Bull of 1452 which authorized conquest of non-Christian peoples and nations, setting the stage for the European taking of indigenous people’s land around the globe. These positions do not represent where the church is today.

At its convention on October 23, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will continue on a journey of repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery, repenting of racism, and righting old wrongs.

One resolution will ask every congregation to include a territorial acknowledgement in their services, something we will begin this week.

A second resolution confirms diocesan support for LD 1626 - An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims
Settlement Implementing Act - which seeks to correct the shameful treatment of indigenous peoples in the state of Maine. These resolutions may be found here.

The following explanation accompanies the convention resolutions and describes some of the history of the role of the Diocese of Maine in repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery.

 At its 2007 Convention the Diocese of Maine passed Resolution #2 repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery, two years later at the 76th General Convention the Episcopal Church also repudiated and renounced the Doctrine of Discovery as fundamentally opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Doctrine of Discovery empowered European nations to colonize the Americas. To steal the title to land, water and the very air through displacing its native inhabitants by acts of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The church not only blessed this process but was actively involved through Indian missions and church boarding schools. The Doctrine of Discovery in the colonial era was an instrument for the theft of land under the presence of evangelism. Despite the United States claim to secularism it is still a legal instrument in land claims in the United States today.

When trying to talk of this history we are faced with a conspiracy of silence in our cultural, political and educational representations of Native Americans. Most of our images of Native Americans portray distant people in the past, not the living in the present. Think of Thanksgiving stories in school, The Last of the Moheakens novels or numerous images of The Wild West, all fail to depict the continued presence of Native peoples on their ancestral territories. The regular use of Territory Acknowledgement (sometimes called Land Acknowledgements) created in accordance with this resolution will help to address the invisibility of Native American peoples and nations in the land the Doctrine of Discovery helped Christian’s steal. It will encourage all the members of the Diocese of Maine “to seek a greater understanding of the Indigenous Peoples within the geo-political boundaries claimed by the United States”, in accordance with the Resolution of General convention (2009-D035).
Looking ahead: Special Speaker on Sunday, October 10
For A Service honoring Indigenous People's Day
This Sunday we will have a service in honor of Indigenous People's Day.  We are fortunate to have John Dieffenbacher-Krall as our guest preacher on this day. 

John Dieffenbacher-Krall has devoted his adult life to activism, community organizing, and social change working for tribal, environmental, multi-issue, and intergovernmental groups in three states in addition to his considerable volunteer service. John currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wabanaki Alliance. The Wabanaki Alliance was created by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Indian Nation to educate the people of Maine about the need for securing the sovereignty of the tribes in Maine. 

Prior to serving as Executive Director of the Wabanaki Alliance Mr. Dieffenbacher-Krall held the position of Executive Director for the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC) for 12 ½ years. When he concluded his service as MITSC Executive Director the Right Reverend Stephen Lane appointed him chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations, a position he held until March 15, 2021. 

His past work to advance a more just relationship between Original Peoples and settlers includes a resolution he co-wrote that passed at the October 2007 Episcopal Diocese of Maine Convention calling for the renunciation of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and he was the principal co-author of Resolution D035, Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, adopted at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention held in July 2009. The Episcopal Church action inspired a number of other religious bodies and organizations to take similar action.

Mr. Dieffenbacher-Krall has also preached in several churches spanning five denominations in Maine and New York State about the Doctrine of Discovery along with giving a number of public talks on the subject. John was the official representative of the Diocese of Maine at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2012. During the two-week gathering, he drafted and delivered to the body on May 9 the “Intervention of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada Offering Suggested Actions on the Doctrine of Discovery and Domination.” On May 30, 2019, he gave a talk titled “The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination: How It Has Impacted the State of Maine Pre- and Post-Statehood” during the Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference hosted at the University of Maine. John is active with Decolonizing UMaine.
7:30 Holy Eucharist (in person)

9:00: Newcomer's Group (in person)

10:00 Holy Eucharist (in person)
Click here for livestream. 

11:30 Lemonade Hour in the Cloister, meet with the guest preacher.

11:30 meet the Labyrinth Architect (in garden)

11:30 The Judaism Seminar (in chapter room)

5:15 Holy Eucharist (in person)

National Cathedral worship on line at 11:15
Bulletins for all services are here.
Christian Ed
Christian Education - week beginning 10/10/21
There is no Sunday School this Sunday because it is a long weekend in honor of Indigenous Peoples. Sunday school resumes at 10 am on Sunday 10/17/21. A Sunday School program for 5th and 6th graders will begin, depending on interest. If you have a child in 5th and 6th grade who wishes to participate, please contact Sarah Dowling at
A Newcomer’s group will meet this Sunday, October 10 at 9 am in the Chapter Room on the ground level. This group will be led by Cathedral clergy. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, to St. Luke’s, or just would like a refresher, you are most welcome.
Our confirmation group has been meeting on a regular basis. Our next meeting will be after church on October 24th. We will have a meeting first and then move outdoors to build a new picnic table with our neighbors and share a barbecue with them.
Funeral Planning: Have you thought about planning your funeral, but don’t know where to start? October 16 we will meet with information and forms to help you plan your funeral. Cathedral clergy will be on hand to guide you; Albert Melton will be there to help you consider music; the Rev. Ted Gaiser, a priest and financial advisor, will present how financial planning can be helpful in this area and will be available to answer questions; and Priscilla Webster will provide information on the Memorial Garden and the Columbarium. This group will meet on October 16, in the Upper Parish Hall from 9 am - 12pm. To register, please email:

Bob Hanson is teaching a study group on “Our Hebrew Lord and Our Hebrew heritage: Our Lord's influences and accomplishments.” This group meets after church at 11:30 in the Chapter Room.. Please contact Bob Hanson for more information at
Grief and Hope Group This new group is meeting the second Wednesday of the month at 10 AM in the Upper Parish Hall. At our first meeting of this newly forming group we decided to focus on grief: grief experienced, anticipated grief, our stories around grief, and where and how we find hope. This is a time to share our stories, strengthen old connections, and make new connections. The next meeting, on October 13, will be a hybrid. Zoom link here if you would like to attend that way:
Eleanor+ facilitates this group. Please contact her if you have any questions or thoughts.
St. Luke’s participates in a collaborative Youth Group which also includes: HopeGateway, State Street, Williston Immanuel, and Woodfords churches. This group is for 7th-12th graders. The Youth Group is currently in the process of hiring a leader, and we will update you as we get information.
Historic Preservation Board unanimously approves
first phase of front churchyard plan!

Meet with Labyrinth Architect Jennifer Bear Sunday at 11:30
Last night Portland's Historic Preservation Board unanimously approved the first phase of our front churchyard plan that includes the labyrinth and rain gardens/plantings. During this meeting the board asked many thoughtful questions, and our our landscape designer Jennifer Bear did a terrific job explaining the vision and plans. Meet with our Labyrinth Architect on Sunday at 11:30: Jennifer Bear, Landscape Designer and Environmental Planner is in town from France, where she lives and has been designing our labyrinth. Come to the front yard of the cathedral at 11:30 on Sunday to have a conversation with Jennifer and see the designs that were brought to the City of Portland's Historic Preservation Board on Wednesday night. Special thanks to Jennifer for sharing her amazing talent and time with St. Luke’s!
Native Voices: A Response to The Episcopal Church’s History
 with Indian Boarding Schools

Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 (Indigenous People's Day)
5 to 6:30 p.m. ET

Join us for a panel discussion with Indigenous Episcopalians across the country as they respond to a statement on Indigenous boarding schools issued by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Jennings. A moderated Q&A will follow the panel.
Scheduled Panelists
·        The Rev. Bradley Hauff, Indigenous missioner of The Episcopal Church, moderator, Lakota
·        The Rev. Isaiah (Shaneequa) Brokenleg, The Episcopal Church Office of Justice, Reconciliation and Creation Care, Lakota
·        Buzz McDonald, Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Caddo tribe
·        Pearl Chanar, Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, Athabascan
·        The Venerable Paul Sneve, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, Lakota
·        Christine McCleave, CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
·        Forrest Cuch, Episcopal Diocese of Utah, Ute Tribe
·        The Rev. Bude VanDyke, Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, Eastern Band of Cherokee, musician
The livestream webinar will be recorded and posted on the Indigenous Ministries Facebook page for later viewing.
Click here to register
Outreach for October
The Haiti Committee
The school year has begun at our partner parish, St. Simon St. Jude in Duny, Haiti. Thanks to generous donations from parishioners here at St. Luke's we were able to supply the school with the necessary plates and spoons (see photo below). Last year we expanded our partnership to include Trinity Hope Feeding program and they require a plate and spoon for every child. They provide rice and beans for the school and St. Luke's provides the funds to purchase oil, peppers, coconut, herring, charcoal for cooking, the salary for the cook and charcoal supplier.  The director’s daughter is helping him unpack the new items for the school kitchen in the second photo. In the third photo, you can see the food supplies that the director has to pick up monthly for our lunch program.

Thank you St. Luke's for your continued support!
The Haiti-Maine Partnership
Haiti Book Study
Tune in Tuesday evening, October 12
for the first session of our book study

Celebrating Haiti and our decade long partnership with the village of Duny, please join our Zoom Book Study which begins on Tuesday evening, October 12 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We will meet every other week for four sessions. (Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 23) The book is Haiti, The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois.  This text is highly recommended. If you have gone through the Sacred Ground course you might find it especially interesting. Some copies of the book will be available to borrow at the Cathedral. It is also available on Kindle for $12.99. Please email Meredith Cough to sign up and/or reserve a book, subject Book Study. We will discuss chapter one and two this Tuesday.

Join Zoom Meeting here.

Meeting ID: 821 8794 9392
Passcode: 594943
St. E's Volunteers Needed on October 12th
Our coat distribution is going smoothly!

We would like to continue to distribute coats on the 12th and are in need a few more volunteers to make this possible. If you are able to assist, please let me know by emailing me here.
With great thanks!
Sarah Borgeson, Executive Director, St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center
PPEAT meeting October 12
The Public Policy and Environmental Action Team will meet Tuesday October 12 from 6-7 PM. All are welcome. Click here to join us.  
Grief and Hope Group
Wednesday, October 13, 10:00 am
This new group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 am in the Upper Parish Hall. At our first meeting we decided to focus on grief: grief experienced, anticipated grief, our stories around grief, and where and how we find hope. This is a time to share our stories, strengthen old connections, and make new connections. The next meeting, on October 13, will be a hybrid. Zoom link here if you would like to attend that way. Eleanor+ facilitates this group. Please contact her if you have any questions or thoughts.
Free Concert on October 27!
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band

Wed Oct 27 at 7pm is a Free Concert -- their only concert in Maine!

From their website: The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Langley Field, now Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; its current home.

For over seventy-five years, the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. Members bring music to the mid-Atlantic in live concerts and to the nation in televised events such as "The Today Show" and the DESERT STORM National Victory Parade, as well as presidential inaugural events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U.S presidents and foreign heads of state, including the Queen of England and the President of France. Using today's technology, the band reaches a world wide audience through its website, social media and audio recordings. Additionally, the band travels more than 150,000 miles to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a fifteen-state region from Maine to South Carolina.

In recent years, the mission of Air Force Bands has become an expeditionary one. The Blue Aces were among the first groups to tour Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa to support coalition and Joint forces serving in the Global War on Terrorism.

The USAF Heritage of America Band's exceptional musicianship has earned international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Band, North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America's musical heritage in the 21st century.
Holiday mini fairs to kick off the St. Luke's holiday season
Joan's Jams and Jellies
The Holiday Fair Team has been busy planning a series of Mini-Fairs that will help bring the holiday spirit plus wonderful gifts and goodies to St. Luke's. Please bring your shopping lists, check books and appetites to support these merry, merry events.

October 31 - Mini Fair Kick-Off - Downstairs Foyer - after the 10 AM service.
 Order your homemade Pie In the Sky Thanksgiving pies (for pick up Thanksgiving week) and get Halloween treats from some of our youngest Fair volunteers.

Nov. 7, 14 & 21 - Joan's Homemade Jams & Jellies - at coffee hours. 
Perfect gifts or to enjoy yourself. A few new favorites this year. 

  • Enchanted Garden - the Plant Ladies that brought you the June Plant Sale are back to help decorate your home for the holidays;
  • Select Furniture - Sam Allen has been in his workshop and will be offering an 1880's vintage high-chair (estimated valued $1,400) and a beautiful drop-leaf dining table. Online sale or to highest SLC bidder;
  • Gifts to Go - just in time for host/ess gifts;
  • Let's Bundle Up - beautiful hand-made woolens - perfect winter gifts;
  • Jewelry - great treasures to be had at great prices. Online sale or to highest SLC bidder.
FMI or to volunteer contact Dawn here.
Fall offerings
Special Sundays Continue!

So many people loved last week's Blessing of the Animals and Creation Centered Service. Special Sundays 10am services are continuing!

Oct 10 - Indigenous People's Day
Oct 24 - St Luke's Day, blessing of kneelers and prayer shawls
Nov 7 - All Saints Day, remembrance of those who died during Covid
Nov 14 - Stewardship ingathering
Nov 21 - Christ the King and celebration of the Rev. Alice Goshorn on her retirement

New Link for Contemplative Prayer! Please join us Thursdays at 4:30 on Zoom - click here to join! We begin with a short scripture reading and spend 30 minutes in silence together. All are welcome!
Kneeler Guild and Prayer Shawl Ministry
Come Thursday afternoons 2-4 pm in the Upper Hall. Safe working space, wear masks, everyone is vaccinated. Meet old & new friends. Supplies and instruction available. We have been meeting since Covid began, it helped us get through the hard times. Come join us, bring a project from home, if you are not sure what you want to do.
Click here to see some of our kneelers. The kneeler and prayer shawl dedication will be on October 24.
Taizé returns on Wednesday, October 13 (Please note new date). We meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, gathering at 5:30 pm with the service at 5:45 pm. World Too Beautiful is set to return this fall as well - More info to come.

Evening Compline We meet online Monday - Friday at 8:00 pm. Join our evening compline service via ZOOM
Monday & Wednesday, led by Tom and Emma Flinn, Tuesday & Thursday, led by Jon Radtke
Friday, led by Ray Davis Murdoch Curry

Portland Rossini Club Concerts are back LIVE at St. Luke's after a long hiatus during covid. The next concert is slated for for Sunday, October 17 at 3:00 pm.

Save the Date - World Too Beautiful , Wednesday, Nov. 3 . “What is World Too Beautiful?” you ask? It’s a monthly service that uses liturgy, personal reflections, silence, photographs and the achingly beautiful Native American-style music of Kevin Reams to celebrate God as the creative energy that flows in and through the natural world. Join us in person or via Zoom from 6:15-7:00 pm.
Stay tuned for link.

Choral Evensong returns! We gather on Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 pm .

Stay tuned for more offerings !
Upcoming Stewardship Campaign

Fall is in the air and among the many other things going on at the Cathedral, it’s time for our annual Stewardship Campaign to raise money for next year. The theme of this year’s Campaign, “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds”, reflects our ongoing process of reopening church safely despite the pandemic and opening our hearts and minds to what we want to be as a church in the next few years. The goal for pledges for 2022 is $470,000, up 3% from 2021. Even so, because of pressure caused by rising costs, including energy and loss of the Diocesan subsidy for the Canon Pastor position, we expect the budget to be very tight.

Stewardship materials will be mailed to you just after the middle of October, with Ingathering Sunday November 14, by when you are asked to return your pledge cards to the Cathedral. You will also be able to pledge on-line; more information on that to come.
World Too Beautiful in November
World Too Beautiful is a contemplative service of word, silence, photography, and the hauntingly beautiful flute music of Kevin Reams, heard in church last Sunday. It celebrates the presence of God in all the cycles of nature and of our lives. It will meet the first Wednesday of each month from 6:15-7:00 pm in Emmanuel Chapel or on Zoom beginning November 3.
The Greater Chapter Meeting, an annual gathering of the Bishop, Standing Committee and Honorary Canons with the vestry, was held Wednesday.
The following is the Dean's Report to the Greater Chapter. 
Dean’s Report to chapter – October 6, 2021

Over the past year, the mission and ministry of the cathedral has never ceased!
-         Worship continued on line (livestream and zoom) and since Pentecost has been in person as well. Noon Zoom, Compline, and other services continue to reach people at home.
-         Sunday school for kids is offered on zoom. Adult Ed is on zoom and on line. We are on our fourth Sacred Ground Group and have had numerous book studies and other classes on anti-racism, including partnership with St Ansgar’s Lutheran Church.
-         Our office never closed, with people regularly coming to the cathedral throughout the pandemic. The cathedral’s staff and volunteers have all worked above and beyond, putting in a huge amount of hours, demonstrating great care, compassion, and flexibility.
-         With the Bach Festival in August, Rossini Concerts in September, and the Air Force Band in October, concerts have returned.
-         Our outreach efforts, particularly the St. Luke’s Food Pantry and St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee center, have been the true highlights of this last year. Each never stopped in-person service to those in need. Each has adapted and grown significantly. With partnerships of many local agencies and groups and a strong core of volunteers, the food pantry has been a continual sign of God’s abundance and hope, with huge amounts of food and huge smiles on faces, every week!
-         Significant improvements of infrastructure have been accomplished.
o  Complete redo of internal wiring, allowing for a change over to Spectrum for high speed internet. Continual upgrades and tweaking to our livestream and tech capabilities, new phones, a new camera, and more.
o  A new professional level kitchen with exhaust system and extensive structural work.
o  A completely refurbished choir room, including poured concrete floor.
o  A new columbarium constructed in the bishop’s garden.
o  Final plans and designs in place for a labyrinth in the front of the cathedral, part of a larger design to make the cathedral more welcoming to the neighborhood.
-         Thanks to strong giving and PPP funds, the cathedral budget is strong, with good reserves. There is a small amount of money left in the Living Stones Campaign that will be spent on various physical plant pieces and the finishing of the kitchen. Note that the cathedral’s treasurer and finance committee laid the foundation for the entire diocese receiving PPP, something that would not have happened without the cathedral’s connections and prep work with People’s Bank. Current budget:  $728,304 Endowment: $3,962,075
-         Challenges: Our current attendance is small and many people have drifted away, kids have not come back yet. PPP resources are good but will not continue in future years.
o  Need to rebuild our congregation and reenergize our efforts of reaching ou.t
o  To this end, have hired a new communications firm, are redoing website, opening kitchen, and continually trying to improve the quality of our livestream.
o  We are also beginning a Strategic Planning Process and look forward to receiving diocesan (and Greater Chapter!) input this evening.
This report was followed by a discussion in which members of the Greater Chapter talked about their own experiences during Covid and impact of the ministry of the Cathedral on the congregations they attend. These included:
o  Appreciation for the St. Luke's on-line worship, viewed by people throughout the diocese
o  Recognition of the importance of "new monasticism" seen in Compline and Noon Zoom
o  Thanks for leadership on Sacred Ground, International work in Haiti, being church in a new way
o  Thanks for concerts such as the Bach Festival
o  Thanks for honest and open sharing about joys, struggles, grief, and fear as we move forward together.